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Lewes Historical Society Historical Interpreter & Museum Associate Internship – 10 Weeks 

Spend your summer at the Lewes Historical Society and immerse yourself in its maritime past.

 We are seeking two undergraduate students who are passionate about history and the museum field.  This internship intends to provide an opportunity to hone individual research skills by working alongside museum professionals and experiencing how academic history and research can be translated into public history. Our organization seeks to share the diverse and rich past of Lewes, Delaware through first- and third-person living history interpretation. Interpreters are responsible for engaging with the public through demonstrations while wearing authentic period attire (approved by the Lewes Historical Society).  Weekly interaction with the public takes place at the Lewes Maritime Museum-Cannonball House, re-created Sussex Tavern, and the soon-to-open Mary E. Hugg Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate Exchange.

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On a Tuesday – Saturday weekly schedule, three days a week, interns will be working directly with the Interpretive Staff. Weekly interpretive tasks will vary and may include learning and conducting historic carpentry work, sewing, building, gardening, and assisting in demands, such as tours, at our historic sites. On at least seven nonconsecutive days students will have the opportunity to work alongside Archival staff to have the opportunity to conduct research within our Collections library and archive, researching specific topics and individuals related to agriculture and farming in 18th c. Lewes or the mercantile infrastructure of maritime Lewes in that same period. (Specific topics to be agreed upon between interns and the Director of Interpretation) This research will then be worked into an interpretive demonstration, program, and character, to be shared with LHS staff after the 10-week internship period.  

Internships are designed to expose students to all aspects of public history in a mid-sized non-profit museum setting. Completing an LHS internship will ensure a student’s decision to pursue a career path, and focus, related to multiple aspects of the public history field. As such, selected intern(s) will also be participating in significant Lewes Historical Society Educational Programming; Boat Build (June 6 -10), and Children’s Summer Camp (July 18 – 28).   

This is a full-time, thirty-hour-per-week internship, working Tuesday- Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM for 10 weeks. This is a paid opportunity with individuals each receiving a $3,500.00 stipend and a $400 historic clothing allowance (to be overseen by the Director of Interpretation) To apply, click below for an application.  Questions can be directed to Marcos Salaverria, Director of Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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