Department Chair:
Renee Romano

Administrative Assistant:
Kathy King

Department Email:

Phone: 440 775 8520
Fax: 440 775 6910

Rice Hall 316
10 North Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:30

Internships for History Majors

Internships for History Majors

 All Internships


New York Historical Society

Location: New York, NY

Description: The New York Historical Society offers internships in both the museum and library divisions. From modeling creative exhibition layouts to researching with our curators and educators, college and graduate interns experience unparalleled career development and cultivate fruitful professional relationships.

Application deadline: See website


National Archives and Records Administration

Location: Washington, DC

Description: The National Archives and Records Administration offers a variety of internship programs for undergraduate and graduate level students including archival, editorial, exhibitions, education, history, legal, legislative, presidential libraries, special events, public programming, and more.

Application deadline: See website


National Museum of American History

Location: Washington, DC

Description: The National Museum of American History internship program allows a diverse group of people with innumerable interests, strengths, and goals to encounter an educational environment where they can work with and learn from professionals and scholars in related areas of concentration. The Museum offers interns of different backgrounds incredible opportunities in a variety of fields, from public relations to exhibition research to project design. Learning from knowledgeable mentors in the dynamic atmosphere of the Museum and Washington, D.C. area, interns enjoy an intensive experience as multifaceted as the Museum itself.

Application deadline: Spring: October 15, Summer: March 1, Fall: July 1


National Park Service – Historic Preservation

Location: Multiple

Description: Operated jointly with the National Council for Preservation Education, this internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical experience in cultural resource management programs in the National Park Service headquarters, field offices, and parks, and in other federal agencies. Working under the direction of experienced historic preservation professionals, students undertake short-term research and administrative projects. Students learn about and contribute to the national historic preservation programs and the federal government’s preservation and management of historic properties.

Application deadline: See website


Supreme Court Internship Program

Location: Washington, DC

Description: For more than 40 years, the Supreme Court Internship Program has provided students with a unique opportunity to build a substantial working knowledge of the role, functions, and history of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Program offers a compelling study experience and valuable exposure to work in a professional environment. Special enrichment opportunities include attending Court sessions as well as seminars organized by the Supreme Court Fellows. Internships are available in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice, the Office of the Curator, the Public Information Office, and the Office of the Clerk.

Application deadline: Fall: June 15, Spring: October 15, Summer: March 1


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Location: Springfield, IL

Description: hether greeting the public on the front lines or working behind the scenes, interns take an active role in executing the mission of the presidential museum and library. Working with professional staff as part of a skilled team, interns participate in significant projects as well as day-to-day operations as they become familiar with the museum and library fields. References and contacts gained through work as an intern can be helpful in securing future employment and admission to further programs of study. Students and recent graduates in history, museum studies, library science or education are highly encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: See website


National Aeronautics and Space Administration – History Programs Office

Location: Washington, DC

Description: The History Program Office preserves NASA’s documentary record, stimulates the study of aerospace history, and communicates historical information within NASA and with the public. Student interns assist the History Program by managing our social media accounts; writing features for our website; reviewing the historical manuscripts that we produce; researching historical questions, and performing assorted other support tasks.

Application deadline: Fall: June 1, Spring: October 1, Summer: February 1


The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Location: Independence, MO

Description: The Harry S. Truman Library is seeking college interns to assist with their archives unit, education unit, and museum unit. In addition, opportunities may arise in other programs including the Truman Library Institute and administrative services.

Application deadline: Fall: August 1, Spring: December 1, Summer: April 1


The Newberry Library

Location: Chicago, IL

Description: The Newberry offers internships in a variety of its departments. Newberry interns benefit professionally and intellectually from challenging work assignments as well as participation in the library’s lively community of scholars. Interns are supervised individually by Newberry staff members, who serve as mentors and insure that the internship has a robust educational component. In addition to their individual assignments, interns learn about other dimensions of the Newberry through group presentations, tours, and events such as the weekly colloquium.

