Internships & Funding
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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.
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.
L'ville's Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships seeks interns most years. Last year's deadline was in November, but nothing is listed for 2017 internships yet.
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 fall is July 1, for summer is March 1, and for spring is November 1.
Located in Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is looking for a digital collections interns. Deadline for the fall is July 15, for the summer is April 15, and for the spring internships is December 1.
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.
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.
The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum always welcomes volunteers, but also hires interns all year long. The fall deadline is
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 will likely be in January.
The application deadline for the spring is sometime in September, for the fall is sometime in April, and for the summer is sometime in January.
This program is paid and is looking for undergraduates and graduates to be their summer interns. The application deadline for summer 2016 was in February.
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 2017 will likely be in February.
The History Programs Office at NASA is hiring interns throughout the year. The deadline for the spring is October 1, for the fall is June 1, and for the summer is February 1.
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 February 25.
You can help affect policy and change in your local community with an internship with City Hall Fellows. Deadline will likely be in March.
The NCPTT's internship page provides links to opportunities with a number of agencies, including the National Park Service. A deadline for 2017 will likely be in March.
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.
The Lewes Historical Society in Lewes, DE, has a number of internships available each summer. Application deadline will likely be in March.
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.
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 and is rolling for the remainder of the year.
This presidential library in Atlanta,GA, has internships available for the summer. The application deadline for summer 2017 will likely be in April.
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 is always looking for volunteers. They also have some internship opportunities. Application deadline for summer 2017 is April 1.
This presidential library in Kansas has internships available for the summer. The application deadline for summer 2017 is April 15.
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.
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.
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.
This presidential library in Ohio has internships available for the summer. The application deadline appears to be rolling.
Intern at the largest antebellum plantation in North Carolina. No deadlines listed for summer 2017 yet.
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.
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 not yet been announced.
Swarthmore history students have participated in this internship program in the past. No deadline for 2017 is listed.
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 for 2017 has not yet been announced.
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.
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.
The New York Historical Society hires a variety of interns for the summer. Deadline for fall has passed but hasn't been announced for summer yet.
Examples of projects past interns have assisted with: the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's interactive web feature based on the U.S. citizenship exam and with the Smithsonian Archives and Gilder Lehrman Institute's web redesigns. Based in Philadelphia, they are often looking for interns to join their team. No deadline has been announced, but contact email@example.com if you're interested.
The Nixon Presidential Library and Museum hires interns on a semester-by-semester, rolling basis.
The NC Museum of History hires a few interns each summer based on need. Their deadline for summer is not listed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline for summer 2017 has not yet been announced.
They also regularly seek interns. Deadline has not yet been announced.
This conservancy aims to preserve the SS United States and often has internships available in DC, NYC, and Philadelphia. Their deadline is rolling.
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.
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 hires a variety of interns for the summer, including research, graphics, and education. No deadline is listed yet.
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.
The Tudor Place in Washington, D.C., is currently look for interns. Application deadline is not listed.
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.
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 generally hires students for the summer. No application deadline has been announced yet.
This historical society in Minnesota has
paid internships available for the summer in Scandia and Stillwater, MN. The application deadline for summer 2017 has not yet been announced.
The Arden Craft Shop and Museum always welcomes volunteers, and occasionally hires interns.
Take a look at their letter and flier to the history department [pdf]. No deadlines listed.
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is always looking for volunteers.
The Library of Congress may have opportunities for you!
Missouri's archives have a number of internships available. No deadlines listed.
Philadelphia's Mutter Museum currently has all internships and volunteer positions filled, but check back in with this museum of oddities and curiousities to see if you can help out.
Large directory of various internship opportunities throughout the country. These include positions at presidential libraries and regional archives.
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 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.
NMAJH has a number of internships available in the summer, but also provides paid internships throughout the school year. No deadlines listed.
Large directory of Smithsonian's many internship opportunities, including online internships that can be done remotely.
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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.
This journal has no submission fee, but offers cash awards for the best writing. Run out of Stanford University, you can submit here.