Students with an interest in history – particularly local Berkshire and colonial history – can apply to become a Young History Scholar Intern.
The internship experience at the Museum has two primary elements: interns will learn about colonial Berkshire history, the Bidwell family, the house, the property, and the collection, along with how docents give tours, leading to giving tours of the Museum as a junior docent. They can also choose a research topic on which to write a short 2-3 page paper or work on a time-specific project with Museum staff.
If the Museum is closed for tours, interns will help with office, archival, and collections-based projects. There are also opportunities for becoming a garden intern: learn about historic horticulture while assisting with our heritage, herb, and flower gardens.
Students gain valuable skills in research, public speaking, and working in a professional environment. This internship is a great skill-builder for students looking to continue their education in history and history-adjacent fields.
Recent summer interns have come from the following towns and schools: Adams; Great Barrington; Lenox; Monterey; New Marlborough; Pittsfield; Sandisfield; South Lee; Tyringham; Ashland, OR; Fort Mill, SC; New York City; Albany Academy; College of the Holy Cross; Ethical Culture Fieldston School; Lenox Memorial Middle and High School; Miss Hall’s School; Monument Mountain Regional High School; Mount Everett Regional High School; Pittsfield High School; Smith College; University of Connecticut; Ursinus College; Williams College; and more.
In the past, for internships when the Museum is open, the schedule is typically Thursday – Monday, 11 am to 4 pm, two weeks in a row. However, if you are interested but cannot commit to two straight weeks (i.e. your summer work schedule necessitates that you spread the days out over a longer period), or you’re interested in a longer internship, please indicate that on your application. Internships can be flexible and work with your schedule. Some of your work can even be done remotely.
If you are interested in a possible internship with the Museum, please call or email Heather Kowalski, Executive Director, with any questions about this program: firstname.lastname@example.org, 413-528-6888. An application can be found HERE.