Application deadline: Summer: March 15, Fall: September 10, Winter/Spring: January 15


The American University in Cairo

Location: Cairo, Egypt

Description: Established in 1981, the Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) provides recent university graduates who are American citizens or permanent residents the opportunity to work at the highest levels of an international university, experience life in Cairo and learn Arabic. As an intern, you'll spend one academic year working at AUC. Each intern fulfills a full-time position in an AUC office or department that aligns with his or her professional and academic interests.

Application deadline: See website


Archives of American Art

Location: Washington, DC & New York, NY

Description: The Archives of American Art offers paid and unpaid internships year-round to students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs who wish to learn and gain professional experience in various fields including archival science, information management, museum studies, art administration, art history, and cultural studies. Archives of American Art internships fall into two main categories: General Internships and Graduate Internships in Archival or Information Studies.

Application deadline: Summer: February 25, Fall: June 1, Spring: October 1


Lewes Historical Society

Location: Lewes, DE

Description: Located in Sussex County in southern Delaware, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, the Lewes area is rich in history dating back to 1631. Internships are designed to expose students to all aspects of public history in a small-sized museum institution setting. Internships are available in public history, collections and research, education and visitor services.

Application deadline: See website


Grey Towers National Historic Site

Location: Milford, PA

Description: The U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with the Grey Towers Heritage Association, sponsors a seasonal internship program for undergraduate or recently graduated college students. Their interests focus on history, environmental science, hospitality and tourism. The Grey Towers Heritage Association interns work with the U.S. Forest Service and help deliver programs, conduct mansion tours and work in the gift shop. Each are given an assigned project to complete during their tenure at Grey Towers. Positions are available in museum studies, visitor services/public programs, and gardening/horticulture.

Application deadline: See website


Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Location: Washington, DC

Description: Every year, we involve over a hundred interns in our various activities. Internships are offered year-round in various fields including cultural anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, museum studies, arts administration, graphic and web design, marketing, journalism, and library science. Intern projects, conducted under the guidance of the Center’s professional staff, often focus on research and production for the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives, and educational outreach.

Application deadline: Summer: March 15, otherwise six weeks before the start of the internship


Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Location: Washington, DC

Description: There are a number of opportunities for internships at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. We are a cross between a record label and a museum so the experience is a mix of non-profit record business and applied ethnomusicology. Intern projects are generally in the areas of graphic design, marketing, mail order, recording production, and Web site production with tasks that include writing, social networking, research, mailings, and data compiling and organizing.

Application deadline: Summer: March 15, otherwise six weeks before the start of the internship


Chadds Ford Historical Society

Location: Chadds Ford, PA

Description: Throughout the year we offer various types of internships. While we may offer specific internships at times, we also can develop student-specific internships or projects to meet their interests and goals. Professional and academic development is important to us and we would like to help influence our future professionals by providing real, hands-on and useful experience.

Application deadline: See website


The Corwin (or Witch) House Museum

Location: Salem, MA

Description: Interns report to the Director and assist in a variety of aspects involved in running a small historic house museum. Areas of focus available include education, collections management, facilities management, publicity and marketing, and gift shop management.

Application deadline: Rolling


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

Location: Abilene, Kansas

Description: This internship is designed to provide exposure to the archival profession. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with original historical documents and photographs, learning archival principles and practice while also increasing their research skills.

Application deadline: April 30


The Franklin D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Location: Hyde Park, NY

Description: The internship program at the FDR Library is a unique educational experience for students of varied backgrounds and interests. Internship opportunities can include the development of educational programs and materials for students and teachers of all grade levels; computer projects to help streamline the research process; public relations; archival research; the development of exhibits; and a variety of other activities.

Application deadline: Summer: March 15


George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

Location: Mount Vernon, VA

Description: With focus on the Pioneer Farm and George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, these internships provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to become immersed in 18th-century history, agriculture, and industry.

