Employment & Internship Opportunities & Funding
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Located in New York, NY, they have a number of internships available. One position is currently open until filled.
The New-York Historical Society hires a variety of interns for the summer. The next deadline is August 23.
The deadline for spring is August 23, summer is January 10, and for the fall is May 3.
Located in Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is looking for some interns. Next deadline is September 15.
Swarthmore history students have participated in this internship program with the Smithsonian Institution in the past. The application deadline for the spring is September 30, for the summer is February 3, and for the fall is June 1.
Internships are available all year round. The next application deadline is in October.
Located in Philadelphia, these internships are targeted for individuals interested in learning the inner workings of a metropolitan museum. They have some limited stipends available, though they do consider it a volunteer position. Their application deadline will be updated in October.
Another Smithsonian institution in Washington, D.C., this archive hires a variety of interns. Deadline for the spring is October 1, for the summer is February 25, and for the fall is June 1.
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 June 1.
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.
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.
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.
A museum dedicated to the craftsman, Wharton Esherick, just outside of Philadelphia. Internships are available with a November 1 deadline for spring, March 1 deadline for summer, and June 1 for fall.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has a variety of internships available for the summer. The application deadline for spring is November 1, for summer is March 1, and for fall is August 1.
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 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 spring is November 1, for summer is March 1, and for fall is June 1.
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 2020 in December.
The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum always welcomes volunteers, but also hires interns all year long. The spring deadline is December 1, summer deadline is April 1, and the fall deadline is August 1.
Located in Chicago, The Newberry Library is looking for a variety of interns. Deadline for the spring internships is December 1, for the summer is April 15, and for the fall is August 16.
This presidential library in Atlanta,GA, has internships available all year round. The application deadline for spring is December 15, for summer is April 21, and for fall is August 4.
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 likely be posted in January.
Philadelphia's Mutter Museum has internships, but check back in January with this museum of oddities and curiosities to see if you can help out.
Located in Glen Mills, PA, Newlin Grist Mill hires a variety of interns. Check back in January for listings.
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 is January 31.
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 usually 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 is in February.
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 not yet been announced but is usually in February.
NMAJH has a number of internships available in the summer, but also provides paid internships throughout the school year. Summer internship deadline is February 28.
Multiple internships are available at this estate run by the US Forest Service. Application deadline is March 15 for the summer and June 1 for the fall.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is always looking for volunteers. They also have some internship opportunities. Application deadline for summer is March 15.
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 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 is March 15.
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. Deadline is March 30.
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.
This museum in NYC has a number of internships and other opportunities throughout the year. Most occur during our semesters. Deadline is April 30.
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.
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.
Positions seem to be constantly open and available. Rolling.
The Nixon Presidential Library and Museum hires interns on a semester-by-semester, rolling basis.
War News Radio is always looking for students interested in journalism. Rolling.
Missouri's archives have a number of internships available. No deadlines listed.
This conservancy aims to preserve the SS United States and often has internships available in DC, NYC, and Philadelphia. The 2020 deadline has not yet been listed.
The Scott County Historical Society in Minnesota is always seeking interns, and the application deadline for summer has yet to be announced.
Intern at the largest antebellum plantation in North Carolina. No deadlines listed for summer 2020 yet.
This program is paid and is looking for undergraduates and graduates to be their summer interns. The application deadline for 2020 has not yet been announced.
The Lewes Historical Society in Lewes, DE, has a number of internships available each summer. Application deadline has not yet been announced.
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 has not yet been announced.
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 email@example.com. The application deadline for summer 2020 has not yet been announced.
They also regularly seek interns. Deadline has not yet been announced.
The Arden Craft Shop and Museum always welcomes volunteers, and occasionally hires interns.
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.
This presidential library in Ohio usually has internships available for each semester and the summer. They currently have no openings.
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is always looking for volunteers.
The Library of Congress may have opportunities for you!
Large directory of various internship opportunities throughout the country. These include positions at presidential libraries and regional archives.
The NCPTT's internship page provides links to opportunities with a number of agencies, including the National Park Service. They currently have no openings.
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.
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 do not need any specific interns now, but encourage general applications and email inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
Large directory of Smithsonian's many internship opportunities, including online internships that can be done remotely.
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.
This historical society in Minnesota often has paid internships available for the summer in Scandia and Stillwater, MN. Currently, they're only seeking volunteers.
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Join recent students who have taken a deep dive into the National Security Archive! Deadline has passed.
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 fall application deadline has passed.
Swarthmore history students have participated in this internship program in the past. No internships or deadlines for 2020 are listed.
The Tudor Place in Washington, D.C., often has internships. No internships or deadlines are listed.
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.
The Museum of the American Revolution often has job openings.