Intern with Research & Reference Services at The Mary Baker Eddy Library. As part of our team of professional researchers and archivists, you’ll support our efforts to provide access to original historical materials and answer research questions for people around the world. This internship is designed for an individual interested in history, library science, or museum work. Our subject matter includes Mary Baker Eddy’s life, ideas, and achievements, as well as the history of the Christian Science movement from its 19th-century beginnings to the present day. Duties will involve explaining to Library patrons how to use our databases and how to conduct research.
Learning about the life of Mary Baker Eddy, the history of the Christian Science movement, and 19th- and 20th-century American history
Learning how to conduct original historical research in documents and databases
Learning professional archival practices, such as the proper handling of historic papers and publications
Gaining experience in customer service by assisting visitors to the Research Room
Sharpening communications skills by responding to inquiries on phone and email
Assisting with the more complex research requirements of the Library’s fellows and internal inquirers
Interns may also have the opportunity to collaborate with archivists on our Special Collections team, assisting with special projects on tasks such as processing archival materials; reorganizing records; performing data entry; reviewing and updating finding aids; and updating transcriptions. They’ll learn about using historical materials, including how to handle archival materials; how archival materials are organized; how databases are used in archival and library collections; and how these activities support the Library’s efforts to make information more accessible to researchers.
Knowledge of and interest in American history
Good attention to detail and strong organizational skills
Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills
A team player who is also happy to accomplish tasks independently
Enthusiastic desire to interact with the public