Internships provide an opportunity to explore career opportunities in the field. The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is pleased to make internships available in various departments, including our Conservation Laboratory, Education Department and more. Positions are available subject to current opportunities and projects as well as qualifications of the applicant.
To apply for any of these positions, please call us at (802) 475-2022, or send a resume and cover letter describing relevant experience and coursework to:
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes, VT 05491
We have filled our 2013 Conservation Laboratory internship positions, but volunteers are always welcomed.
Lab Interns are primarily responsible for collections management and interpretation of archaeological conservation projects to the general public. Opportunities exist to gain experience in artifact documentation, drafting, using PastPerfect Museum software, creating typologies, preparing exhibits or packaging objects for storage, and authoring archaeological reports. Interns may be asked to give a presentation to a visiting group, write a blog post about their experiences, or perform research tasks. Depending on project availability, Lab Staff will also provide instruction in basic conservation treatment methods in a "hands-on" environment, with artifacts recovered from excavations throughout the Champlain Valley and New England. For those interested in a career in the museum field, collaboration with other departments such as Education or the Maritime Research Institute is possible.
Applicants should have some academic background or experience with archaeology and/or history, and have a desire to expand their laboratory skills. Interns are expected to work 5 days (40 hours) per week, including one weekend day. Cost of living stipends are available for qualified applicants. Academic credit may be arranged by students through their home institution.
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and 2 references in either PDF or Word format by email to Chris Sabick, Director of Conservation (email@example.com), Subject: Conservation Lab Internship
Educational Programs Assistant
Provide support, develop programs, organize materials, lead hands-on activities for children in a thriving museum environment. Teaching subjects include maritime history, marine science, archaeology, conservation, and early American history and culture.
Term: Summer, flexible
Hours: Flexible, at least one day each week
Requirements: Experience working with children and subjects covered.
Coordinate efforts to recruit new members, meet and survey existing members, create programs for museum members, and assist with member communication and management. This experience will provide an intensive way to learn more about the fundamentals of museum operations.
Hours: Flexible, Monday–Friday
Requirements: Intern must have excellent public speaking skills, enthusiasm, and an ability to work well with museum visitors of all ages; willingness to learn; a commitment to being a cooperating player on an energetic team. Some knowledge of LCMM, Lake Champlain and its history, marketing and development skills helpful, but not required.
Boat Building Educator
Interns will work with the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum staff in our innovative Champlain Longboats Program. Eight high school students from a special education program for students with learning disabilities spend five months building a thirty-two foot rowing boat in our LCMM boat shop. The focus is to engage these students in a positive place-based educational environment where they can learn real-life skills.
Interns work alongside boat-builders and special educators. It is not necessary to have boat building skills, but a desire to get your hands dirty and work with kids is essential. Learn more about Champlain Longboats.
Term: Flexible between November - May
Hours: 8:30 A.M.5:00 P.M., Monday-Friday
Requirements: Must be patient and have a desire to work with teenagers. Should enjoy working with hands, and have an interest in boat building. Positive energy and a desire to learn required.
Contact: Nick Patch
Assist experienced rowing coaches in training middle and high school students to row as a team in a 32’ wooden pilot gig on Lake Champlain and nearby Otter Creek. Boats are student-built, and rowing excursions include team races on Lake Champlain, nearby Otter Creek, and possibly Boston harbor.
Term: Flexible between April–November
Hours: After school and occasional days during school year.
Requirements: Familiarity with crew or open water rowing a plus, but not essential. Must be patient and enjoy working with teenagers, have a positive attitude and a desire to learn
Kayak Program Assistant
Assist boat builders and educators in working with teens building their own 17’ sea kayaks. Participate in a successful, outdoor education program on Lake Champlain by encouraging students in team building, self-esteem development, and tool use.
Term: Flexible between June–August
Hours: 8:30 A.M.–5:00 P.M.
Requirements: Must be patient and enjoy working with teenagers, have a positive attitude and a desire to learn Internships are non-paid positions with credit available as needed.