Interns and Volunteers

Become a part of our team

Get close to the past by volunteering or interning at Historic New England. Whether you are a student or recent graduate looking for hands-on experience in the archives, museum, and historic preservation fields, or a history buff with skills and time to contribute, Historic New England offers a wide range of opportunities to help save and share our region’s past.


Browse the list of Historic New England sites to find a location near you. Then email us at [email protected] and tell us about yourself and your interest in volunteering. Someone from our staff will be in touch with available opportunities.


Volunteer from home! Help transcribe an important collection from the convenience of your own computer.




Internships with the Historic New England are research-based and work to support the interpretation at our historic houses. They are designed to replicate a portion of the programming and interpretive work that commonly happens when managing a historic site—the preparation for and development of historic programs for the public. Interns will gain an understanding of what kind of research is needed for interpretation, how this research is conducted, and the various ways this knowledge is transitioned into an educational experience for the public.  

We accept applications year-round and require a minimum of eight hours per week. We have a limited number of positions and so we look for applicants who are a match for the research projects available and who will benefit most from this opportunity.  

Occasionally, internships positions are available in the areas of collections, archives, and education. When these are available, they will be listed right below. 

*Due to COVID-19, we are only accepting applications for the Spring semester of 2021 and after.*


Most internships are based at our Study Center at the Eustis Estate in Milton, Mass., with potential travel to our archives, collections facility, and various sites. 

Archives internships are located at Otis House in Boston.  

Collections internships are located at our regional office in Haverhill, Mass.  

For students located outside the Greater Boston area, internships may be based on the research needs of and located at the Historic New England property nearest you. Find the location nearest you.


We are currently only accepting applications from current or newly finished graduate students in the fields of public history, museum studies, American studies, American history, art history, art conservation, archival studies, library science, agricultural science, and related fields. 

If you do not meet these qualifications but are still interested in opportunities with Historic New England, please see our volunteer opportunities list above or visit our Employment page.


Internships are unpaid. However, we try to offer compensation in other forms. We will work with you to find a project that most supports your career and educational goals and can support you in building your resume. 

Career mentorship is also provided in the forms of resume and cover-letter writing help and advice on navigating the job market. 

To apply for an internship, please fill out our online application.

Please send any questions to [email protected]


Historic New England will soon be seeking applications for a full-time Scholar-In-Residence position. Check back here for more information. 


Historic New England will soon be taking applications for two part-time fellowship positions. Check back here for more information.

Study Center Philosophy 

The Study Center at the Eustis Estate is dedicated to deepening and furthering our knowledge and understanding of New England’s stories. It is our goal to become the premier place where new areas of research, stories, and interpretation are uncovered, shared with, and made relevant for today’s audiences.  

It is also the vessel in which we invest in the public historians of tomorrow, providing students and scholars with hands-on experiential and research opportunities that support them in their education and career endeavors.   

Watch volunteers at work at Phillips House

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