Museum of African American History: Marketing Internship



About the Museum of African American History:

The Museum of African American History in Boston and Nantucket is the largest institution of its kind in New England and is dedicated to sharing the rich legacy of African American accomplishments. For nearly four decades, the Museum’s education programs, exhibits and events have covered a wide range of issues: economic, literary, educational, political, social, and cultural enterprises and entrepreneurs from the colonial period through the nineteenth century.

The Museum is the proud steward of four historic sites and two Black Heritage Trails ® in Boston and Nantucket. The Museum’s mission is to preserve, conserve, and accurately interpret the contributions of people of African descent in New England from the colonial period through the nineteenth century and those who found common cause with them in pursuit of freedom and justice.


About the Marketing and Public Programs Department:

The Marketing and Public Programs Department at the Museum of African American History, headed by Director Lynn DuVal Luse, is the core of the Museum’s external relations, sharing information about the Museum’s events, exhibits, and educational opportunities with the public through outreach, media, and community partnerships. The Department is also responsible for scheduling, planning, and implementing the Museum’s busy calendar of public programming including lectures, concerts, book signings, exhibit openings, and more.


Internship Description:

At the Museum of African American History, we strive to create meaningful, educational, and valuable internship experiences for college and graduate students in the fields of history, public history, museum education, non-profit management, communications, marketing, and more.


The Summer 2013 Marketing Department Internship will be comprised of the following projects and responsibilities:


  • Audience engagement through in-person, phone, and online outreach


  • Marketing research to support current and upcoming outreach initiatives


  • Press and media follow-up leading up to and following public programs


  • Research and content development for the Museum’s social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube


  • Interacting with visitors and the public at the Museum’s historic sites and in the Museum’s Welcome Center


  • Documenting public programs and events through photography and/or videography




  • Upper level undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in a degree program in Marketing, Museum Studies, or a related field.


  • Candidates must be reliable and responsible.


  • Candidates must be organized and demonstrate meticulous attention to detail.


  • Candidates should be comfortable interacting with members of the public or institutional contacts in person, on the phone, and via email.


  • Candidates should be comfortable working independently and as part of a team.


  • Background and interest in African American History preferred.


  • Interest and experience in photography, videography, or graphic design preferred.


  • Interest and experience working with social media preferred.


Duration of Internship and Hours Required:


  • The internship will take place between June and August, for a total of approximately 12 weeks. Exact start and end dates can be scheduled with the Department supervisor.


  • Interns are required to work at least 15 hours a week; however, would be welcome to work up to 25 hours a week.


  • If completing the internship for course credit, the Museum staff will work with you to identify a schedule that will meet your college or university’s hourly requirements.


  • Occasional evening availability required for public programs and events.


How to Apply:

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter detailing your interest and availability to Education Associate Samantha Gibson at and Director of Education L’Merchie Frazier at Please make sure to specify the internship title and semester in the email subject line (i.e. “Marketing Dept Internship – Summer 2013”).


NOTE: Please send one email to both parties, rather than two separate emails.

Applications are due by 5pm on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.


The Museum of African American History Sites and Hours

Administrative Offices: 14 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Boston Campus: 46 Joy Street, Beacon Hill, Open Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Nantucket Campus: 29 York Street, Nantucket, Open Mon-Fri 11am – 3pm, Sat 11am – 1pm, Sun 1pm-3pm (June-Oct).


Posted on May 13, 2013, in Public Relations/Event Planning, Social Media & Internet Marketing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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