The Bidwell House Museum in Monterey is offering high school and college students an exciting opportunity this summer!

Students with an interest in history – particularly local Berkshire and colonial history – can apply to become a Young History Scholar Intern. The Museum will offer up to eight students the chance to get an inside look at the historic house and the operations of a non-profit museum.

Interns spend ten days at the museum. For the first five days, interns will learn about colonial Berkshire history, the Bidwell family, the house, the property, and the collection, along with how docents give tours. For the last five days of the experience each intern begins to give tours of the museum as a junior docent. They can also chooses a research topic on which to write a short 2-3 page paper or work on a time specific project with Museum staff

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, Pittsfield, New Marlborough, Monterey, Sandisfield, South Lee, Tyringham, New York City, Ashland, OR, Fort Mill, SC, Albany Academy, Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, Miss Hall’s, Monument Mountain High School, and Mt. Everett Regional High School.

Thanks in part to grants from Local Cultural Councils, as well as private sponsors and friends of the Museum; each intern receives a $500.00 stipend for the ten 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 ten days out over a longer period), please indicate that on your application.

Applications for the summer 2020 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 2020  to apply

For returning interns, please click Returning Intern Application 2020  to apply