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.

Tour Guide:

The museum is seeking a small group of Harvard undergraduate or graduate students to facilitate lively learning experiences for groups of adults. The museum will train you to deliver engaging 50-minute tours and to represent the excitement and opportunity of our world famous archaeological and ethnological collections and research. You will represent the museum to the visiting public and come to know more about our operations, personalities, and stories. Tours are presented Friday afternoons at 12:30, and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Guides need to be generally available, although not always available at these times. To clarify: if only one of these times is usually free on your schedule then this is not the job for you. Expect about an hour every two weeks for tours and about 6-8 hours of training. You do not need to be an archaeology or anthropology concentrator. You do need to be poised, outgoing, and reliable, with strong time management skills and an interest in learning more about the museum and its collections. Prior teaching or dramatic experience is helpful but not necessary. $10-14 an hour, training is paid. Training takes place in early February on Friday afternoons.  Time commitments are subject to change. 

Email a resume, letter explaining your major, year of expected graduation, interest in the job and any applicable talents to Polly Hubbard, Peabody Museum Education Manager  mhubbard@fas.harvard.edu by January 18, 2016.