Museum of Science Internships

Archives Internship

Museum of Science, Boston



The Museum of Science Archives Department is responsible for collecting, organizing and preserving the permanent collection of records which documents the Museum's history, activities, staff and the Boston Society of Natural History and to promote and make the collection accessible to staff and researchers.


The Museum of Science Archives provides a unique experience for interns to witness the creation of an archival program from the ground-up: developing policies, building partnerships, and defining the scope and goal of the Archives collection. Interns assist with collection stewardship through inventory and accessioning projects, digitization, and preservation tasks like rehousing and disaster preparedness. Interns will work with other Archives staff to identify challenges and discuss both short-term and long-term solutions for making the Museum of Science collections more accessible. Collection materials include paper, photographs, and bound items, artwork, and media formats. Interns are instructed in preservation and arrangement best practices, as well as Museum standards of professional behavior and service. This internship provides opportunities for students to build upon existing skills and interests, and introduce them to more hands-on work with historic collections


  • Create inventories of materials and track locations 
  • Rehouse fragile materials in appropriate enclosures 
  • Transcribe historic records and extract data from collection materials 
  • Research collections and related figures to enrich reference capabilities 
  • Process archival records


  • Graduate student
  • Course work in archives, library sciences, or museum studies 
  • Database experience 
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy 
  • Excellent reading and writing skills 
  • Excellent handwriting 
  • Ability to work independently


Winter/Spring 2019 (January-May)


7-14 hours/week, flexible within Monday-Friday 8 - 4 time frame


Between $12.00 & $12.25 hourly


Intern benefits include free parking in the Museum garage, close proximity to the Green Line, free admission, discounts in the Museum store and café and much more!

The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

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