Museum of Cycladic Art Summer Internship
Program Dates: May 27-June 28, 2019
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
Arrivals: May 25, 2019
Departures: June 30 or July 1, 2019
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30am-4:30pm
The Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) seeks a Harvard College or Harvard Graduate student to work as an intern at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Greece. This program is meant to familiarize interns with the activities performed in a museum environment, and to provide high-quality professional training. The Harvard intern will work in collaboration with another intern, curators, museum educators, and communication experts, and will be assigned specific tasks to accomplish within a period of 5 weeks.
The 2019 internship program will mainly involve training in the Archaeological Department of the Museum. Interns will be trained in the procedure of registering and archiving the antiquities. They will also engage with the study of the Cycladic Civilization, as well as the two other great civilizations of the 3rd millennium BCE, the Minoan and the Mycenaean, based on the artifacts found in the collections of the Museum. Finally, they will actively participate in the project undertaken by their assigned museum curator.
In addition to their main task, interns will have the change to give daily tours of the Cycladic collection in English for the public, following adequate instruction by the curators, and will spend time in other departments in order to learn about the different functions of the museum. Some responsibilities may include participating in the design and implementation of educational programs, preparing a public presentation about the historical building of the MCA, or composing comprehensive descriptions for individual artifacts presented on the museum’s website.
At the end of the program, the intern will submit a brief report of activities and an evaluation of the program.
Compensation and Accommodation
The MCA summer internship program is fully supported by the Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris Foundation – Museum of Cycladic Art and the Cycladic Art Foundation. The two organizations cover the cost of international travel and provide housing for the interns. In addition, a stipend will be provided to offset the cost of incidentals.
About the Museum
The Museum of Cycladic Art is a small, but very prestigious archaeological museum at the heart of Athens. Apart from the famous collection of Early Cycladic (3rd mill. BC) figurines and marble vessels, it also holds a comprehensive assemblage of Ancient Greek art and one of the largest collection of Cypriot Antiquities outside Cyprus. The museum is particularly active in research and education and organizes major exhibitions of art and archaeology in collaboration with other institutions in Greece and abroad. It also runs a number of programs for interns.
Any Harvard College or Harvard Graduate student with the following academic backgrounds and interests are eligible to apply: Archaeology, Art History, Cultural/Heritage Management, Museum Studies, Hellenic Studies, Classics, Computer Science, Digital Humanities. Some knowledge of Aegean archaeology and/or ancient Greek history is preferred.
Strong information technology skills are recommended, and some experience working with databases will be an advantage. Applicants also must have good writing and communication skills and must be able to work as a member of a team. Basic knowledge of modern Greek would be helpful for the internship but is not required.
Application Process and Procedures
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019.
In order to apply, fill out the online application form found on CARAT. All applicants must upload in the application
- a PDF copy of the applicant’s most recent transcript, and
- a PDF copy of the applicant’s résumé.
Applicants must provide contact information for two faculty members who can speak to their academic work and evaluate their plans for participating in the internship program. If applicants cannot supply the contact information for two faculty members, applicants should provide information for high school teachers, employers, or mentors who know them well.
The CARAT system will contact your references directly.