Academic Partnerships Paid Summer Internship Program

The Peabody Museum runs a paid summer internship program for Harvard undergraduate students every other year. Projects vary from year to year, but are generally designed to support the Peabody Museum’s mission of enhancing university teaching and learning through hands-on engagement with Museum collections, and to provide participants with a unique research experience. Internships are supervised by the Academic Partnerships Department, with support from Museum professional staff.

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 next AP summer internship program will run June 2022. 

 

Summer 2020

The Academic Partnerships Summer Internship Program is open to undergraduate students enrolled at Harvard University, including rising freshmen and recent graduates.

Summer 2020 interns will develop gallery guides for the Peabody Museum’s exhibition, “All the World is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology.” Each guide will pursue a theme, preselected by Peabody Museum staff, that interns will research and present in relation to the gallery space and collections on view. Resultant gallery guides will be made publicly available, but should specifically target use by university-level courses.

Guides will address the following themes:

  1. Anthropological inquiry in the past and present;
  2. Archaeology and materiality;
  3. Women and gendered voice;
  4. In/visible work;
  5. Who owns the past?

Other program activities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Research on Peabody Museum collections not currently on display;
  2. Discussions with Museum staff from various departments;
  3. Pilot testing of gallery guides, for feedback and revision;
  4. Presentation of work to Peabody Museum staff;
  5. Visits to other historic holding institutions in the Boston area.

This internship benefits its participants by expanding experience working with primary sources, developing research skills with non-written documents; developing communication skills via various media; and producing original content for use in university-level classes. It supports students in a range of concentrations, including but not limited to anthropology, human evolutionary biology, history, history of science, social studies, folklore, visual arts, and anyone interested in teaching in any capacity as part of their post-college career.

No experience in anthropology or museum studies necessary. Interns must be able to work collaboratively as well as independently, think critically, and be creative.

 

Applicants should send their résumés and cover letters to: 

peabodyintern@fas.harvard.edu

Application deadline: February 11, 2020

Number of interns: 4

Time: Full-time, 4 weeks, June 1-26, 2020 (dates non-negotiable)

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

Problems or questions, contact peabodyintern@fas.harvard.edu

 

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.