Climate change poses a serious threat to the future of our planet. The building industry generates 40% of annual C02 emissions, and within this sector are Museums. Institutions such as the Harvard Art Museums are home to a variety of professionals, systems, and infrastructure that operate together to securely house, conserve, and display original works of art. The Exhibitions Department at H/AM is seeking an intern to specifically analyze the environmental footprint of our changing exhibitions program, so we can make better-informed and more sustainable choices forward.
True to H/AM’s interdisciplinary nature, we are seeking a candidate experienced in empirical analysis, such as a student of the Sciences, Environmental Science, or Engineering. Areas of research during this internship may include: the environmental impact of different building materials used in exhibition production; measuring the carbon footprint from transporting art and maintaining precise gallery climates; and/or strategies to reuse and recycle exhibition components. The internship will culminate with a report of their findings and proposed next steps in the form of a presentation to H/AM Exhibition and Sustainability teams. This internship provides experience in sustainable consulting, getting to know an organization from the inside while providing an outsider’s valuable insights.
This will be a virtual position, supervised by H/AM’s Exhibition Design team, with the option to meet colleagues on site at the Museums. We are committed to supporting diversity in the arts, museums, and creative professions, and are seeking interns with varied backgrounds and interests (including those from historically underrepresented populations) who are passionate about helping to make a positive impact.
· 3rd or 4th year student concentrating in the Sciences, Engineering, or similar; with a particular interest in the built environment and green building design.
· Interested applicants should be comfortable working mostly virtually and independently, yet capable of organizing their time to maximize this brief yet impactful internship.
· Strong empirical research and information synthesis skills.
· Strong communication skills and capable of conducting interviews with H/AM colleagues, as well as other professionals in the industry.
The Office of Career Services will provide a stipend of $750 to students who complete an OCS Arts & Museums January Internship. If public health conditions at Harvard allow, students will be eligible to apply for on-campus winter-break housing. Please note that only students completing a January internship at the specific sites in the program will be eligible.
Please note: The OCS Arts & Museums January Internship is a full-time experience (30+ hours per week). Students should not pursue additional internships during the three-week period. These internships are open to Harvard College students only.