Studio Institute

Collections Research Intern

Lippitt House Museum -- Collections Research Intern

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

Using original archival sources, the Arts Intern will compile a comprehensive catalogue and research report describing the contents of the Lippitt family’s fine art collection (1865-1893). Highlights of this work will be shared publicly via the museum’s social media channels and a blog post. At the end of the internship period, the Intern will make a presentation about the Lippitt art collection to museum docents as part of their ongoing professional development training opportunities.

The project will provide a hands-on opportunity for the student to conduct original research using primary sources and original works of art. The intern will have an opportunity to exercise technology skills by organizing their research by building a custom Excel spreadsheet. The research efforts will have a real-life impact on future museum installations, acquisitions, and contribute to the ongoing documentation of Lippitt House Museum’s fine art collection. The research and writings skills utilized in the project will help prepare the student for future curatorial work in other museum settings. This is valuable practical experience employers are looking for when the student enters the job market.

Completion of this internship project will greatly benefit Lippitt House Museum. Researching collections is an integral part of collections care, one of the primary components of the museum’s mission. The products from this research project will be incorporated into the museum’s furnishing plan that will guide re-installation of the exhibition rooms and direct future museum acquisition activities. Re-creating historic interiors that reflect the Lippitt family’s occupation of the house from 1865-1893 contribute to the overall sense of place that makes the historic home a special community space. Identifying the works the family acquired to furnish their home will result in greater understanding of how they presented themselves to their peers and other members of the community.

Projects Include:
- Cataloguing the Lippitt Family's art collection
- Research the collection and develop informational blurbs on several pieces in the collection
- Build the knowledge base of the Lippitt House Collection, and design information to be presented to future visitors

This position pays $12/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $580 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 2018 semester. You must be a rising Junior or Senior.
Attend college or live within a 35 mile radius of Providence, in the state of Rhode Island.
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. Note: you must make note of which position you're applying to in the application. 
2) Once your eligibility application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for the program. 
3) You will forward this confirmation email, along with your CV, cover letter, transcript, and recommendations to the email at the bottom of each position description with the subject "Arts Intern 2018 Approved Application"

Once you've received confirmation of eligibility, email your application to Carrie Taylor at