Archival Research Internship

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.

Opportunities include:

  • 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 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

How to apply

Fill out the online application and attach your resume and cover letter. Or, email them to us at The application deadline has been extended to August 18, 2022.

Program Dates: September 12 - November 4

Compensation: Interns will receive a living stipend of $300/week, as well as a housing stipend to be determined based on their work location. They will also receive a $500 grant upon completion of the internship. These payments are taxable benefits.

Questions: If you have questions about this program, please contact The Mother Church at