Application deadline: See website


The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Location: New York, NY

Description: The Institute draws on top scholars, an unparalleled collection of 65,000 original historical documents, and a national network of Affiliate Schools to create a broad range of innovative resources, help new generations of students learn about American history in a way that is engaging and memorable, and promote critical thinking and excellent writing. Positions available in programs, development, and education.

Application deadline: See website


Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University

Location: Arlington, VA

Description: Dive into the learning opportunities available at IHS, including book discussions, brown bag lectures, and impromptu break room discussions. Summer interns may have the opportunity to attend a week-long seminar. IHS interns are an integral part of IHS and can take advantage of many professional development opportunities.

Application deadline: See website


American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop

Location: Washington, DC

Description: The Workshop publishes in-depth stories about government and corporate accountability, on topics ranging widely from the environment and health to national security and the economy. The Workshop pairs experienced professional reporters and editors with students and co-publishes with mainstream media partners as well as other nonprofit news sites.

Application deadline: See website


Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

Location: Atlanta, GA

Description: The internship program at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is a unique educational experience for students of varied backgrounds and interests. We have opportunities for students in a variety of disciplines including library science, archival management, and political science. The Archives offers a limited number of unpaid internships.

Application deadline: See website


The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Location: Boston, MA

Description: The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation funds several stipend-based archival internships each year to current graduate students. Student academic backgrounds can be diverse, but preference is given to individuals with an interest in or experience with archives, museums, public history, or digital media. The Library will also consider proposals for unpaid internships, independent study projects, work-study employment, and internships undertaken for academic credit.

Application deadline: See website


Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth

Location: Multiple

Description: The center helps to place students in various internships in the arts and social sciences.

Application deadline: See website


Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Location: New York, NY

Description: The Lower East Side Tenement offers a variety of internships appropriate for History majors throughout the year. See website for available opportunities.

Application deadline: See website


Margaret Sanger Papers Project

Location: New York, NY

Description: A project of New York University. Graduate and undergraduate students from universities in the U.S. and Europe have worked with the editorial staff on our microfilm, book and digital publications and received broad experience in historical research and editing.

Application deadline: See website


Museum of Jewish Heritage

Location: New York, NY

Description: The Museum provides unique learning experiences for students who wish to gain practical training related to their field of study or professional interests. Specific programs are geared to students in high school, university, professional schools, and the U.S. Military, Naval, Air Force, and Coast Guard Academies.

Application deadline: See website


National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

Location: Natchitoches, LA

Description: Summer internships at NCPTT provide students and recent graduates an opportunity to undertake laboratory or field research in archeology, architecture, engineering, collections management, historic landscapes, materials science, or web and media. Interns work in archeology and collections, architecture and engineering, historical landscapes, materials conservation, or web and media.

Application deadline: See website


Native American Congressional Internship

Location: Washington, DC

Description: The Udall Foundation provides a ten-week summer internship in Washington, D.C., for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the Federal government and issues affecting Indian Country. Interns work in congressional and agency offices where they have opportunities to research legislative issues important to tribal communities, network with key public officials and tribal advocacy groups, experience an insider's view of the Federal government, and enhance their understanding of nation-building and tribal self-governance.

Application deadline: January (see website for details)


New York Historical Society

Location: New York, NY

Description: The New-York Historical Society is offering full-time summer internships in both our museum and library divisions. From modeling creative exhibition layouts to researching with our curators, college and graduate interns experience unparalleled career development and cultivate fruitful professional relationships.

Application deadline: See website


Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

Location: Yorba Linda, CA

Description: The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, a nonpartisan federal institution operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, seeks talented and energetic interns in each of our three departments: museum, education, and archive

Application deadline: Rolling


North Carolina Museum of History

Location: Raleigh, NC

Description: The North Carolina Museum of History has numerous internships available for undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates and young professionals. Each internship offers hands-on experience learning new or developing existing professional skills. Internships are within the curation, collections/conservation, education, marketing, editorial, and special events sections at the North Carolina Museum of History.

