Three young women interested in museums served as interns this summer at Montpelier: The General Henry Knox Museum. The interns came from different parts of the country and have different educational backgrounds.

Meagan Doyle returned for her third summer at Montpelier. She is a Bates College graduate where she majored in history. She will continue her studies at Simmons College in Boston this fall in the field of library science and archive management. Doyle grew up in Jackman, the daughter of the only doctor in the small northern Maine community. While she was in the Midcoast she also worked at the Atlantic Baking Company.

When asked about her experience at Montpelier, she said, “I never imagined I would be so lucky as to spend three summers interning somewhere as enriching as Montpelier. I gained a large and varied knowledge base during my time there, and encountered some truly wonderful people, including the volunteers, visitors, staff, and, of course, my fellow interns.”

Doyle worked as the education intern, assisting with the Summer Teacher Institute, cataloging the growing collection of the Elias Adams Research Library and managing ticket sales for “The Conversation with Doris Buffett” event.

Courtney Taylor traveled from Arkansas to participate in Montpelier’s intern program. She is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and majored in history. She will continue her studies at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Okla., in the field of museum studies. Taylor is a self-starter and initiated several projects that she recognized could be of benefit to the museum.

“Learning about the entire process of accessioning museum objects from considerations expressed at a collections committee meeting, to actually placing an item on display, was one of the most important aspects of my internship experience,” Taylor said. ” The General Henry Knox Museum also allowed me to gain insight into the most nuanced facets of managing a museum: volunteer relations, the etiquette associated with acquisitions, and visitor relations. One of the best things about the internship was the staff’s willingness to let me pursue the interests or experiences I felt would be valuable to me. I enjoyed researching the Knox letters and creating the framework for a possible letter exhibition, and I very much enjoyed getting to know the staff and volunteers.”

Taylor’s responsibilities as a museum intern included accessioning a half dozen objects and caring for the collections. She also wrote a new brochure for visitors.

Joanna Caldwell shared her time this summer between Montpelier and a position with Victoria Mansion in Portland. Caldwell comes from Virginia and she recently graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick. She was an English major and hopes to continue in the museum field.

“My internship at the Knox Museum was a new educational experience,” Caldwell said. “I had not previously studied early American history of the Revolutionary War in any great depth, so to have the chance to learn, and then teach visitors about General Knox and his accomplishments was very exciting. My favorite part of the internship was the Revolutionary Encampment. It was wonderful to see history come to life, and to witness visitors’ obvious interest in the realistic portrayal of Revolutionary War life.”

As a museum intern, Caldwell’s primary duty was providing tours for visitors.

The internship program is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Chapter of the Society of the Cincinnati, as well as from the Sunshine Lady Foundation in connection with the Summer Teacher Institute held at the Center for the Study of Early American History. The museum will accept applications for the 2011 internship program at the beginning of the new year.