Museum of Cycladic Art Summer Internship

Program’s identity and key information

  • Organizers:  Museum of Cycladic Art, CHS Greece
  • Dates: June 3–July 3, 2020 (five weeks)
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Open to: Harvard College or Harvard Graduate students (one position per year)
  • Extra-curricular: Visits to CHS Greece
  • Museum Supervisor:  Ioannis Fappas (Museum of Cycladic Art)
  • Program Coordination: Evan Katsarelis (CHS Greece, ekatsarelis@chs.harvard.edu)
  • Held: Annually
  • Application deadlines: Opens mid-January, closes early March, 2020

Interested in travelling to Greece as an intern at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens? Find information on the application procedure via the CARAT Database for Grants and Fellowships.

About the internship

Overview

This program is meant to familiarize participating students 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 Museum of Cycladic Art 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.

Intern Responsibilities

  • Active participation in the preparation of the exhibition project undertaken at the time by the interns’ assigned museum curator
  • Concept and content creation for interviews/presentations on subjects connected to the Museum’s interests, which will be used as podcasts broadcasted through the Museum’s website
  • Registration and archiving of antiquities
  • Digitization and organization of the Museum’s Library and Photographic Archive
  • Daily tours of the Cycladic collection in English for the public, following adequate instruction by the curators
  • Submission of a brief report of activities and an evaluation form at the end of the program

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 collections 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 several programs for interns.

Eligibility

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 might be helpful for the intern but is not required.

Application procedure

There are two different application forms on CARAT, depending on your enrollment status:

  • the Graduate Application
  • and the Undergraduate Application

Please fill in the one appropriate for you.

In addition, you will need to upload a PDF copy of your most recent transcript and a PDF copy of your résumé. Lastly, you will be asked to provide contact information for two faculty members who can speak to your academic work and evaluate your plans for participating in the internship program. If you cannot supply the contact information for two faculty members, you should provide information for high school teachers, employers, or mentors who know you well. There will be an automatically generated notification send to your references through the CARAT system that will invite them to submit their recommendations for you.

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