Support for University Students
The Haffenreffer Museum offers research opportunities for students in various disciplinary backgrounds in our CultureLab. Our object catalog is available on the CultureLab computer, and students may browse the database for class papers, projects, honors theses, or student exhibitions. In some cases, requested objects may be brought to CultureLab for further exploration.
The Haffenreffer Museum offers internships of varying lengths, some are for academic credit; others for a modest stipend. Normally, interns focus on a particular area of museum activity-- collections management, education, exhibition, public relations, conservation or a research project. If you’d like to propose an internship, please send us a proposal outlining the project you’re interested in. Most internships result in a final product of some kind, to be agreed upon with the supervisor. The Museum expects an intern to work at least one day a week during the internship and keep a log documenting their museum involvement.
Academic Internships for college course credit are available to students currently enrolled at Brown University or other colleges or universities. The student interested in a particular topic related to collections research, exhibitions, education programs, or other museum areas should develop the project in joint discussions with a faculty sponsor and the museum internship supervisor. The faculty sponsor agrees to direct the student's program so that it will fulfill the requirements of his/her particular institution. The museum on-site supervisor agrees to assist in the project design, monitor the internship, and to evaluate the work completed. Brown University students usually enroll in an appropriate reading and research course for undergraduate (AN 193/194) or graduate (AN 293/294) students.
Internships not for course credit are available to Brown University students who wish to gain practical experience in collections management, education programs, exhibitions, and other aspects of museum operations. Interns who complete 100 hours of supervised work and fulfill internship requirements will receive an Internship Certificate. Non-stipendiary.
The Rudolf F. Haffenreffer 3rd Internship. Awarded on a competitive basis, this semester-long internship is for American Indian students at Brown who wish broad experience in collections management, education programs, exhibitions, and other aspects of museum operations. Applicants must be American Indian and must be in residence for a full semester. Interested students should contact the Museum for further details. Stipend.
For more information on internships contact Jennifer Stampe.
A limited number of small grants for systematic field collecting are available to Brown University faculty, museum staff, and advanced students in anthropology. Those who are preparing to go into the field and who may be interested should consult with the Museum's director and/or curatorial staff about an appropriate collection that could be made for the Museum. Together they will develop a responsible strategy for collecting, documentation, fiscal accounting, and shipping materials.
For further information contact:
Kevin P. Smith, Deputy Director