The Medici Archive Project (MAP) invites applications to our junior research internship program for undergraduate and recent graduate students. This is a nine-week research based internship in the State Archives in Florence from late May to early August.
The internship is split into three periods. The first three weeks will be spent helping prepare for, and participating in, MAP’s annual paleography course on the reading and use of early modern documents in academic research.
Successful applicants will spend the second period of their internship shadowing a scholar in the archives, and helping their mentor with topic-specific research. Typical tasks will include indexing volumes, transcribing documents, and conducting secondary research online and in various libraries or archives throughout Florence.
The final period of the intern’s stay at MAP will be predominantly devoted to pursuing a personal research topic in the archives. Upon applying to the program, prospective interns should briefly describe a research topic that warrants the use of primary materials in the State Archives of Florence in their cover letter. Ideally, the project should be related to the program to which they are submitting their application.
If applicants do not have a specific research project, they should outline their relevant academic interests and will be given an opportunity to develop a project, in conjunction with a scholar, over the course of the internship.
Throughout their time at MAP, interns will also be asked to perform various administrative tasks in the office. These tasks will include assisting with social media and office organization, copy editing, and organization of the palaeography course.
Though the internship is designed to last eight to nine weeks, start and end dates are flexible and can be altered to accommodate the applicant’s school schedule.