Perkins Fellowship Program

The fellowship is a program in research and hands-on museum practice open to graduate and post-graduates. The fellow will work on site in the Society’s archives, collections and/or historic structures on projects that vary from year to year, depending on the needs of the organization and the interests and skills of the fellow. Fellows receive the Breckenridge Patterson Perkins stipend, which varies depending on the project type and length. Room and board are not provided.

The Perkins Fellowship started in 1988. The program was created to provide students interested in establishing museum and cultural academic careers with the opportunity to conduct meaningful research and present it in a public forum. Today The Fellowship is open to graduate and post-graduate students pursuing museum, archival, preservation, or academic careers. Selection is very competitive. Academic credit may be arranged through the applicant’s school. Applicants are not required to be currently enrolled at an academic institution at the time of their admission to the Fellowship program. Previous museum or archival experience is strongly preferred. For more information about the Perkins Fellowship Program, please direct inquiries to: collectionsmanager@oldyork.org.

Collections Intern

The Old York Historical Society periodically seeks interns to assist with collections management projects at the organization’s collections storage facility in Kittery, Maine and its museum campus in York Village, Maine. Interns gain hands-on experience in collections care, storage and record management. Upper-level undergraduates and graduate students with an interest in museum work are encouraged to apply. Internships may be completed for credit and are unpaid. Collections management work can be physical. Applicants must be able to bend, reach and lift objects weighing up to 40 lbs. Schedule is flexible, must be agreed upon in advance. To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to collectionsmanager@oldyork.org.

Research Center Intern

The Old York Historical Society periodically seeks interns to assist with library/archives projects at the organization’s Research Center in York Village, Maine. Interns gain hands-on experience in manuscript collections processing, photograph collection processing, or reference and research. Projects may include maritime history, York Maine history, historic postcards, or a collection of 20th century family papers. Preference will be given to upper-level undergraduate and graduate level students with an interest in library science, archives management, American history or museum studies. Experience using PastPerfect or other library/archives software is helpful. The ability to bend, reach and lift boxes weighing up to 40 lbs is required. Internships may be completed for credit and are unpaid. Schedule is flexible, must be agreed upon in advance. To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to research@oldyork.org.