Academic-Year Internships

There are a limited number of internships during the academic year—usually students in professional programs in Library Science, Conservation, and Museum Studies for whom internships are a requirement for the master's degree. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Catherine Cezeaux.


Summer Internships 

The Peabody Museum offers a summer internship program for undergraduate (or recent graduates) and graduate students from any institution every other year. Opportunities vary from year to year, but generally the internships are designed to offer experience in curatorial research, collections management, archives, museum education, public programming, publications and conservation. Internships are supervised by Museum professional staff.

“I participated in the Peabody's summer internship program and assisted with research in the Meso Lab. Working at the Peabody is a unique, engaging opportunity for students and has been one of the best parts of my college experience.”

— Elizabeth Gettinger

Summer 2018 Paid Summer Internship Program

The Peabody Museum is committed to achieving diversity in the museum field, and seeks to attract a diverse group of applicants of the highest caliber to its paid summer internship program. The Peabody Museum is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Summer 2018 interns will work with archaeological materials excavated from Harvard Yard to develop models of hands-on learning to be used in Harvard teaching and learning that highlight the unique object-based approach espoused by the Peabody Museum. Examples of the kinds of objects interns may work with can be found in the online exhibit Digging Veritas.

Internship activities include:

  • researching Harvard Yard collections to learn about their meaning and use, and to develop narratives and questions to pursue in developing a teaching module;
  • piloting and collaborating on producing teaching modules, with an annotated analysis of their process and its potential impact in hands-on learning;
  • rehousing collections in custom storage trays, to improve their accessibility for course teaching;
  • presenting research to the Peabody Museum staff at the end of the internship period.

In addition, interns will participate in weekly trips to local museums, to learn about the different ways in which museums pursue collections-based learning. Interns are expected to engage actively in discussions, and to keep a journal of their object-based research, including their reflections on the project. Journals will be developed into an online exhibit by museum staff, for display on the Peabody Museum website.

This internship benefits its participants by expanding experience working with primary sources, developing research skills with non-written documents, and producing original content for use in university-level classes.

This internship supports students in a range of concentrations, including but not limited to anthropology, history, social studies, folklore, visual arts, and anyone interested in teaching in any capacity as part of their post-college career.

The Peabody Museum invites applications for summer internships for current undergraduate students and recent college graduates of any college or university. Preference will be given to Harvard students. No experience in archaeology or museum studies necessary. Interns must be able to work collaboratively, think critically, and be creative.

Please Note:

  • Applicants must be able to work legally in the United States, without provision of a J-1 or other visa.
  • Applicants must have health insurance. 
  • Interns must attend an orientation, usually the first day of the internship period.
  • Interns are required to give a presentation to staff at the end of the internship.

Applicants should send their resumes and cover letters to:, Application deadline:  February 1, 2018

Number of interns: 4

Time: Full-time, 4 weeks, June 4-29, 2018 (dates non-negotiable)

Stipend: $3,000 (does not include housing)

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