About Hanford Mills Museum

Paid Summer Interpretation Internship

Brief Description: Hanford Mills Museum (HMM) operates an authentic water and steam-powered National Register-listed historic site in East Meredith, NY. The Museum seeks an intern to work closely with staff on a variety of key projects related to education programs and interpretation.  Internship projects may be flexible depending on the intern’s interests and qualifications.


  • Assist with site tours, interpretation, and visitor services activities; work with staff to evaluate site interpretation and develop recommendations for future interpretive changes and growth
  • Assist with developing and implementing public programs
  • Assist with coordinating, implementing, and evaluating school programs and field trips
  • Develop new event and exhibit-related programming and activities
  • Complete research related to HMM and its future interpretive efforts
  • Assist staff with other projects and operational activities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong communication skills and an engaging public presence
  • Enrolled in or recently completed bachelor’s or master’s degree program in museum studies, history,  education, environmental studies, or a related field
  • Experience in interpretation, presenting public programs, and/or working with school groups
  • Knowledge of basic interpretive practices
  • Ability to perform tasks that require moderate physical exertion, stand/walk for long periods on varying surfaces, inside and outside, and in a variety of conditions
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends, evenings, and holidays

Duration and Compensation: This paid summer internship will last 8-10 weeks with the potential to extend. The work week will generally be Wednesdays-Sundays. Interns will work 37.5 hours per week and be paid $15.00 per hour.

To apply: Email a cover letter describing the fit between applicant’s professional experience and position responsibilities; resume; and contact information for three professional references to Beth Rafter at [email protected]. Hiring will begin April 1 on a rolling basis until filled.