Student Opportunities

The Haffenreffer Museum is committed to working with Brown University students. Any questions about our employment, internship, or proctorship opportunities should be directed to [email protected].


The Museum employs Brown University students to monitor the public gallery, engage visitors, facilitate Culture Lab sessions, and teach outreach programs. Meet our current student employees here.

If you’re interested in working for the Museum, keep an eye on Brown University’s student employment website for job announcements.


Students from any university may propose internship projects for the Museum. Past projects have focused on collections management, education, exhibitions, public relations, conservation, and independent research.

Interns must work with a faculty advisor and Museum staff to determine the project’s scope and timeline. Students are expected to work at least one day per week during their internship and can receive course credit or, in some cases, a small stipend.

Brown University students usually enroll in ANTH 1970 (for undergraduate students) or ANTH 2980 (for graduate students). Brown University undergraduate students can also partner with the Museum for an UTRA award.

American Indian/Alaska Native students at Brown University are eligible to submit proposals for the Rudolf F. Haffenreffer 3rd Internship. Awarded on a competitive basis, this semester-long internship is supported by a stipend.


The Museum works with Brown University departments to arrange proctorships for graduate students interested in gaining practical museum skills and/or pursuing independent research projects with the Museum’s collections or archives.

 All proctorship appointments must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in the student’s home department and by the Graduate School. We recommend consulting with the Museum to identify interested students and coordinate projects.

Please note that proctors placed at the Museum are expected to work 15-20 hours per week at the Collections Research Center, located in Bristol, RI. Regular access to a vehicle is highly recommended.