In 2023, the MV Museum will offer fellowships in the curatorial, education/public programs, and marketing/events departments.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has had a summer internship program in place since 1993. In 2013, the internship program was dedicated to Sheldon Hackney, former president of the University of Pennsylvania and Tulane University, Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Clinton, and former MVM Board Chairman. Sheldon staunchly advocated for educational opportunities, community development, and the importance of history his entire life.


To be considered for a summer fellowship, you must submit a complete application to the MVM by February 24, 2023

A completed application package includes:

  • Application Form
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • A One Page Writing Sample (for curatorial fellow applicants only). This can be any writing done for a college class, job, internship, etc. You do not need to create a new writing sample for the purpose of this application.

If you have any questions, please email Savannah Berryman-Moore at fellows@mvmuseum.org


Along with the tasks assigned by their supervisor, fellows will be asked to participate in several organizational events and perform a number of organizational duties.

  • Attend all fellow meetings and training sessions.
  • Assist Museum staff in the Evening of Discovery summer gala on July 1, 2023.

Fellowships will commence on May 30, 2023. All fellows are asked to work as late into August as possible.

Fellows enjoy a variety of museum experiences, including working with the collection, performing research, preparing exhibits, organizing programs, assisting with special events, running kids’ activities, interacting with visitors, and working with a professional staff. Schedules are to be arranged with individual fellows and departments, and each department has its own requirements. These fellowships offer a stipend for the summer, which is based on the number of hours the fellow is expected to work. With the experience gained at MVM, many of the previous fellows have gone on to careers in the fields of library science, historic preservation, public history, non-profit management, and museum studies. Energetic, self-motivated, flexible individuals who are independent, creative, and willing to be team players will best fit these positions.

Curatorial Fellow

This fellow will work closely with the curatorial team. The fellowship will provide hands-on experience with collection management including:  

Candidates must be both collaborative and willing to work independently. Graduate students with some museum experience are preferred.

The curatorial fellowship is part-time requiring at least 20 hours per week. This fellowship will be awarded a $2,500 stipend.

Education Fellow

Education fellows will be focused on developing and delivering the redesigned Discovery Days summer program for children ages 7-12: 

Required Skills/Qualifications:

Flexible hours with the ability to work occasional evenings and weekends required. There are two education fellow positions available, one part-time (20 hours per week) and one full-time (40 hours per week). The part-time fellow will be awarded a $2,500 stipend, the full-time fellow will be awarded a $5,000 stipend.

Marketing and Events Fellow

This fellow will assist in the development of marketing materials and support promotion for the Museum’s summer events, exhibits, and programs. The candidate will participate in the planning, execution, and follow-up of the various events held throughout the summer including our annual gala, fundraising events, private rentals, exhibit openings, lectures, author talks, etc. Organization and the ability to juggle multiple projects at once is a must. The candidate must possess excellent verbal communication skills and be comfortable in social situations. Good writing skills are necessary and familiarity with Adobe InDesign/Photoshop, Canva, or other graphic design platforms is a plus. 

Flexible hours with the ability to work some evenings and weekends required. The marketing and events fellowship is a full-time fellowship requiring 40 hours per week. They will be awarded a $5,000 stipend.


Preference may be given to applicants who have secured housing. Please note, summer rentals are extremely limited on Martha’s Vineyard. We recommend making a plan for housing before applying due to the scarcity of the summer rental market.


A strong interest in museums, non-profits, education, or archives is necessary. A high degree of responsibility and the ability to work professionally with the public are essential. Excellent organizational skills are necessary. Each of the fellowships requires the fellow to have the capacity to work independently.

If you have any questions, please email Savannah Berryman-Moore at fellows@mvmuseum.org