Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center

Boston Public Library 700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
February 07, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



GIS Intern


The Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center is seeking a paid intern to work one day a week, helping to monitor the Map Gallery, and to work with the GIS Team in developing geospatial digital resources that increase accessibility to the historical map collections. The intern will work between 8-9 hours a week, splitting the day between gallery monitoring, and working on GIS projects.

This is a part-time position, the duration of which is flexible depending upon applicant's educational goals and other responsibilities. Compensation: $12 an hour. This position is subject to a CORI check.


Gallery (~4.5 hours per week):

  • Serve as first face of the Map Center, greeting guests, enthusing with them about maps, exhibitions, and the library

  • Maintain gallery and learning center by dusting, refilling brochure racks, re-shelving atlases, monitoring visitors’ behavior, and having a keen eye for detail

  • Provide light reference to visitors; use familiarity with digital collections to answer questions and make people feel comfortable learning more about digital collections

  • Field reference requests requiring access to rare materials and direct to appropriate staff

  • Lead approximately one tour, talk, or other public program monthly

  • Research historical items in the collection to contribute to growing knowledge of materials, and generate content for social media posts and presentations

  • Collect data on gallery attendance, reference requests and general visitors questions and impressions

  • Perform general administrative and library tasks

  • Adhere to Intern Expectations and the policies of the Leventhal Map & Education Center and the Boston Public Library.

GIS (~4 hours per week):

  • Contribute geographic metadata to a collection of urban atlases spanning from 1861-1965

  • Communicate with GIS Team to ensure data description and processing workflow is standard and efficient

  • Develop and lead talks, workshops and tutorials describing project process and progress

  • Perform general administrative and library tasks


Required Qualifications:

  • Interest in museums/ and or libraries and geospatial technologies

  • Ability to perform routine tasks on a Windows PC and Microsoft Office

  • Ability to complete detailed work with a high degree of consistency and accuracy

  • Able to respectfully and effectively work with diverse visitors and staff

  • Ability to solve problems independently as well as collaboratively

  • Interest in and ability to learn unfamiliar tools, software, and hardware

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience studying GIS (in any discipline), history, public history, library science, or museum studies

  • Interest in UI & UX design, data visualization, or digital humanities

  • Intermediate or Advanced knowledge of desktop GIS and/or web GIS technology

  • Experience with web development, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Leaflet, or D3.js

  • Experience with any of the following: Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Access, Carto, StoryMaps, QGIS, or Github

  • Proficiency in language(s) other than English

How To Apply:
Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered. The applicant’s cover letter should speak to how their particular set of interests and skills will contribute to the goals and responsibilities described in this listing, and to the Leventhal Map Center mission at large.
Apply by:
February 18, 2019
$12 / hour
About this Organization:

The Leventhal Map & Education Center is an independent nonprofit organization that offers extensive programs to K- 12 students and teachers both onsite and in school classrooms. Based at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, the Leventhal Center also presents changing exhibitions and public programs including lectures and family events, collects, catalogs and conserves a collection of 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases, and provides reference and research services.