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Archives Intern

Harvard Art Museums -- Archives Intern

Please see instructions on how to apply at the bottom of this page.

The Harvard Art Museums Archives is the official repository for institutional records and historical documents in all formats relating to the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. Its mission is to manage and preserve these materials, and make them accessible to staff, students, faculty, and the public in accordance with the policies of the President and Fellows of Harvard College. Its collections include significant papers of individuals and groups associated with the museums' history, as well as correspondence with collectors, gallery owners, museum professionals, and notables throughout the twentieth century. Its holdings also document the formation of the museums' collections and its mission as a teaching institution.

The intern’s main project will be to assemble a library of the Harvard Art Museums’ historical institutional publications for staff and patron use. These publications date from the opening of the Fogg Museum in 1895 to the present, and detail acquisitions, exhibitions, and programming at all three museums.

As time allows, the intern will also train and participate in ongoing collections access projects, including:

  • Basic arrangement and rehousing of archival collections

  • Creation of metadata records and digitization of archival items

This internship will provide the student with exposure to archival theory, policies, and procedures within a busy museum archives with a heavily used research collection. The institutional publications directory, arrangement and rehousing work, metadata records, and digitized materials will all be integrated into current departmental collections systems as much as possible. 

Projects include:
- Surveying the holdings of archival collections to identify relevant publication titles
- Establishing the length of their associated publishing runs
- Compiling findings into a master directory that comprises both onsite and offsite holdings
- Evaluate current department systems for publication information and integrate the directory, or research and propose a new platform for consideration

Please note that Harvard requires pre-employment screening for all incoming employees.

This position pays $15/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $500 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program. Visit the Program Details page for more information.  

1) Will be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student as of the Fall 2019 semester. You must be a rising Junior or Senior.
2) Attend college in Boston, or live within the boundary established by Route 128 (also known as the 95 loop). 

3) Have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $5000. This number is on your FAFSA form, to see what it looks like -- click here. 


1) To apply to a position, please click here and fill out the eligibility application form.
2) Once your eligibility application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for the program. Note: once you're verified as eligible for Arts Intern, you can apply to as many positions as you'd like. You do not have to submit the eligibility application more than once. 
3) You will forward this confirmation email, along with your CV, cover letter, and transcript to the email below these instructions with the subject "Arts Intern 2019 Approved Application".

Once you've received confirmation of eligibility, email your application to Megan Schwenke at