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New Bedford Whaling Museum

High School Apprenticeship Program

The mission of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society is to educate and interest all the public in the historic interaction worldwide of humans with whales; in history of Old Dartmouth and adjacent communities; and in regional maritime activity. To accomplish this the Society shall collect, preserve and interpret the artifacts and documentary evidence of these endeavors; maintain a whaling, maritime and local history museum, maintain a library; promote and disseminate historical research; and accept historic sites where appropriate.

A 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award winner, the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s High School Apprenticeship Program provides low-income, academically motivated students with access to resources and experiences that deepen community engagement, promote personal and professional development, and cultivate college and career success.

Program Summary: Apprentices learn about whales and whale biology, the history of their city and the stories of the countless people whose culture, language, and accomplishments are exhibited throughout the Museum. Students then connect their learning at the Museum to real-world experiences, visiting cultural sites, planning and hosting events and serving as Museum ambassadors. At the same time, the program helps Apprentices prepare for their futures, visiting college campuses, listening to career speakers, going on career shadows while receiving support through the college application and financial aid process.

High School Apprenticeship Program

A 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award winner, the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s High School Apprenticeship Program provides low-income, academically motivated students with access to resources and experiences that deepen community engagement, promote personal and professional development, and cultivate college and career success.

Students applying to the program must be New Bedford residents, currently enrolled in the 9th grade, in good academic standing and whose families qualify as low-income to be eligible for the program. As part of the application process, Apprentices will submit a signed Income Verification Form, as required by our funders.

Students who are accepted into the Apprenticeship Program attend a 7-week summer program and a school-year program that runs from October – June each year. The program is a three-year commitment and apprentices are paid an escalating stipend throughout their time in the program.

Amanda McMullen, President and CEO of the Museum
Tiffany Henriksen, Program Manager
18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740
508-717-6887
https://www.whalingmuseum.org/learn/opportunities/apprenticeship thenriksen@whalingmuseum.org
Program Hours of Operation: 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday