Internship and Research Opportunities

Students interested in gaining more experience in museum studies, cultural resource management, archaeological research or working with antiquities are encouraged to pursue internships, research assistantships or volunteer opportunities in these areas. (Indeed most museums will expect students to have spent some time in collections work before applying to any formal position after graduation.) These experiences can be as informal as volunteering for a few hours a week at your local museum to taking on a formal summer or semester-long internship. Opportunities are available both on- and off-campus, and listings change annually.

The list below is a selection of internship opportunities. For a more comprehensive list, see the aggregate list hereNote that many opportunities have deadlines in early February, so get started early!

Year-Round Opportunities

OpenARCHEM Project
Research Assistantships and Internships in Mediterranean Environment, Organic Residue Analysis & Ceramic Typology (Contact Prof. Birney kbirney@wesleyan.edu)

Wesleyan Archaeology and Anthropology Collections (starting in 2020-2021)
Contact Dr. Wendi Field Murray, wmurray01@wesleyan.edu

Summer Opportunities

Connecticut Science Center (Spring and Summer 2020, Hartford CT)
Docent Internship for Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed Exhibit

GIS Internship (Wesleyan at Tel Shimron Excavations, Israel)
3 GIS Interns for Topographic, Architectural Site Mapping and Modeling

Wadsworth Athenaeum  (Hartford, CT)
Internships in Conservation, Archiving, Exhibit Design

American Museum of Natural History (NY)
Internships in Collections Research, Management, Archives, Conservation and Bioarchaeology

Smithsonian Museum (Washington DC)
Numerous Types. See Website

Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
Internships in Curatorial, Museum PR, Information Technology, publications and Education

New England Museum Association Listings (Throughout New England)
Paid, Unpaid and Volunteer Positions

Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internships 
Paid internships for underrepresented groups at the Getty Center or Getty Villa

National Parks Service Internships