Internships in History

New York Historical Society (NY,NY)

General Website for Internship Postings:

One of our students worked at NYHS in the summer of 2013 in the History Exhibits department with Marci Reaven (VP for History Exhibitions) on their soon to be opening exhibit Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion. Tasks involved compiling notes from secondary sources, item research (for items going into the collection), some background research, and general support for Marci (mostly compiling notes for her so she could talk about specifics). This internship is certainly a program and has field trips to other museums on Friday afternoons. It is also paid (NY minimum wage when I was there). For college students they normally have internships in various departments and they will post the positions on the above link. 

National Archives and Records Administration (Washington, DC)

General Website for Internship Postings:

Boss' Contact: Jessie Kratz, Historian of the National Archives

One of our students worked as a History Office intern for summer 2014 at the Pennsylvania Avenue building for NARA in downtown Washington, DC. Tasks included writing blog posts for Prologue: Pieces of History, writing Facebook posts, scanning, editing, creating an online exhibit, and general support for the office. Right now, the History Office is within the Communications Office, so the jobs this summer skewed more towards that (especially with the Facebook posts). It is an unpaid internship but they do give you a transportation stipend. 

The National Archives has a lot of internships, both in DC and regionally at both the Presidential Libraries and the Regional Offices. The student told me that the Communications Office was very interested in getting in touch with Wesleyan, so if you reach out to Jessie Katz, she will probably be the best person to send you internship information to be posted somewhere.

National Museum of American History

Deadlines for this internship program with the Smithsonian Institution in the past. The application deadline for the fall is July 1, for the summer is March 1, and for the spring is October 15.

National Park Service—Historic Preservation

The Historic Preservation Internship Training Program trains our future historic preservation professionals. Deadline, October 24:

Supreme Court Internship Program

The Supreme Court is seeking interns! Application deadline for the summer is March 10, for the fall is June 10, and for the spring is October 20.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has a variety of internships available for the summer. The application deadline for fall is August 1, for summer is March 1, and for spring is December 1.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The History Programs Office at NASA is hiring interns throughout the year. The deadline for the summer is February 1, for the fall is June 1, and for the spring is November 1.

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum always welcomes volunteers, but also hires interns all year long. Fall deadline is August 1; summer deadline is April 1; and spring is December 1.

The Newberry Library

Located in Chicago, The Newberry Library is looking for a variety of interns. Deadline for summer internships is February 28, for the fall is June 1, and for the spring is December 1.

The American University in Cairo

The American University in Cairo has a number of internship opportunities available every year. They provide interns the opportunity to work within an international university and learn Arabic. Deadline is in January.

Archives of American Art

Another Smithsonian institution in Washington, D.C., this archive hires a variety of interns. Deadline for the spring is October 1, for the fall is June 1, and for the summer is February 25.

Lewes Historical Society

The Lewes Historical Society in Lewes, DE, has a number of internships available each summer. Application deadline is normally in March.

Grey Towers National Historic Site

Multiple internships are available at this estate run by the US Forest Service. Application deadline for the fall is June 1 and March 1 for summer.

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Located in Washington, DC, this Smithsonian Institution is closely connected with the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. You can find out more about their internships here. The application deadline for the summer is March 15, and is rolling for the rest of the year.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Located in Washington, DC, this Smithsonian Institution preserves American History through sound recordings. Swarthmore students have interned here in the past. The application deadline for the summer is March 15 andis rolling for the remainder of the year.

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

The Tudor Place in Washington, D.C., is currently look for interns. Applications are being accepted until April 15.

Buchanan / Burnham Internships

The Newport Historical Society usually has paid, full-time internships available for the summer. 

Chadds Ford Historical Society

Gain insight on what happens at a small historical society. Take on numerous roles and engage in work catered to your strengths and interests. Apply for an internship with Chadds Ford Historical Society, located south of campus just before the Delaware border.

City Hall Fellows

You can help affect policy and change in your local community with an internship with City Hall Fellows.

The Corwin (or Witch) House Museum

Located in Salem, MA, these internships are targeted for history, art history, architectural history, theater, and literature students. They have positions for interns during any time of the year, and their application deadline is rolling.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home

This presidential library in Kansas has internships available for the summer. 

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is always looking for volunteers. They also have some internship opportunities

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

Close to Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon hires many interns every summer. Some can be from a remote location. 

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

A competitive summer scholarship internship program in American history in New York City. This is a great opportunity to conduct primary-source research and work closely with eminent scholars. 

Historic Stagville Foundation

Intern at the largest antebellum plantation in North Carolina. 

Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University

There are a number of different kinds of internships are available here. You can apply on their website. Deadline appears to be rolling.

American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop

This program is paid and is looking for undergraduates and graduates to be their summer interns. 

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

This presidential library in Kansas has internships available for the summer. 

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum hires interns all year long.

Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth

Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth has many opportunities for History students. You can read more on the program and apply here.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum offers a internships appropriate for History majors, some during the year, some in the summer, see the their “Jobs and Internships” page for various opportunities. 

Margaret Sanger Papers Project

The project has multiple internships available. They will provide an opportunity for primary and secondary source research and editing historical documents. There are also web and digital internships available. 

Museum of Jewish Heritage

This museum in NYC has a number of internships and other opportunities throughout the year. Most occur during our semesters, but can be taken back to your communities. They have fall and spring internships with deadlines, and then general internships that are rolling.

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

The NCPTT's internship page provides links to opportunities with a number of agencies, including the National Park Service. 

Native American Congressional Internship

Sponsored by the Native Nations Institute, these internships aim to encourage Native Americans and Alaska Native students to learn more about issues and take action on issues affecting tribal communities. 

New York Historical Society

The New York Historical Society hires a variety of interns for the summer. 

Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

The Nixon Presidential Library and Museum hires interns on a semester-by-semester, rolling basis.

North Carolina Museum of History

The NC Museum of History hires a few interns each summer based on need. 

Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology

Regularly seek counselors for their summer camp, which has a different theme each summer. Positions are seasonal and contractual. Counselors report to the Summer Camp Director. Questions and applications can be directed to

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

A variety of internships are available at the PHMC, located in Harrisburg and Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives and Records Center

The House has internship opportunities throughout the year, including in the summer. Feel free to contact them via email or by phone: 717-783-3866 with any questions or interest.

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

This presidential library in Ohio has internships available for the summer. Rolling deadline.

SS United States Conservancy

This conservancy aims to preserve the SS United States and often has internships available in DC, NYC, and Philadelphia. Rolling deadline.

Scott County Historical Society

The Scott County Historical Society in Minnesota is always seeking interns. 

St. Mary's City

One of the first British settlements in America, St. Mary's City, in Maryland, is often looking for interns in a variety of fields. Application deadline is rolling.

The Studio for Southern California History

The Studio for Southern California History hires a variety of interns for the summer, including research, graphics, and education. 

US History Scene

This organization scours the internet for resources for young historians and presents history in multimedia formats. They have a few internships available which may involve archival research, writing, editing.

War News Radio

War News Radio generally hires students for the summer. 

Washington County Historical Society

This historical society in Minnesota has paid internships available for the summer in Scandia and Stillwater, MN. 

Others, alphabetically:

Dominican Studies Institute at the City University of New York

Our students have been involved with this program before.

Harvard Business School's Research Associate Program

Take a look at their letter and flier to the history department here.

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is always looking for volunteers.

The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative

This year's research theme at Columbia University has not yet been announced.

The Judah L. Magnes Museum

This museum of Jewish art and history in California has internship opportunities for people of many fields. Contact them with your interest at

The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress may have opportunities for you!

Missouri Secretary of State's Archives

Missouri's archives have a number of internships available.

National Archives

Large directory of various internship opportunities throughout the country. These include positions at presidential libraries and regional archives.

The National Conference of State Legislatures

The internship page at the National Conference of State Legislatures website is regularly updated and provides you with the resource of having many internships within state legislatures listed on a single page.

The National Council on Public History

The internship page at the National Council on Public History website is regularly updated and provides you with the resource of having many internships listed on a single page.

Smithsonian Institute

Large directory of Smithsonian's many internship opportunities.


The American Textile History Museum

This museum, in Lowell, MA, has a few different internship positions available. They take interns on an as-needed basis.

Arctic Studies Center

The internship page at the Arctic Studies Center is regularly updated and provides you with opportunities regarding the Arctic.

Arden Craft Shop and Museum

The Arden Craft Shop and Museum always welcomes volunteers, and occassionally hires interns.


• Contact: Patricia Boulos
The Boston Athenæum, a membership library, first opened its doors in 1807, and its rich history as a library and cultural institution has been well documented in the annals of Boston’s cultural life. The Athenaem offers paid internships in development, digitalization projects, and other areas.


• Contact: Ashley Martin
The Bostonian Society is dedicated to studying, and preserving Boston’s uniquely important history, embodied in materials, records, and structures such as the Old State House, and in sharing an understanding of the revolutionary ideas born here. They will work one-on-one with anyone interested in a volunteer or internship position.


