Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center

Boston Public Library 700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
February 24, 2023

Eastern Massachusetts



Summer 2023 Geospatial Internships


The Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library seeks to hire two undergraduate interns working on geospatial research, with the goal of training the next generation of professionals in topics including geospatial technology, public humanities, and nonprofit management. Interns will work onsite in the Center’s offices at the Central Library for 12-16 hours per week from late May 2023 through mid-August 2023.

Geospatial research interns will work with the Assistant Curator for Digital & Participatory Geography and gain basic GIS (geographic information system) skills as they geotransform historic atlases from towns around the state of Massachusetts. Interns will also work on other smaller digital projects (web maps, data visualizations) to support interpretive and educational work. Additionally, each week both interns will be expected to cover at least two four-hour shifts welcoming visitors at the front desk of our public gallery at the Central Library as part of their role. It is likely that one of the gallery shifts will occur during our weekend gallery hours.

This is a part-time, hourly, fixed-term position and individuals will only be eligible to serve as interns for one summer during their time as an undergraduate. If you’ve never worked in a museum or library, that’s fine! We’re looking for curious minds with the desire to learn. We prefer enthusiasm over depth of skill.

This opportunity may be particularly suitable for the following types of undergraduate students:

  • Students studying history, urban studies, geography, environmental studies, or museum/library studies
  • Students with interest in learning more about maps & geography, museum studies, digital humanities & library collections
  • Dates: Late May 2023 through mid-August 2023, with particular preference for candidates who can work at least from June 1-August 18, 2023
  • Hours: 12-16 hours/week
  • Compensation: $15.35/hour
  • This position is not eligible for health benefits.
  • Work is performed in-person at the Central Library in Copley Square. The Library is well-served by public transit. No free facilities for employee parking are available. The Library and Map Center gallery are fully ADA accessible.
  • All LMEC employees are required to present proof of full vaccination against the COVID-19 virus per federal CDC guidelines.
  • All LMEC employees are required to pass a CORI check as part of the hiring process.
How To Apply:

Applications are due by March 15, 2023 at 12:00pm ET. To apply, submit the documents listed below via this form:

  • A letter of interest, no longer than 2 single-spaced pages
  • A resume or CV
Longlisted applicants will be asked to provide a writing sample prior to interviewing and finalists will be asked for references. If you have any additional questions, please contact with questions about this vacancy.
Apply by:
March 15, 2023
15.35 / Per hour
About this Organization:

The Leventhal Map & Education Center is an independent, self-governing nonprofit organization in a long-term strategic relationship with the Boston Public Library. The Center stewards a quarter million geographic objects in the Library’s collections, and works to make them freely available to the public for research, interpretation, and engagement. The Center’s collections range from fifteen century atlases to modern-day geospatial data sets. The Center creates original exhibitions hosted in its gallery space at the Central Library in Copley Square and promotes K-12 and public education on topics that explore the relationship between people and places.