Internships

Internships

All interns must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a degree-granting univeristy at the time of their application and internship.

For an article by a recent Harvard undergraduate intern, click here.

For the I Tatti blog, written and maintained by current and former interns, click here.

Short Term (part time). For several years, a number of undergraduate and graduate students have taken part in internships at I Tatti. Short term interns come for at least three hours a week, for a total of at least 45 hours during a semester. For possible projects, see sample internships below and I Tatti research projects. Short term interns must be enrolled as students at Harvard University, or a university with a program based in Florence. The home university must provide insurance for interns and academic credit for the internship.  Students should not write I Tatti directly, but ask the internship coordinator at their university to contact I Tatti here.
   
J Term (for Harvard students). Harvard students interested in working at I Tatti during the J(anuary) Term can apply for short term internships. Students could work at least half time for at least three weeks, and some funding may be available.  For possible projects, see sample internships and I Tatti research projects. Interested Harvard students should ask a professor to contact I Tatti here.

Intensive (full time). I Tatti encourages Harvard undergraduate and graduate students to apply for intensive, full time internships. These internships are for a maximum of three months, and a minimum of 240 hours, during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. I Tatti provides lunch on work days; some funding may be available for housing and travel expenses. The I Tatti library, archives, photo archive, and art collection offer many rich opportunities for internships. For possible projects, see sample internships and I Tatti research projects. Interested Harvard students should ask a professor to contact I Tatti here. Students with at least an intermediate level of proficiency in Italian may be able to link the internship to ITAL 96r Italian and the Community: Italy. Academic Internships in Italian Language and Culture, organized by Elvira G. Di Fabio.

Sample Internships. Most interns have worked on projects in the library or in the photograph archive (Fototeca). An outstanding resource for the study of the history of art, especially Italian Renaissance painting, the photographic archive holds around 250,000 photographic prints, dating from the 1880s to the present. Many types of internships in the library, archive, and photographic archive are available. Here are some recent examples: 

Inventory. The internship will help students understand the importance and use of a photo archive, how to recognize photographic techniques, and how to use a database. Interns count the photographs housed in folders arranged by the organizing principles created by the Berensons. They also measure all items that exceed the folder format, and take note of attached material such as clippings, correspondence, and written evaluations by experts. Interns then enter this information in our local database.

Catalog. The internship focuses on the cataloging of photographs. One recently completed project focused on 1,500 images of the Life of Saint Francis frescoes in the Assisi Basilica, taken in the 1970s during the major conservation program. One current project is the Homeless Paintings of the Italian Renaissance, which provides access to images in the photo archive for which the location is unknown.The interns learn to use OLIVIA, Harvard’s cataloging system for visual materials, and follow local guidelines written according to VRA Core categories (Visual Resources Association Data Standard). The records are published in VIA (Visual Image Access) the public union catalog of visual materials at Harvard; those for the Francis and Homeless projects are now available online.