Internships & Funding

Internships and Funding

Summer Internships | Funding | Other Opportunities

Summer Internships

By upcoming deadline:

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 summer is March 1, for spring is December 1, and for fall is August 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. The summer deadline is April 1, the spring deadline is December 1, and fall deadline is August 1.

White House Internship Program

The application deadline for the fall is sometime in April, for summer is sometime in January, and for the spring is sometime in September.

Archives of American Art

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

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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

National Museum of American History

Swarthmore history students have participated in 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.

Supreme Court Internship Programs

The Supreme Court is seeking interns! Application deadlines are June 15 for the fall, March 1 for the summer, and October 15 for the spring.

The Newberry Library

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

Grey Towers National Historic Site

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

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 throughout the year. Summer application deadline is usually in April.

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. Application deadline for summer 2017 is April 1.

Arctic Studies Center

The internship page at the Arctic Studies Center is regularly updated and provides you with opportunities regarding the Arctic. Often, the application deadlines are rolling.

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. No deadline has been listed yet.

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.

Dominican Studies Institute at the City University of New York

Our students have been involved with this program before. Speak with Diego Armus or one of the two students to find out more. Internships seem to be available on a rolling basis.

Historic Stagville Foundation

Intern at the largest antebellum plantation in North Carolina. No deadlines listed for summer 2017 yet.

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. No application is available yet for 2017.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Swarthmore history students have participated in this internship program in the past. No deadline for 2017 is listed.

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.

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. The application deadline for summer 2017 has not yet been announced.

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. Their deadline for summer is not listed.

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

This presidential library in Ohio has internships available for the summer. The application deadline appears to be rolling.

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 has passed, 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 has passed and is rolling for the remainder of the year.

SS United States Conservancy

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

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. Deadline is not listed.

Scott County Historical Society

The Scott County Historical Society in Minnesota is always seeking interns, and the application deadline for summer 2017 has yet to be announced.

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. No deadline is listed yet.

Student Conservation Association

Large directory of a variety of internships available to students interested in conservation work. The Career Discovery Internship Program focuses on college first- and second-years; the Aramark Sustainability Internships prefer juniors, seniors, and recent graduates; and the NPS Academy is more intensive and provides a program that leads to career development. Applications are accepted year-round.

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

The Tudor Place in Washington, D.C., is currently look for interns. Application deadline is not listed.

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. The application deadline for 2017 has not yet been announced.

Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico

Senators are often looking for interns. Udall offers summer internships in every season, in both New Mexico and D.C. In NM, Senator Udall accepts applications for the fall and the summer on a rolling basis. Application deadline for summer 2017 in DC has not yet been announced.

War News Radio

War News Radio generally hires students for the summer. No application deadline has been announced yet.


Others, alphabetically:

Arden Craft Shop and Museum

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

Harvard Business School's Research Associate Program

Take a look at their letter and flier to the history department [pdf]. No deadlines listed.

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 application deadline 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 info@magnes.org.

Lewes Historical Society

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

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. No deadlines listed.

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, including online internships that can be done remotely.

University of North Carolina Internships Listings


Application deadlines have passed:

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 has passed.

American University'sInvestigative Reporting Workshop

This program is paid and is looking for undergraduates and graduates to be their summer interns. The application deadline for summer 2016 has passed.

Buchanan / Burnham Internships

The Newport Historical Society usually has paid, full-time internships available for the summer. The application deadline for summer 2016 has passed.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

This presidential library in Kansas has internships available for the summer. The application deadline for summer 2016 has not yet been posted.

City Hall Fellows

You can help affect policy and change in your local community with an internship with City Hall Fellows. Deadline has not yet been announced.

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

This presidential library in Kansas has internships available for the summer. The application deadline for summer 2016 has not yet been announced.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

A competitive summer scholarship internship program in American history for outstanding graduating college seniors based in New York City. This is a great opportunity to conduct primary-source research and work closely with eminent scholars. History students Madalyn Baldanzi `08 and Kevin Kim '11 have participated in the program. Application deadline has passed.

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program

This program, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is designed to help usher students into graduate school. If you think you're interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the humanities, social sciences, or fine arts, this might be an excellent way to introduce you to the rigors or test the waters. The deadline has passed.

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

Close to Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon hires many interns in archeology and other areas every summer. Some can be from a remote location. Deadline for summer 2016 has passed.

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. A deadline for 2016 has passed.

New York Historical Society

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

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 summercamp@pennmuseum.org. The application deadline for summer 2016 has passed.

They also regularly seek interns. Deadline has passed.

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

A variety of internships are available at the PHMC, located in Harrisburg and Philadelphia. Swarthmore history students have participated in this program in the past. The deadline for summer 2016 has passed.

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. Deadlines for 2016 have passed.

Washington County Historical Society

This historical society in Minnesota has

paid internships available for the summer in Scandia and Stillwater, MN. The application deadline for summer 2016 has passed.


Funding Opportunities for Research or Internships

Swarthmore College's Social Sciences Division's Research Grants and Fellowships for 2014

Sager Summer Social Action Award


Other Opportunities

Historical Markers Database

Walking through the city, you'll see them all the time. This page dedicates itself to cataloging all historical markers, so feel free to bring a camera and document where you've been and where you're going and what's happened there before.

Literary Laundry

This journal has no submission fee, but offers cash awards for the best writing. Run out of Stanford University, you can submit here.