Employment \\ Internships and Fellowships

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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 2019 Internships. Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2019. Internships begin on September 5, 2019. If you are seeking an internship for credit, please include your school's deadline for response on the form.

  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 ANC and monitor how families interact with exhibits. You’ll help maintain exhibits, teach interactive programs and art activities.

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  2. Internships \\ Exhibition and Research
    Curatorial Intern

    Join the curatorial team as an intern assisting with research for upcoming exhibitions and curatorial projects. Assignments will include helping to develop and manage the working list of objects for upcoming exhibitions and assisting with research as directed.

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  3. 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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  4. Internships \\ Development
    Development Intern

    Join the PEM’s fundraising department as an intern. You’ll assist in all aspects of the Peabody Essex Museum’s development operations.

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  5. Internships \\ Development
    Development Events Intern

    Join the Development team as an events intern. Assist the Director of Development Events in the successful planning, organizing and execution of cultivation, stewardship and fundraising events, including the Annual Gala; assist with events planned by the Museum Director’s office, Curatorial, and Marketing departments.

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  6. Internships \\ Employee Experience
    Employee Experience Intern

    Join the Employee Experience team as an intern and get a broad view of how a Human Resources Department operates at a large Museum. You’ll gain practical, professional office experience in a fast-paced environment.

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  7. Internships \\ Exhibition Research and Publishing
    Exhibition Research and Publishing Editorial Intern

    Are you passionate about museums, books, and good writing? The Exhibition Research and Publishing Department is looking for an enthusiastic intern with an interest in museum editorial to join our team.

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  8. Internships \\ Marketing
    Marketing Intern

    Join the Marketing team as an intern. As a ready contributor to our marketing team, you’ll assist the department in Google Ad words, Exhibition research and media planning and buying.

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  9. Internships \\ Museum Shop
    Merchandising Intern

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

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  10. Internships \\ Neuroscience Initiative
    Neuroscience Initiative Intern

    Come work with PEM’s Neuroscience Researcher, using neuroscience to help inform the design of art experiences within the Museum!

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Native American Fellowship Program

2018 Summer Fellowship application period is now open.