Student Opportunities

Research Projects:  

Millions of objects equal thousands of topics for research papers in a variety of disciplines. Collections can be used for short-term projects, such as course papers, or for longer-term in-depth studies, such as senior theses. Museum staff are available to help students devise and implement their research projects.

Independent Study:

Anthropology 92xr is a course designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain familiarity with Museum collections, procedures, and practices. You may also consult the policy of your specific school on course credit for independent study or research. Collections can also be used for senior theses and graduate dissertations. Museum staff are available to help students devise and implement their research projects.

Spring 2018:

Internship for the Native American Portable Poetry Project 

The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) seeks an undergraduate or graduate
student with interest in museums or poetry and who is currently enrolled in any college or university for a paid internship during summer 2018.

Interested students should have experience in Native American studies or knowledge of Native American cultures and traditions. This internship will expand your experience working with primary sources such as artifacts and poetry; allow you to practice research skills in the arts and humanities; and introduce you to some possible museum careers. This internship would benefit from students in a range of concentrations, including but not limited to anthropology, history, social studies, English, Native American studies, and visual arts.

The project is based at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology (PMAE) in Cambridge, Mass. The intern will research and collect a short list of poems by Native American authors to be paired with objects currently on display in the Hall of the North American Indian. A selection committee will reduce the short list to approximately 6 poems to be read by Native American community members and recorded for use in the museum. The portable poetry will encourage visitors to consider objects more carefully and will be available on music players or smartphones during October/November 2018. HMSC and the museum are committed to achieving diversity in the museum field and seek to attract a diverse group of applicants to enrich our work.

Please contact Polly Hubbard ( for a complete description and application details before April 13, 2018. 
Length of internship: 4-5 weeks, Full-time. Dates: Approximately May 15 - June 13, 2018

Please Note: The Harvard Museums of Science and Culture is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.