Employment Opportunities



Volunteers are an important part of the AAS community and their contributions of time and talent are greatly appreciated as we work to further the Society’s mission to collect, preserve and make accessible the printed and manuscript materials that record the history of what are now the United States, Canada, and the former English colonies of the West Indies, from the time of first settlement by Europeans through 1876.

Volunteers assist in various departments throughout the library and administration. The volunteer program is very limited and based on the availability of projects and managers.

We appreciate your interest in volunteering however at this time the Society is not accepting new volunteers.


Internships, General

Internships at AAS are based on the availability of managers and may be offered in conjunction with a college or university’s requirements. General, unpaid internships are reviewed individually.

At this time, we cannot accommodate general internships. Please see specific internships.


Internships, Specific

Seiler Curatorial Internship - The Seiler Curatorial Internship was established in memory of Nadia Sophie Seiler. This newly-created internship at AAS will allow the participant to work in the Society’s manuscript collection. The strengths of the Society’s manuscripts holdings (primarily pre-1900) are New England diaries, papers of New England families and businesses, and American book trades (printing, publishing, bookselling). The ideal candidate will have an interest or background in the history of the book and/or the material culture of manuscripts.

Conservation Internship - Filled for 2021


Summer employment for college students

Typically, the Society employs two to six colleges students during the summer to work in various departments including Readers’ Services, Outreach, and Cataloging. We strive to match students with managers and departments to provide a positive and rewarding work experience. Summer employment is for eight weeks from end of May until early August.

Filled for 2021


General Employment Information

The Society has a staff of dedicated professionals who acquire, preserve, and make accessible one of the greatest collections of early American print materials ever assembled. Through the diligence, hard work, and expertise of our staff, the Society has established a well-earned reputation for unparalleled curatorial and reference services, incomparable depth of rare book cataloging, innovative scholarly and public programs, voracious acquisitions, outstanding scholarly publications, and an uncompromising commitment to conservation and preservation.

We take pride in our past accomplishments and aspire to new achievements, while also encouraging our core values of integrity, fairness, and common sense.

The Society has a policy of promoting inclusiveness and its staff, councilors, and volunteers reflect diversity in order to enrich its programmatic effectiveness. The Society takes meaningful steps to promote inclusiveness in its hiring, retention, promotion, councilor recruitment, and constituencies served.

The American Antiquarian Society is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

For more information on general employment information contact:

Carol-Ann Mackey
Director of Human Resources
American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 471-2164
Email: cmackey@mwa.org

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