Internship Opportunities

The following internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students or MIT alumni. Internships typically start three times per year, with the fall or spring semester or in the summer. Internships are unpaid. If course credit is offered by a student intern’s academic institution, we’re happy to discuss terms with the intern’s 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.).

Public Programs Internship
General Collections Internship
Architecture and Design Internships
MIT Museum Collections Reference Assistant Volunteers

Public Programs Internship

The MIT Museum is seeking several outgoing, knowledgeable and friendly individuals to make the science and technology in our galleries come alive this summer. Learn about museum education, engage with children and adults about engineering, and explore current topics in science and technology. The interns will work in the Education and Public Programs Team and assist with leading and developing science and engineering demonstrations and group activities, organizing evening programs, interpreting exhibits and leading gallery tours, assisting with educational workshops, and researching background materials for Museum exhibits and programs. Each intern will develop and implement an independent project that augments current public programming in the MIT Museum.

The successful applicants will be current undergraduate or graduate students, studying education, museum studies, science and/or engineering. Must be flexible, detail-oriented and a team player. Some experience working with K-12 audiences preferred. The competitive Public Programs internships require a commitment of 30-40 hours/week for 9 weeks from June 10 - August 9, 2019. Hourly compensation is available or candidates may arrange for academic credit through their schools. To apply, please fill out the online application listing "Summer Programs Intern" in the Opportunity field. All applicants must submit a resume and cover letter which should include information about how the internship relates to candidate’s long-term goals and academic studies.

MIT General Collections Internship

The MIT Museum is seeking interns to work with materials related to the institutional history of MIT for semester-long internships. The intern will inventory, arrange, and describe small collections of mixed papers and objects from MIT faculty and alumni. The intern will assist in the production of finding aids as appropriate, using the museum’s standard format. The intern will learn standards and procedures for safe object handling and will assist with collection inventory and packing as needed. As time allows and based upon the interests of the intern, the intern may learn the basics of cataloging objects in the local database system, marking objects for tracking, and research and scanning for reference requests. 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 (Fall 2016), 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 4 hours a week, sometime between 10 am and 4 pm, 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



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