Boston Athenaeum

10 1/2 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108

Date Posted:
August 06, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Education Intern


The Boston Athenæum seeks a motivated Education Intern who will support the work and the growth of the Education Department. The intern will develop important informational materials for the operation and will report to the Director of Education

The ideal candidate will be hard-working, organized, ambitious, and must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate-level program in education, museum studies, library science, public history, or other related field.

Hours: Flexible schedule; About 10 hours per week.

Compensation & Benefits: $13 per hour; paid sick time; free membership concurrent with employment and one year following the date of departure.


  • Develop interpretive materials for visitors to the Athenæum’s first floor.
  • Support docent training.
  • Develop and lead interpretive programming for Athenæum members and visitors.
  • Support development and implementation of annual community events, i.e. Free Fun Friday and Open House.
  • Work shifts at the member and patron services desk to welcome Athenæum members and visitors.
  • Contribute to a culture of collaboration between colleagues in education, events, curatorial, reader services, and membership and patron services.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

  • Submit to and pass background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment verifications and Department of Motor Vehicles (if applicable).
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate-level program in education, museum studies, library science, public history, or other related field.
  • Some undergraduate or graduate coursework or fieldwork in education, museum studies, library science, public history, or other related field.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven attention to detail and conscientiousness.
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work.
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously without losing sight of details.
  • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively in a highly professional environment.
  • Commitment to fostering a workplace culture of teamwork, diversity, and inclusion.
How To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and a resume, and the names and contact information of two references to

The Boston Athenæum is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply and are committed to hiring individuals who value a diverse and inclusive work environment.The Boston Athenæum is also committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Manager, Hannah Ovaska, at 617-720-7622 or

Apply by:
August 30, 2019
About this Organization:

Founded in 1807 as “a fountain, at which all, who choose, may gratify their thirst for knowledge,” the Boston Athenæum has evolved into a beloved subscription library, specializing in history, biography, literature, and art. 5,000 Households maintain active memberships in the Athenæum, and enjoy a range of services from individualized reference assistance to superb children’s programming, from discussion groups to curated selections of digital and print resources. Tourists and scholars from around the world consult the quarter-million rare items in the collection, which includes George Washington’s personal library; an important collection of early American portraits; rich holdings related to the Civil War and documenting New England’s built environment; and the Athenæum’s own historical archives, attesting to the institution’s role in American arts and letters. Each year, the Athenæum offers hundreds of cultural programs— including lectures, concerts, performances, exhibitions, and tastings—within its exquisite National Historic Landmark structure, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.