Careers & Internships

Conservator working on a book

All current open positions are listed on our careers portal. Positions are listed until they are filled. If you do not see a position that fits your current situation, you are encouraged to submit a general interest application here.

General Employment Information

The American Antiquarian Society is represented by a staff of approximately 50 employees, including part-time, full-time and seasonal. We are always looking to build our inclusive community of thoughtful and friendly people who care about our mission to cultivate a deeper understanding of the American past. Our work spans many departments across the library, programs and administration, who collaborate to create a positive and professional working environment.

As an equal opportunity employer, AAS values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to equal employment and promotion opportunity regardless of ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

For all inquiries on employment, volunteering and internships, please contact careers [at] (careers[at]mwa[dot]org).

Summer Employment

Typically, the Society employs one or two people during the summer to work in the Reader Services department as a page. Summer employment is for eight to twelve weeks from mid-May until mid-August and will be posted on our careers portal, typically between March and April for the upcoming summer.


The Society has several standing paid internships, and on occasion will have internships available for specific AAS projects. All internships will be listed on our careers portal. We do not host unpaid internships. If you are seeking an internship for school credit, please contact careers [at] (careers[at]mwa[dot]org) to discuss.

The following are our recurring paid internships:

Conservation Internship - The Conservation Internship was established in 2020 to provide training opportunities for emerging professionals in the field of book and archives conservation. The internship is held in the conservation lab at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. . This internship typically takes place in the summer for ten weeks. The Summer 2024 position has been filled and the Summer 2025 application will open in fall 2024.

Nipmuc Community Internship - The Nipmuc Community Internship was established in 2022 to offer young tribal members pathways to library work and the opportunity to learn about archival and historic preservation. This is not listed on our careers portal, so interested candidates should reach out to Farrell Mead at careers [at] (careers[at]mwa[dot]org). The internship can be full or part-time, for anywhere between three to six months.

Seiler Library Internship - This internship is an opportunity to explore librarianship by working at a national research library, participating in its daily activities, completing library-based projects, and beginning to develop a network of contacts in the field. This internship will provide an overview of possible careers in the library field. The next Seiler Intern will be hosted between Jan-April 2025 for 10 weeks, and the application will be available in fall 2024.


On occasion we are able to host unpaid volunteers for discrete projects. This is subject to capacity of our managers and supervisors. If you are interested in volunteering please contact careers [at]