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, the Boston Athenæum is located at 10½ Beacon Street on Beacon Hill. A distinguished membership library and cultural institution with a long history at the center of intellectual life in Boston, the Athenæum hosts events nearly every week of the year and supports a dynamic exhibition program. It desires to be a place that is welcoming to all, a place that nurtures a sense of wonder and delight in sharing the joy of physical books, maps, prints, and other works of art, and a place that fosters community and civil discourse as members and guests engage in face-to-face interactions.

The Athenæum’s collections are housed within a National Historic Landmark that is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The reading rooms—crowned by the silent, barrel-vaulted fifth floor—have served as a haven and inspiration to countless writers and researchers. The library maintains over 600,000 volumes with strengths in history, biography, and literature, as well as fine and decorative arts. Notable holdings include primary materials on the American Civil War; the largest portion of President George Washington's library from Mount Vernon; a first edition copy of Audubon's The Birds of America; a 1799 set of Goya's Los caprichos; one of the most extensive collections of contemporary artists' books in the United States; and numerous artworks, including portraits of notable Americans such as Hannah Adams, John Marshall, and Alexander Hamilton, and by artists such as Gilbert Stuart, John Singer Sargent, Allan Rohan Crite, and Polly Thayer Starr. Membership is open to all, and visitors are warmly welcomed Tuesdays through Saturdays.