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Posted: 12/16/2015

American Independence Museum

Opened to the public in 1991, the American Independence Museum includes the 1721 Ladd-Gilman House, a National Historic Landmark, and the Folsom Tavern, built in 1775. The museum chronicles the pivotal role of the Town of Exeter and the Ladd and Gilman families in the nationís founding, as well as the origins of the NH Society of the Cincinnati. The museum's permanent collection of documents includes an original Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence and early drafts of the U.S. Constitution.

Summer Museum Intern
Internship Opportunity
Exeter, NH

The American Independence Museum seeks College Summer Interns to work at its historic Ladd-Gilman House and Folsom Tavern in Exeter, New Hampshire. The internships will provide a solid introduction to museum work with emphasis on:

  • Developing and executing educational programs
  • Day-to-day museum operations including events and museum shop
  • Maintaining and cataloguing a museum collection
  • Supporting fundraising and marketing efforts

Over the course of the summer, interns will have a research project on which to work, which will be presented at the conclusion of the internship. Additionally, all interns will learn to give tours of the museum.†


The intern will set his/her own schedule, which will consist of two days a week (14 hours a week total).† The schedule must include Wednesdays and one other day of the interns choosing, during the museums open hours (Tuesday Saturday, 9:00am - 4:00pm).† With his/her schedule, the intern should be flexible and available during select holidays and weekends.† Intern must be available during the American Independence Festival on July 16, 2016.

The duration of the internship is 10-12 weeks, with an anticipated start date of May 30, 2016.† Interns who can begin earlier than May 30 are welcome to do so.† Those who are interested in the Education Department and would like to take a more active role in assisting with school programs are encouraged to begin earlier as well.†


Interns should be in the process of completing their Bachelor's degree in history, education, museum studies or a related subject. Although the position is unpaid, this is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a museum in transition and can be completed for course credit. †Self-motivation, flexibility, and the ability to work well with others - especially children - are required. †

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How to apply
Please submit a resume, cover letter and a list of three references to apietrantonio@independencemuseum.org by March 15, 2016.
Abigail Pietrantonio

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