Studio Institute

Collections and Research Intern

Rhode Island Historical Society -- Collections and Research Intern

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

The Intern will participate in the inventory of museum collections including early medical tools, wood & metal working tools, household objects, and personal grooming objects. Based on the inventory, the Intern will, with staff guidance, choose between 5 and 10 objects to do research on at the Robinson Research Center. This research will be the foundation for several blog posts by the intern which will be published on the RIHS collections blog. The Intern will also update the catalog records for those objects and create a small online exhibit of them.

Applicants should have a strong interest in archival research and museum collections. They should also have an interest in Rhode Island history. Organization and reliability will be essential for the intern to conduct the inventory and research required for this project. The Intern will need to be comfortable working independently and with collections staff.

Projects Include:
- Inventory the John Brown House's collection of objects pertaining to the history of Rhode Island
- Work with the Registar and Collections departments to further the understanding of RIHS' collection
- Design an small online exhibition of selected and researched objects

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 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.
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 Dana Signe Munroe at