Museum internships, when available, are posted here on our website. They are open to undergraduate and graduate students, and typically start three times per year, with the fall or spring semester or in the summer. Internships are paid. If course credit is offered by a student intern’s academic institution, we will discuss terms with the intern’s academic advisor. A résumé and cover letter are required for all internship applications.
The following Collections internships and volunteer positions are open to undergraduate and graduate students (from all accredited institutions), MIT alumni, retired staff, and outside professionals as noted in the descriptions below. Opportunities will vary depending on the museum’s needs. If you have a specific project that is not identified below but you believe may be of interest to the museum, please include a detailed description of your proposed project along with your application.
Internships typically start three times per year, with the fall or spring semester or in the summer and are typically paid. If your home institution or granting organization funds your internship, please let us know. Also, if course credit is offered by your academic institution, we are happy to discuss terms with your academic advisor. Résumé and cover letter required for all applications. Collections internships are available during weekday museum hours only (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.).
Project Vannevar – A project to digitize images in the MIT General Collection
The MIT Museum is seeking an intern to work with staff on a large-scale effort to digitize approximately 100,000 photographs from the museum’s subject and biographical files. The intern would be involved in all aspects of the project but focused especially on the transfer of caption information into the permanent image database record, adding subject information and developing accurate geographical place references. The intern will learn the basics of cataloging objects in the local database system as well as the standards and procedures for safe handling of images and documents, and techniques for rehousing archival materials. Meticulous attention to detail is required. To apply, fill out the online application listing “MIT General Collections” in the Opportunity field.
Architecture and Design Internships
The MIT Museum is seeking interns for semester-long internships to work with materials in the Architecture and Design Collections. Projects may include inventory, arrangement, and description of architectural drawings and papers, and production of finding aids as appropriate. The intern will learn standards and procedures for safe object handling and may learn the basics of cataloging objects in the local database system and assisting with research requests. Additional responsibilities may include projects for current or future exhibitions in the museum. Interns should have a background in art history, architectural history, architectural design, or related fields. To apply, please fill out the online application listing “Architecture and Design” in the Opportunity field.
MIT Museum Collections Reference Assistant Volunteers
The MIT Museum is seeking experienced volunteers to assist its collections reference team. The reference volunteer(s) will work closely with museum staff members to provide researchers from around the world access our collections. Reference volunteers could have additional assignments from rehousing prints and documents, scanning, and work with small collections as suit the needs of the museum and the skills and interests of the individual volunteer. At present (Spring 2019), for example, we have a need for volunteers who can decipher “less than perfectly legible” handwriting.
This position is ideal for retired librarians, archivists, teachers and other professionals (or experienced volunteers) who like working with people; are curious about science, technology, architecture, art, and/or MIT history; and like working “behind-the- scenes.” We are looking for volunteers available to work a minimum of four hours a week, sometime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. (We welcome current MLS or Museum Studies students as volunteers, but students may wish to apply for an internship instead.)
To apply, please fill out our online application.