Internships & Funding

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Summer Internships

By upcoming deadline:

Center for Jewish History

Located in New York, NY, they have a number of internships available. Four positions are currently open until filled.

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 currently have two internship positions available for Interactive Design, Animation, and Unity Development. Apply now!

They also take other interns on a rolling basis. Contact internship@whatscookin.com if you're interested.

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.

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.

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.

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

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

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.

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. Rolling deadline.

Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

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

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 2018 in December.

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 January 22.

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 2018 is January 31.

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 2018 is January 31.

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 some limited stipends available, though they do consider it a volunteer position. Their application deadline is January 31.

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 fall is June 1, and for the summer is February 1.

Swarthmore College's National Security Archive Internship

Join recent students who have taken a deep dive into the National Security Archive! Deadline is 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 2018 has not yet been announced.

They also regularly seek interns. Deadline is February 9.

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 is February 9.

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 will likely be in March.

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.

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 spring is November 1, for fall is August 1, and for summer is March 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 spring is October 15, for the fall is July 1, and for the summer is March 1.

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

Supreme Court Internship Programs

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

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Located in Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is looking for some interns. Deadlines are as early as March 9.

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, July 15th for the fall, and March 15 for the summer.

The Newberry Library

Located in Chicago, The Newberry Library is looking for a variety of interns. Deadline for the spring internships is January 15, for the fall is September 10, and for the summer is March 15.

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 is March 15.

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 and is rolling for the remainder of the year.

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.

Wharton Esherick Museum

A museum dedicated to the craftsman, Wharton Esherick, just outside of Philadelphia. See this flier for more information on the Collections Management Internship and the Marketing and Communications Internship available. Deadline is April 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 spring deadline is December 1, the fall deadline is August 1, and the summer deadline is April 1.

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 is April 15.

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 applications due April 24.

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. The spring deadline is December 31, the fall deadline is August 31, and the summer deadline is May 30.

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. Deadline is May 31.

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 has not yet been announced.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

This presidential library in Atlanta,GA, has internships available all year round. The application deadline for summer 2018 has not been announced.

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. Application deadline has not yet been announced.

Harvard Business School's Research Associate Program

No deadlines listed.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Swarthmore history students have participated in this internship program in the past. No deadline for 2018 is listed.

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.

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, but check back in with this museum of oddities and curiousities to see if you can help out.

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. The deadline for 2018 has not been announced.

New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society hires a variety of interns for the summer. Deadline for summer internships has not been announced.

Newlin Grist Mill

Located in Glen Mills, PA, Newlin Grist Mill hires a variety of interns. No deadline has been announced.

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 has not yet been listed.

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.

Historic Stagville Foundation

Intern at the largest antebellum plantation in North Carolina. No deadlines listed for summer 2018 yet.

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.

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

The Tudor Place in Washington, D.C., is currently look for interns. Only fall applications are listed. Summer applications and deadlines are not listed.

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 not yet been announced but is usually in February.

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 2018 internships yet.

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 has not yet been announced.

War News Radio

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

Washington County Historical Society

This historical society in Minnesota often has paid internships available for the summer in Scandia and Stillwater, MN. The application deadline for the summer has not yet been announced but is often in April.

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 has not yet been announced but is often in May.


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.

The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress may have opportunities for you!

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:

White House Internship Program

The deadline for summer has passed.


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.