SHARP Internships

The Summer Humanities and Arts Research Program (SHARP) is a 10-week immersive summer program that aims to build community and stimulate creativity among a small cohort of Harvard undergraduate researchers in the humanities and arts. SHARP fellows work on research projects with Harvard-affiliated faculty, researchers, and senior library and museum staff. Recent projects have been led at the Harvard Art Museums, Houghton Library, and the Peabody Essex Museum, as well as with individual faculty members from a number of academic divisions.

SHARP fellows contribute to the rich, interdisciplinary intellectual, social, and residential environment in activities that include roundtable lunch talks with distinguished faculty speakers, pre-professional seminars, and opportunities to explore Harvard and the New England region more broadly.

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Here are a few examples of the 2018 SHARP Fellowships opportunities with Arts & Humanities faculty members:

  • metaLAB: Curricle: Work with metaLAB director Prof. Jeffrey Schnapp to design, research, and develop a prototype for a new experience in course selection: a digital platform that gives students powerful tools in data visualization and analytics for browsing and selecting courses at Harvard.
  • Paper Slips: Unbinding the Book in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Assist English Prof. Deidre Lynch in identifying and studying collections of commonplace books and scrapbooks in the Harvard libraries, developing a systematized database of the contents of the books and curating a digital exhibition.
  • Poetry in America: Join Prof. Elisa New of the English Department in developing and producing a multi-platform humanities initiative including collaboration with WGBH on state-of-the-art online course materials for Poetry in America for Teachers graduate courses.
  • Women’s Suffrage Centennial Exhibition at the Schlesinger Library (Radcliffe): Help launch commemorative exhibition on the history of the woman suffrage movement. Develop and hone archival and historical research skills, becoming well versed in the history and debates surrounding the passage of the 19th amendment, and become familiar with library, archival, and museum studies methodologies.

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