Volunteers and Interns

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 share, Historic New England offers a wide range of opportunities to contribute to the preservation of the region’s history and built environment.


Please email [email protected] and tell us about yourself and your interest in volunteering. Someone from our staff will be in touch with available opportunities.


Historic New England posts internship projects twice annually on November 1 for spring internships and on March 1 for summer internships. We invite applications from graduate and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in American studies, American history, museum studies, arts administration, preservation studies, art and architectural history, library and information science, and related fields. Interns have the opportunity to work with Historic New England’s extraordinary and rich collection of historic structures and landscapes, archival collections of photographs, architectural drawings, and ephemera, and material culture collections. Internships require a minimum commitment of eight hours per week, typically during regular business hours, and are usually located at Otis House in Boston; the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Mass.; or our collections facility in Haverhill, Mass. Please direct inquiries to [email protected].

Watch volunteers at work at Phillips House

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