Internships at the Oriental Institute are engaging educational experiences designed for university undergraduate and graduate level students. All internships are unpaid. Interns have an opportunity to gain practical skills as well as work on projects that are meaningful and will provide them with resume-building experience. Working alongside staff members in a tutorial arrangement, interns gain skills and training in museum best practices as well as current museum education theory and hands-on practice.

The Oriental Institute Museum may have opportunities for volunteers and interns for help with museum registration, archives, and occasionally in curatorial support. Usually the demand for such positions is high, and spaces are limited.  For those interested in these areas, please submit to

  • a brief cover letter
  • a resume

Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Public Education and Outreach

How to Apply

Applicants for Public Education and Outreach please submit in the form below:

  • application information
  • two letters of recommendation from current or former college professors, academic advisors or recent/current employers
  • a resume or curriculum vitae


Summer internships as well as full academic year internships are available for students who qualify. The work schedule is determined with the guidance of your assigned department sponsor.

After receiving your completed application, you will be scheduled an interview. After the interview, the staff will make placement recommendations. You will receive a call within two weeks of the date of your interview to let you know if you have been selected for an internship and what your next steps will be.

Please include with your application

A copy of your resume and two letters of recommendation are required. Your application will be considered incomplete without this documentation.

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