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Summer Internships | Funding | Other Opportunities, including Employment

Internships

By upcoming deadline:

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 ($).

Harvard Business School's Research Associate Program

Positions seem to be constantly open and available. Rolling. ($)

Missouri Secretary of State's Archives

Missouri's archives have a number of internships available. No deadlines listed.

The Mütter Museum

Philadelphia's Mutter Museum has internships, and is currently accepting applications for Education Intern at this museum of oddities and curiosities.

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. ($)

Night Kitchen Interactive

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. They are currently looking for animators and compositors, graphic designers, and unity/interactive game designers.

University of North Carolina Internships Listings

Penobscot Marine Museum

Located in Searsport, ME, these internships are targeted for history, art history, and museum studies students. They are often offering positions in photo archives, curatorial, marketing, and museum education. Contact their coordinator if you're interested.

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.

Smithsonian Institute

Large directory of Smithsonian's many internship opportunities, including online internships that can be done remotely. ($)

SS United States Conservancy

This conservancy aims to preserve the SS United States and often has internships available in DC, NYC, and Philadelphia. They are currently seeking a curatorial intern.

Historic Stagville Foundation

Intern at one of the largest antebellum plantations in North Carolina. "Stagville is dedicated to teaching about the lives and work of enslaved people on the plantation." No deadlines listed.

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 has not yet been announced. ($)

Student Conservation Association

Large directory of a variety of internships available to students interested in conservation work. The Career Discovery Internship Program  ($) focuses on college first- and second-years; the Aramark Sustainability Internship ($) prefers 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.

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 the summer in DC has passed.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Located in Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is looking for some interns. Most of these internships have been suspended due to COVID-19. Next deadline is October 1.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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

Archives of American Art

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

National Museum of African American History and Culture

As with most of the Smithsonian Institutions, NMAAHC hires interns. Deadlines are October 15 for the spring, March 15 for the summer, and July 15th for the fall. ($)

Supreme Court Internship Programs

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

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 spring is October 26, for the summer is February 3, and for the fall is June 22. ($)

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum usually has a variety of internships available. The application deadline is based on need and will be updated in November.

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. Internship application deadlines are November 1 for the spring, January 30 for the summer, and June 1 for the fall.

Wharton Esherick Museum

A museum dedicated to the craftsman, Wharton Esherick, just outside of Philadelphia. Internships are available with a November 1 deadline for spring, a March 1 deadline for summer, and a June 1 deadline for fall.

North Carolina Museum of History

The NC Museum of History hires a few interns each year based on need. Their deadline for spring is November 1, for summer is March 1, and for fall is July 1.

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. Deadline for spring is November 1, for summer is March 1, and for fall is June 1.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

This presidential library in Atlanta, GA, has internships available all year round. The application deadline for spring is December 11, for summer is April 17, and for fall is July 31.

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. Their 2020 deadline was December 15. ($)

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. They begin review of new applicants for 2021 in January.

White House Internship Program

The deadline for the summer is January 3, for the fall is May 1, and for spring is August 28.

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

Close to Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon hires many interns in archeology and other areas  ($) every summer. They also have a Leadership Fellowship ($) with a January 31, 2021, deadline. Application deadline for the summer 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 for 2020 was February 7 ($).

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 2021 has not yet been announced ($).

They also regularly seek interns. Deadline for 2020 was February 7. ($)

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. The deadline for 2020 was February 10. ($)

American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop

This program is paid and is looking for undergraduates and graduates to be their summer interns. The application deadline for 2020 was February 21. ($)

Swarthmore College's National Security Archive Internship

Join recent students who have taken a deep dive into the National Security Archive! Deadline is February 24. ($)

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

A competitive summer scholarship internship program in American history for high school and college students 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. The 2020 application deadline was March 2. ($)

The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission

The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission is looking for interns from Texas. This is a paid internship called the Preservation Scholars Program. Applications will be posted in  January and are usually due in April. ($)

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 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.

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

This presidential library in Ohio usually has internships available for each semester and the summer. Deadlines not listed.

Lewes Historical Society

The Lewes Historical Society in Lewes, DE, has a number of internships available each summer. Application deadline has not yet been announced.

The Minnesota Historical Society

Internships are available all year round. The next application deadline has not yet been announced.($)

Scott County Historical Society

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


Others, alphabetically:

Arden Craft Shop and Museum

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

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is always looking for volunteers. However, it is currently closed due to COVID-19.

The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress may have opportunities for you!

National Museum of American Jewish History

NMAJH has a number of internships available in the summer, but also provides paid internships throughout the school year. However, the internship program is currently suspended due to COVID-19.

The Newberry Library

Located in Chicago, The Newberry Library's internship program is currently suspended due to COVID-19. Deadline for the spring is December 1, for the summer is March 31, and for the fall is August 16.

Newlin Grist Mill

Located in Glen Mills, PA, Newlin Grist Mill is looking for volunteers.

Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

The Nixon Presidential Library and Museum hires interns on a semester-by-semester, rolling basis. However, it is currently closed due to COVID-19.

Washington County Historical Society

This historical society in Minnesota often has paid internships available for the summer in Scandia and Stillwater, MN. Currently, they're only seeking volunteers.

University of Louisville's Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships

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 2020 internships yet.

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 internships have been suspended due to COVID-19. .

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum always welcomes volunteers, but also hires interns all year long. Currently, their operations are suspended due to COVID-19. The spring deadline is December 1, the summer deadline is April 1, and the fall deadline is August 1.($)


Application deadlines have passed:

American Documentary

You can always look for employment opportunities with this organization whose docs are often on PBS, but they also have internships, the latest of which is for fall and whose deadline has passed.

Center for Jewish History

Located in New York, NY, they have a number of internships available.

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. They currently have no openings.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Swarthmore history students have participated in this internship program in the past. No internships or deadlines for 2021 are listed.

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden

Located in New York, this summer fellowship with a modest stipend is open to anyone who is enrolled as a student in spring 2020 and will be enrolled in fall 2020. The deadline has passed.

Museum of Jewish Heritage

This museum in NYC has a number of internships and other opportunities throughout the year. Most occur during our semesters. Deadline has passed. ($)

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 2020 has passed.

New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society hires a variety of interns for the summer. ($)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Located in Philadelphia, these internships are targeted for individuals interested in learning the inner workings of a metropolitan museum. They have 10 stipends of $3,000 each this summer. Their application deadline has passed. ($)

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

The Tudor Place in Washington, D.C., often has internships. No internships are currently available.


Funding Opportunities for Research or Internships

Center for Jewish History

Located in New York, NY, these fellowships are targeted at researchers. They have a number of internships available, as well. You can find the application for undergraduate fellowships 2018 here.

Swarthmore College's Social Sciences Division's Research Grants and Fellowships for 2018

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.

Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution often has job openings.