As the 2021 season remains uncertain, we are still deciding what our Young History Scholar Intern program will look like this year. However, if you are interested in an internship, please contact us at bidwellhouse@gmail.com.

Students with an interest in history – particularly local Berkshire and colonial history – can apply to become a Young History Scholar Intern.

Interns spend ten days at the Museum. If the Museum is open for tours, 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 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 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. 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 ten days out over a longer period), please indicate that on your application. Internships in the office when the Museum is not open can be flexible and work with your schedule.  Some of your work can even be done from home.

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: bidwellhouse@gmail.com, 413-528-6888. An application can be found HERE.

 

Our 2020 Young History Scholar Internship Program was supported in part by grants from the Sheffield Cultural Council and New Marlborough Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.