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Summer Internships

The Dumbarton Oaks internship program stands out for offering Harvard students stimulating and fulfilling paid internships in the humanities.

Over the past decade, Dumbarton Oaks has been at the forefront of skill-building opportunities for Harvard students interested in the humanities. The institute offers an array of immersive, hands-on summer opportunities in areas such as library and archival acquisitions and cataloguing; exhibition development; scholarly publications; social media and communications; museum education and public programs; and the digital humanities. Dumbarton Oaks internships are premised on our conviction that when provided with impactful and meaningful projects, working alongside our professional staff in a highly collaborative environment, students in the early stages of their academic career develop broader interests in careers in the humanities and a better understanding of the role of cultural organizations.

The 2020 term of summer internship appointments is from June 8 to August 7. Dumbarton Oaks provides furnished, campus housing, subsidized lunch, and offers an hourly rate of $16/hour. For more details, please write to

Information regarding our 2020 summer internship program will be available in the fall.

“I love the collegial atmosphere at Dumbarton Oaks, the interesting mix of scholars from different fields of expertise, the dynamic variety of projects hosted by one institution, and the mission of increasing accessibility to our library and collection that DO has. I think it was the perfect summer internship for a humanities student, and would highly recommend it to other students.”
– Dumbarton Oaks Summer Intern, 2019