The Harvard Art Museums’ Department of Collections Management is accepting applications for an Intern to assist with a variety of projects in the Registrar’s Office. This internship will provide an introduction to the practical aspect of managing fine art collections in a major museum and introduce the successful candidate to the museums’ cataloguing and temporary loan processes. Work will primarily take place in the Registrar’s Office and the intern will learn how the museums’ have recorded information and tracked the collections in its care. The internship is unpaid and applicants must be receiving academic credit to be considered.


Registrar’s Office Internship



  • Assist the Registrar’s Office with the management, archiving and possible digitization of collections management records.
  • Assist with identification photography and physical inventory of artworks from the museums’ collections and the Harvard University Portrait collection that are on loan to the University.
  • Work closely with the Registrars to archive temporary loan records, re-house original museum documents for safer access, and assist with other ongoing projects as needed.
  • Gain experience tracking museum objects through research into original collection files and the electronic collection database The Museums System (TMS).



  • The unpaid internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students receiving academic credit from a degree granting institution. Successful candidate may begin anytime during the Summer or Fall 2016 semester.
  • Hours are flexible within the M-F work week, but a minimum of 10 hours a week is highly desired.
  • Candidates must be organized, detail oriented, and able to work independently and collaboratively on various projects.
  • Prior experience or education in museum administration is preferred, but not necessary.


Location:  The Collections Management Intern will work with staff at 32 Quincy Street in Cambridge as well as at the museums’ facility near Union Square in Somerville. A free museum shuttle is available for transportation to and from the Somerville facility. Parking is also available on site.


How to Apply:  Please forward a letter of interest and resume to Vanessa Marcoux, Collections Management Coordinator at


About the Harvard Art Museums:

The Harvard Art Museums, ranked among the world’s leading art institutions, is comprised of three museums (Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler) and four research centers (Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, the Harvard Art Museums Archives, and the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis).

The Harvard Art Museums is dedicated to advancing and supporting learning at Harvard University, in the local community, and around the world. The museums are distinguished by the range and depth of their collections, their groundbreaking exhibitions, and the original research of their staff. The museums have played a leading role in the development of art history, conservation, and conservation science, and in the evolution of the art museum as an institution. For more than a century they have been the nation’s premier training ground for museum professionals and are renowned for their seminal role in developing the discipline of art history in this country. Through research, teaching, professional training, and public education, the museums strive to advance the understanding and appreciation of art.  Integral to Harvard University and the wider community, the museums and research centers serve as resources for students, scholars, and the public.

The Fogg Museum collection comprises Western art from the Middle Ages to the present; the Busch-Reisinger Museum is dedicated to the study of art from the German-speaking countries of central and northern Europe, and is the only one of its kind in North America; and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum collection is focused on Asian, ancient, and Islamic and later Indian art. Together, the collections include approximately 250,000 objects in all media.

On November 16, 2014, the Harvard Art Museums reopened to the public at our historic location on 32 Quincy Street in Cambridge, uniting our three museums in a single state-of-the-art facility designed by architect Renzo Piano. For more information about the new Harvard Art Museums, please visit us on our website at