Employment \\ Internships and Fellowships

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Internships

Seeking a creative outlet? Find yourself drawn to creative places and people? Wonder what goes on behind the scenes in museums? Want to work as part of a vibrant, exciting team?


If your answer is a resounding "Yes!" an internship at PEM is the perfect fit. PEM offers the chance to work side by side with professionals in diverse fields and make valuable contacts within the museum world. Be ready to bring ideas to the table, set goals and accomplish meaningful projects. You might shoot and produce a video for integrated media, write a marketing plan, coordinate a wedding or build part of an exhibition. Interns learn invaluable professional and time-management skills. Plus, a museum is an exciting and creative place to work! Volunteer internships are available with flexible hours in a range of departments. The program also includes Q&A sessions with staff and fellow interns that might focus on behind-the-scenes operations, current exhibitions and how to get a job.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2017 Internships. Deadline for submissions is August 11, 2017. Internships begin on September 7, 2017. If you are seeking an internship for credit, please include your school's deadline for response on page one of the application. Email your application, cover letter and resume to internships@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970-3783.

  1. Internships \\ Art & Nature Center
    Art & Nature Center Intern

    Join the Art & Nature Center (ANC) as an intern. You’ll greet and help visitors in the recently renovated ANC and monitor how families interact with exhibits.

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  2. Internships \\ Education
    Connected Learning Intern

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  3. Internships \\ Family Programs
    Creative Engagement Intern

    Work closely with the creative engagement programming staff to research and produce a wide variety of programs with a focus on families and young children, including Studio Discoveries, Drop-in Art Making and Family Festivals.

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  4. Internships \\ Exhibitions and Research
    Curatorial Intern

    Join the curatorial team as an intern assisting with research for upcoming exhibitions and curatorial projects.

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  5. Internships \\ Exhibition and Research II
    Curatorial Intern

    Join the curatorial team as an intern assisting with research for upcoming exhibitions, gallery installations, and curatorial projects.

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  6. Internships \\ Creative Services
    Design Intern

    Join the Creative Services team as a design intern. If you are nearing completion of a graphics art degree and would like to gain significant workplace experience before graduation, this is the ideal internship for you.

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  7. Internships \\ Development
    Development Intern

    Join the Development team as an intern. You'll assist in all aspects of the Peabody Essex Museum's fundraising operations.

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  8. Internships \\ Interpretation
    Evaluation and Interpretation Intern

    Do you love museums and want to help make them more accessible and engaging to all audiences?

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  9. Internships \\ Executive Office
    Executive Office Intern

    Join the Executive Office as an intern in support of the Executive Director and CEO.

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  10. Internships \\ Exhibition Research and Publishing
    Exhibition Research and Publishing Rights Intern

    Are you passionate about museums, books, and good data management? The Exhibition Research and Publishing Department is looking for an enthusiastic intern with an interest in learning more about copyright.

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  11. Internships \\ Interpretation
    Interpretation Editorial Intern

    Do you love museums and want to help make them more accessible and engaging to all audiences?

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  12. Internships \\ Marketing
    Marketing Intern - Spring 2018 only

    Join the Marketing team as an intern. As a ready contributor to our marketing team, you'll assist the department in researching and writing our monthly tourism newsletter, radio spots and e-blasts to PEM subscribers.

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  13. Internships \\ Museum Shop
    Merchandising Intern

    Join the Merchandising team as a fall intern to work on marketing for social media and add content to our online site PEMshop.com.

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  14. Internships \\ Native American Fellowship team
    Native American Fellowship Program Intern

    Join the Native American Fellowship team as we expand our program, providing multifaceted support working across the various areas of the museum on the coordination of time, personnel, and large financial resources to produce an award-winning program.

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  15. Internships \\ Curatorial Department
    New Initiatives Intern

    Conduct research, provide administrative support, and produce reports for the New Initiatives Manager.

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Fellowships


PEM offers summer fellowship opportunities for graduate students and cultural professionals of Native American, Native Hawaiian or Alaska Native background. These paid, full-time, 11-week fellowships prepare participants for leadership positions in the museum field and/or the nonprofit cultural sector. The program presents a comprehensive perspective on the theory and practice of museum leadership, in the context of a meaningful, in-depth project within a department of the museum. Weekly intensive workshops, field trips, lodging, travel expenses and a stipend are included. School credit is available upon official request.

Email your application, essay, letters of recommendation, official school transcript and resume to jennifer_himmelreich@pem.org or mail to Jennifer Himmelreich, Native American Fellowship Program Specialist, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970.