The Bidwell House Museum offers high school and college students with an interest in history — particularly local Berkshire colonial history – the opportunity to become a Young History Scholar Intern. The museum will offer up to 8 students the chance to get an inside look at the historic house and the operations of a non-profit Museum.

Interns spend 10 days at the museum. For the first 5 days interns will learn about colonial Berkshire history, the Bidwell family, the house, the property and the collection, and how docents give tours.  For the last 5 days of the experience, each intern chooses a research topic on which to write a short 2-3 page paper and begins to give tours of the museum as a junior docent.

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 this field.

Recent summer interns have come from the following towns and school districts: Adams, Great Barrington, Lenox, New Marlborough, Monterey, Sandisfield, South Lee, Tyringham, New York City, Ashland, OR, Fort Mill, SC, Albany Academy, Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, Monument Mountain High School, and Mt. Everett Regional High School.

Thanks in part to grants from the Monterey, New Marlborough and Sheffield Cultural Councils, as well as private sponsors and friends of the museum; each intern receives a $500 stipend for the 10 day internship. Internships typically run 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 10 days out over a longer period, please indicate that on your application.

Applications for the summer 2019 season will be accepted until all positions are filled.  Please call or email Heather Kowalski, Executive Director of the museum, with any questions about this program:, 413-528-6888.

For new interns, please click Intern-Application 2019 to apply

For returning interns, please click Returning Intern Application 2019  to apply