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Plimoth Plantation, Farm Program
Reviewed: 7/25/2013 at 2:11:00 pm
|Location: Plymouth, MA||Compensation: Unpaid||Hours Weekly: 40|
This internship was very straight forward and simple. Daily responsibilities include feeding and management of goats, two cattle, a few chickens, and milking four of the goats. This takes about two hours per day. The rest of the time, you will be sitting in the public barn answering visitor's questions with the occasional project like mucking out stalls.
The Negatives- Most of the time I was mind-numbingly bored. On slow days, a few families might come into the barn. I did not get along with my coworkers, who were not interested at all in the amazing historical education Plimoth Plantation has to offer. The farm department in general was only interested in the animals and I read through several novels just sitting in the barn with them. Since none of the work was very complex, I was constantly bossed around and told I was doing absolutely every minute detail wrong and almost lost my temper several times. If you do not already know how to, you will learn to clip nails, administer certain medications and possibly learn how to artificially inseminate. Also, the head farmer has a barn located on the property where he houses all of his personal animals. Although it is not in the intern description, you will be asked to help take care of these animals. I felt this was unfair, and considered asking for compensation, but the farmer kept spontaneously giving me vegetables so I kept my mouth shut. I was housed on the Plantation with four other girls (housing is only available for girls). They had administration internships, and also did not seem interested in the history at all. Because they knew all of the same people in the administration, I was constantly left out of their conversations about their coworkers which occupied a large part of the time.
The Positive- Plimoth Plantation is a fantastic resource if you are interested in colonial history. The actors are incredibly knowledgeable, and I suggest making friends with them as quickly as possible. They have weekly pub nights and sometimes parties which are very fun. Go down to the Pilgrim Village and Wampanoag Homesite as much as possible. Become friends with the artisans who will gladly show you a thing or two. There are also bookcases above the Carriage House, and I suggest reading as much historical literature as you can while you are there. Specifically farm related, read Arapawa- Once Upon an Island and this short book on farming in Plymouth Colony. Also, the plantation has one of the premier rare breeding programs in the country, including San Clemente Island goats, Arapawa Island goats, Red Dorking fowl, Kerry and Milking Devon cattle and Wiltshire Horn sheep. Read as much as you can about these breeds online; the opportunity to be around all of these animals is not one you will get anywhere else. The house is located a five minute walk from the beach, and three miles from town. The house is fully stocked with just about everything, no need to bring dishes, appliances or furniture. There are even spices and some household staples. I only had a bike, and the ride into town was kind of a pain, especially because the majority of Plymouth drivers are horrible to bikers; I was yelled insults at several times. The downtown area is geared towards tourists, but the Kiskadee Cafe and Driftwood Restaurant are good places to hit up. There is nowhere downtown to buy any complex groceries, and you will have to get somebody to drive you (if you only have a bike) to the Stop and Shop unless you are insane. There are also a few museums downtown which you can use your employee card (if you ask for somebody to make you one) to get into for free. If you did not get housing, you may be eligible for the $1500 stipend, but I don't think the internship is worth doing if you're not living on the property. Don't forget to ask for a page long reference letter at the end, you've been working for free for them the whole summer and learning minimally so you deserve it! Was the internship worth it? The internship itself was only worth it because I could live at the Plantation and the beach and take advantage of those two things.
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Tips for getting accepted to internship: Previous agricultural experience
Employee Hotness: 1 / 5
Potential for a date : 1 / 5