Paid Summer Internship Opportunities in Waterville’s Cultural Institutions

The Center for the Arts and Humanities is proud to announce a new paid internship initiative for Colby students at cultural institutions in Waterville and the surrounding area. These internships offer wonderful opportunities for Colby students to gain professional experience, perform applied research, and embrace their local community in meaningful ways while learning about:

  • Arts Administration
  • Arts and Economic Development
  • Arts Education
  • Arts Festival Management
  • Arts Marketing

These internships may range from 30-35 hours a week and are compensated at an hourly wage of $12.00. Successful applicants will live and eat on the Colby campus (for a modest fee: likely to be $120 per week). The internships range from six to ten weeks.

Applications for Summer 2019 will be live on this DavisConnects webpage on March 1, 2019. Students will fill out a general application (please visit that DavisConnects funding page to prep all essay questions and application materials).

Internship Opportunities:

1888535_596999887050663_902369181_nThe Maine Film Center seeks interns to assist in the organization, promotion, and presentation of the annual Maine International Film Festival in July. Interns will be involved in all aspects of the festival, from marketing and promotion (social media promotion, targeted audience development, press releases, media events, etc.) to technical team assistance (pre-screening of films, assistance with projection). Interns are integral, valued members of the festival team and will be assigned duties that best match their interests, skills, and areas of study. Internships begin in early to mid-June and run through late July (approximately 6-7 weeks).

478909_490622337657465_333749263_oCommon Street Arts (CSA) is downtown Waterville’s non-profit collaborative arts space. CSA seeks interns to assist in arts education programming and exhibitions offered throughout the summer. Interns will support CSA instructors in developing course materials, preparing and administering classes, and promoting the curriculum to the community. For exhibition support, interns will serve as gallery assistants, effectively communicate information about CSA exhibiting artists, programming, and membership. Interns may be called upon to do special research projects concerning community arts organizations and programming. Interns will be responsible for day-to-day management of gallery operations, public relations, customer service, marketing and promotion (social media, etc.), and website management. Internships begin in late May/early June and run through mid-August (approximately 10 weeks).

10390183_269025539947867_2192354648556812761_nWaterville Creates! and its programmatic arm, Common Street Arts, seek a highly motivated individual to serve as Program Intern. The Program Intern will assist with administrative and programmatic initiatives as they relate to CSA exhibitions and educational classes, event promotion, and day-to-day management of the CSA gallery. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about the mission Waterville Creates!, able to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team, engage with diverse audiences, and thrive in a fast-paced environment. This position will interface with all members of the Waterville Creates! team and will report to the Vice President of Program + Operations.

Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 2.54.58 PMOut & Allied Youth Theatre seeks one or more summer interns to direct its 2019 Summer Theatre Camps. Out & Allied Youth Theatre is a troupe of artists who use theater to tell their stories, build community and address issues of social justice. Members include students in grades 5-12, college students, and other college-age adults.This internship is for nine weeks and includes two 3-week camp sessions, a week before the first session for planning, a week between the first and second sessions to debrief the first session and tweak things for the second session, and a week at the end to debrief the summer and pack up everything. During the camps, campers will create an original production from conception to performance. They will collaboratively write the script, develop their characters, design their costumes, and assist in set design and construction. They will also have the opportunity to learn about the technical aspects of theatre, including lighting, sound, costuming, makeup, props, and LCD projection. The camp directors will work collaboratively with two high school students who have previously attended Out & Allied’s summer theatre camps and are currently in leadership roles at Out & Allied Youth Theatre. The internship includes, for this year only, attending the Pride Youth Theater Alliance’s annual conference in Boston. This three-day conference gathers together 25 queer youth / social justice theatre troupes from across the US and Canada. All expenses, other than personal expenses, will be covered by Out & Allied Youth Theatre. If you have any questions, please email Mark Fairman, Out & Allied Executive Director, at


L.C.-Bates-MuseumThe L.C. Bates Museum of Natural History and Culture is offering summer 2019 internships that will support ongoing museum programming and increase public access to the museum’s arts or humanities collections through intern research, cataloging and exhibition. The intern would be involved in all aspects of museum programming from advertising to hosting programs, and from supporting youth art experiences to evaluating program surveys. Interns would select objects from the museum’s many engaging collections, and research and catalog them (e.g. Asian ceramics, a print collection, late 19th and early 20th century photographs, Pre-Columbian materials, historic tool collections, etc.). They may develop a related virtual or museum exhibition. Interns would have the opportunity to assist a conservator working in the museum, and to help host two day long Collections Care and Storage workshops. The museum’s mission is to inspire wonder, especially for younger rural children. These enjoyable internships will directly support this mission and our community visitors.

The Waterville Public Library seeks energetic, intrepid, fun-loving interns to participate in various summer Library programs for adults, teens, and children. Summer interns will have the opportunity to assist in the development, promotion, and evaluation of Library events and programs. In addition, the intern(s) will participate in community outreach activities and events. (Outreach activities may include off-site storytimes, school/childcare visits, community activities, and operating the Library’s BookBike, a Library mobile outreach initiative.) This internship opportunity is best suited for individuals who have strong customer service skills, a commitment to inclusivity, the ability to work with people of all ages, and presentation skills. (The ability to dance while wearing a giant mouse costume is also most welcome, but certainly not required.) Internships begin in late May/early June and run through mid-August (approximately 10 weeks).

The Waterville Historical Society seeks a enthusiastic, creative intern to assist with essential duties that will describe and promote selected items in the Society’s rich collections. Founded in 1903, the purpose and goal of the Waterville Historical Society is to collect and preserve Waterville’s historically significant materials, including the wonderful apothecary housed in the Redington Museum. The intern will work with Society staff and volunteers to catalog and rehouse artifacts, books, photographs and documents using museum/archival best practices. The intern will also complete research in the collections in order to assist with exhibition and program needs. Society staff will provide all necessary training and will consider the intern’s personal interests when selecting materials.

National History Day in Maine and the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan are seeking a summer intern to assist in implementing teacher workshops and creating web-based content (i.e. instruction videos, lesson plans, brochures, etc.) that will assist teachers in the classroom and promote NHD in Maine. NHD encourages the learning of history by teenagers in grades 6-12. Each year students present their independent historical research in the form of papers, exhibits, performances, web sites, and documentaries judged by history professionals at regional, state, and national competitions. NHD in Maine is looking for a creative intern eager to bring fresh ideas and perspective to the program and willing to lend their creative output immediately. This internship is an excellent opportunity for pre-service teachers, history majors, or museum studies students to gain firsthand experience in the field. It will also provide a chance to network with Maine teachers and social studies professionals. Interns can expect to learn a wide spectrum of career-ready skills like collaboration, research, writing, organizing events, entrepreneurial thinking, and handling impending or complicated challenges. The intern will work with State Coordinator John Taylor at the MCS Library. Experience with video editing and software is preferred but not required. Internships begin in late May/early June and run through mid-August (approximately 10 weeks)