• Contact: Mark Swartz, Park Ranger
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site was the home and office of preeminent landscape architect and park designer Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) from 1883 to 1895. 

National Park Service, Harpers Ferry

Opportunities at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park are as diverse as the natural and cultural resources of the park. History buffs, amateur naturalists, re-enactors, artists, students, teachers, gardeners and many others have found a way to share their talents and explore their interests at Harpers Ferry NHP.

For general information, please contact us at:
Email:e-mail us;

Phone: 304-535-5017

Mail: Volunteer Coordinator, Harpers Ferry NHP, P.O. Box 65, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

The Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in African American History (PAAH) -Mellon Scholar Internship Program

The Mellon Scholars Internship Program is a four-week summer program (June 1 through June 26, 2015) that provides potential scholars of early African American history with experience in original archival research, guidance on applying to graduate school and developing research agendas, and exposure to the work of research libraries.

The internship will have three components: guided primary source research in the Library Company’s African Americana Collection culminating in the production of a research paper and a capstone colloquium; a special project such as cataloging or creating an annotated bibliography of items in our collection; and professional development through workshops on the graduate school application process, mentoring by established scholars, networking, and field trips to local repositories.

Interns will be rising seniors or recent college graduates and will receive a $1,500 stipend and an allowance for room, board, and travel to and from Philadelphia. Application deadline: March 1, 2015, with a decision to be made by April 15.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Collections and Registration, Internships

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has a number of internship opportunities available for students who would like professional training in collections management, collections registration, and collections records. Students receive significant instruction and leave the internship with marketable skills.

Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH

Strawbery Banke is welcoming applications from qualified students for the museum’s ten week long Summer Internship Program. Internship placements begin in June and end in mid-August. Exact start and end dates will be mutually decided upon between the intern and his or her supervisor at the museum.

Successful applicants will work closely with museum staff on meaningful projects and gain experience in the operation of a mid-sized museum. All interns will have access to the museum’s historical resources that provide the interpretation for the four centuries of men, women, and children who have lived in the Strawbery Banke neighborhood. Interns will also gain insight into the strategies for educational development, community programming, and historic preservation through diverse education initiatives and cutting-edge fundraising strategies.


The Philadelphia History Museum, the city’s official history museum, offers a summer internship that involves interns in youth programs, exhibition development, and collection management. The principle focus of the internship will be working with youth groups visiting the museum. This will include program development, working out program logistics, and leading groups. Interns also will conduct the annual survey of renewable loans of artifacts in local institutions. Interns will be asked to assist with occasional marketing, administrative, and development projects when needed. Interns attend the weekly staff meetings.

Required Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of American history and familiarity with Philadelphia history
  • Experience working with children and/or young teens
  • Flexibility
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work on a team and to take direction


The internship starts any time after mid-May 2014 and runs through early August 2014. Interns work most of their hours at the museum on a Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. schedule. When interns work with the Collection Department, they work at the Collection Research Center in East Falls.


Interns report to: Cynthia Little, Ph. D., Historian


The museum is located near Independence Mall at 15 South 7th Street.

More information about the museum is available at:

National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia

The National Museum of American Jewish History is a leading cultural institution with a vibrant internship program for college and graduate students who want to learn about public history, the museum profession, non-profit organizations, and the American Jewish experience. Interns work in specific departments and participate in a series of group experiences during the fall and spring semesters. The internship is a voluntary, unpaid educational opportunity

The Field Museum, Chicago

Southampton Historical Museum

The Southampton Historical Museum has an active year round internship program available to high school, college, and graduate students. Our internship programs introduce students to a profession choice in the humanities by participating in multifaceted, meaningful, and energetic museum work. The following positions are available based on the talents and interests of the intern: Docent, Public Relations, Curating Assistant, Collections Assistant, Education Assistant, and Administration Assistant.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Offers paid and unpaid internships:

The Valentine Museum, Richmond, VA

The Valentine Museum, the first private museum in the City of Richmond, opened in 1898; Edward Valentine served as its first president from its opening until his death in 1930. In his own will, he left an incredible collection of his sculpture, papers, furniture and memorabilia to the museum that still bears his family name. Internships:

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford
Estelle Kafer, Executive Director
Phone: (860) 727-6171

Located in the west end of Hartford, JHSGH is dedicated to collecting and preserving historical documents, photographs and memorabilia. Established in 1971, the Society's main commitment is to reach the largest audience possible through publications, exhibitions, seminars and educational programs. Seeking intern(s) to assist with: archival processing work of collections, to be responsible for public relations and newsletter; to be responsible for exhibit research and displays; to conduct oral history interviews and transcribe tapes, and to assist with research for publications.