Intern, Boone Scholars for East Asian Studies The Field Museum Chicago

The Field Museum is pleased to announce the 2015 Boone Scholars Internship Program in East Asian Studies. This year we are seeking one highly qualified undergraduate or recent graduate to assist with our East Asian collections. The length of the paid internship program will depend on the schedules of the intern and staff. The intern will be required to work a minimum of three days per week at the Museum. 

Boone interns assist Field Museum research and collections staff with projects related to the study and long-term care of the Museum’s extensive East Asian collections. This year the intern will assist with labeling and housing objects from the Java Sea Wreck collection, which includes high-fired ceramics and earthenware, iron ingots and other metal objects, aromatic resin, elephant ivory, glass, and personal effects of the crew and merchants of a 13th-century ship. During this project they will vet catalog information and may also assist with posting information and images about this collection on the Museum’s website. Interns may also have an opportunity to digitize and transcribe catalog cards for prints and paintings from China collections. And they may also rehouse photography binders of photos from the East Asian collections and field expeditions.


Qualified candidates should be juniors, seniors, or recent graduates of academic institutions in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, or Ohio with at least a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) and a demonstrated, strong interest in East Asian studies (anthropology, art history, history, etc.). The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills and attention to detail, ability to focus on tasks, a willingness to follow directions and procedures, and a demonstrated commitment to long-term care of anthropological collections. Prior collections and/or registration experience is a plus.


Interested candidates should submit the following documents directly to the Anthropology Internship Committee:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Essay outlining research interests and goals (2-3 pages)
  • Transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Two letters of recommendation

Applications must be mailed or emailed to:

Mailing address for hard-copy submissions:

Anthropology Internship Committee
The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive 
Chicago, IL 60605

Email address for electronic submissions:

**Please note that applications for this program are NOT accepted via the online system at this time.  Please follow instructions listed above to apply for this position.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received by Monday, March 9th.