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Academic and Public Programs

Student Opportunities

Harvard students are encouraged to sign up for our student-only email list to stay connected with the museums and to learn about upcoming student events and opportunities.

Students can also visit our calendar for dates, details, and updates about the wide variety of talks, tours, workshops, films, exhibition openings, and much more happening throughout the year.

There are many ways for students to become involved with the museums during the academic year. Current positions in the Division of Academic and Public Programs’ Student Programs are listed below. Additional opportunities in departments across the museums are posted on the Student Employment Office throughout the year and are shared with our student email list.

Student Programs

Our three formal student programs—the Student Board, the Student Guide Program, and the Graduate Student Teacher Program—put students at the center of museum activity and allow students to play a crucial role in serving both our campus and our community.

Student Board
The Student Board plays a valuable role at the Harvard Art Museums working with staff to deepen student engagement at HAM. Board members will go behind the scenes at a university art museum and think critically about pressing issues facing museums today. Students will have the opportunity to work together as a team to design and implement campus and community engagement projects. Board members come from a wide range of backgrounds and concentrations and share an enthusiasm for thinking about how museums work and why they matter.

The application period for the 2021-2022 academic year has passed. Opportunities for the 2022-2023 academic year will be posted in Fall 2022.

For the Student Board:
Ana Barros
Manager of Campus Partnerships

Ho Family Student Guide Program
Student Guides are trained to create and lead original, research-based tours of the collections for university and community audiences. Taking place in person and online, these tours offer unique, thematic views into the collections. The Student Guides also develop educational and interpretive materials for social media, including Instagram (@harvardarthappens), Facebook (@HoStudentGuides), and YouTube. Students from all concentrations are encouraged to apply; no art history, studio art, or museum experience is required. Participants have come from a wide range of concentrations, including Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Philosophy, Government, History and Literature, AFVS, and History of Art and Architecture. Through their training, Student Guides gain knowledge of the collections and develop skills in critical thinking, visual analysis, public speaking, and leadership. This program is supported by the Ho Family Student Guide Fund.

The application period for the 2021-2022 academic year has passed. Opportunities for the 2022-2023 academic year will be posted in Summer 2022.

For the Ho Family Student Guide Program:
Camran Mani
Cunningham Fellow in Academic and Public Programs

Graduate Student Teacher Program
Open to all Harvard Graduate School of Education students interested in interdisciplinary teaching with visual art at the high school level, this program is offered by the Harvard Art Museums’ Division of Academic and Public Programs (DAPP) in collaboration with the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS), Cambridge’s only public high school. This is a year-long, mentored teaching position that focuses on exploring different approaches to gallery teaching, building multi-visit classroom partnerships, using visual art as a tool for teaching a variety of academic subjects, and developing a museum-going identity among high school students. Opportunities for the 2022-2023 academic year will be posted in Spring 2022.

For the Graduate Student Teacher Program:
Jen Thum
Assistant Director of Academic Engagement and Assistant Research Curator

Additional Student Opportunities and Campus Engagement

We encourage all Harvard students—of all backgrounds and levels of museum experience—to consider our building and collections as a place to explore their identities, creativity, academic perspectives, and questions during their time at Harvard and beyond. In addition to the formal student programs listed above, the museums offer many other ways for graduates and undergraduates to stay engaged and involved, including research and assistant positions across our departments, the Student Print Rental Program, collaboration with student organizations and campus offices, occasional performance opportunities, and much more.

Admission to the museums is free for Harvard students with a HUID (plus a guest), and we are open 7 days a week, from 10am to 5pm. Students are warmly invited to attend all of our public programs, including lectures, gallery talks, workshops, film screenings, special events, openings, and more, and are encouraged to regularly check our public calendar for what’s coming up next. All programs, with the exception of Materials Lab workshops ($15 materials fee), are offered free of charge.

For student engagement opportunities:
Ana Barros
Manager of Campus Partnerships

House Teas
During the academic year, the museums host teas for each of the 12 undergraduate Houses at Harvard. A deeply held and beloved ritual of Harvard’s residential college system, House Teas are co-hosted by faculty deans and a representative of the museums’ Student Board. They take place in the Naumburg Room, a space donated to the Fogg Museum in 1932 that was intended to serve as “a living room for living people to whom art is a living thing.” Teeming with food and friends, these study breaks build community and introduce students to ideas, people, and spaces on campus that they might not otherwise encounter.

Student Print Rental Program
The Student Print Rental Program, a beloved part of student life at Harvard since the early 1970s, gives current Harvard undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to bring art into their living spaces and make it a part of their daily lives. For the duration of an academic year, Harvard students living in freshmen dormitories, upperclassmen Houses, and Harvard-affiliated housing can enjoy and critically study their chosen print in their dorm room. This close contact fosters an appreciation of art as students learn to care for the works, interpret their meanings, and come to understand the intrinsic power of art. You can learn more about the Student Print Rental Program through Index, the museums’ digital magazine.

Harvard Art Museums staff are finalizing logistics in order to safely administer the Student Print Rental Program in accordance with Harvard’s health and safety guidelines. All news about the 2021-2022 Student Print Rental Program will be shared in the Harvard Student Newsletter.

Student Assistants
The museums also welcome Harvard undergraduate and graduate students to join us as research assistants, office assistants, and more. Work ranges from administrative tasks and student outreach to research projects like building digital tools, developing programs focused on accessibility, and investigating virtual reality. Opportunities in departments across the museums are posted on the Student Employment Office throughout the year and shared with our student email list. Most hiring takes place at the beginning of each semester.

Graduate Student Internships
Harvard graduate student interns from a range of disciplines provide key research support for curatorial projects, helping develop exhibitions and catalogues, gallery text, digital content, and programming. Students should consult their home departments regarding the eligibility for graduate internships. The application period for the 2021-2022 academic year has passed. Opportunities for the 2022-23 academic year can be found here. Applications are due by Monday, April 18, 2022.