Application deadline: Summer: March 1, Fall: July 1, Spring: November 1


Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Description: Interns participate in an 8-week Museum Practice Program, meeting each week to learn about the Penn Museum’s various departments, collections, exhibitions, programs, and methodologies. The museum also regularly seeks counselors for their summer camp, which has a different theme each summer. Positions are seasonal and contractual. Questions and applications for the counselor position can be directed to summercamp@pennmuseum.org.

Application deadline: See website


Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Location: Harrisburg, PA

Description: Keystone Summer Internships are designed to provide pre-professional training to those interested in pursuing a public history career. Internship opportunities are available in a wide variety of disciplines and professions included within the Commission's programs, such as archival practice, archaeology, architecture, collections care and management, cultural resource management, curation, exhibition development, historic preservation, historical research and programming, museum studies, and museum education.

Application deadline: February (see website)


The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives and Records Center

Location: Harrisburg, PA

Description: 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

Application deadline: Inquire

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

Location: Fremont, OH

Description: Internship positions are offered in the archive and museum departments. In the archives, the intern will assist the Curator of Manuscripts and/or the Head of Photographic Resources in performing a broad range of archival duties involving the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums Manuscript and Photograph Collections. In the intern will assist the Collections Manager in performing a broad range of cataloging duties involving the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums artifact collections.

Application deadline: See website


SS United States Conservancy

Location: Philadelphia, New York, and Washington D.C.

Description: The SS United States Conservancy, is dedicated to protecting, revitalizing, and promoting the historic ocean liner SS United States. Internships are available in a variety of departments, such as communications and preservation. See website for current openings.

Application deadline: Rolling


Scott County Historical Society

Location: Shakopee, MN

Description: The SCHS offers an intensive hands-on summer, school year, and January Term internship programs to college students to gain practical experience in a local history museum. Interns must be either undergraduate or graduate students with some background or interest in history, museum studies and/or education. Positions are available in exhibits, research, and public programs.

Application deadline: See website


St. Mary’s City

Location: St. Mary’s City, MD

Description: At one of the first British settlements in America, St. Mary’s City, in Maryland, students have the opportunity to work alongside professional museum staff in a variety of focus areas. Internships provide students interested in history-related museum or archaeology careers a structured realistic work experience. Open to college and graduate school students. Internships are available in archaeology, collections, development, communications, museum administration, research, education, interpretation, and information technology.

Application deadline: Rolling


The Studio for Southern California History

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Description: The Studio is a nonprofit resource dedicated to critically chronicling and sharing the region's social history in order to foster sense of place. Internships encourage students to explore careers related to history and archival management, structured around current and ongoing programs that facilitate learning experiences for Southern Californians. Graphic design, research, and education internships are available.

Application deadline: Rolling


US History Scene

Description: A multimedia history education project founded by Harvard historians, US History Scene hosts a summer Historical Writing and Research Internship Program.

Application deadline: April


War News Radio

Location: Swarthmore College, PA

Description: War News Radio is an award-winning journalism production of Swarthmore College. Their project is to try to rediscover the voices of real people. Their show fills the gaps in the media’s coverage by airing new perspectives, both personal and historical, in a balanced and in-depth manner. They generally hire students for the summer.

Application deadline: See website


Washington County Historical Society

Location: Sandia and Stillwater, MN

Description: The Washington County Historical Society offers summer internships for college students, designed to introduce students to the workings of a regional history museum and the interpretive educational process.

Application deadline: Contact information@wchsmn.org for details


The National Council on Public History

Location: Various

Description: The National Council on Public History has a jobs page regularly updated with jobs and internships available at various historical institutions.

Application deadline: Various


Smithsonian Institute

Location: Various

Description: There is a large directory of internship opportunities at the Smithsonian’s various museums and research centers.

Application deadline: Various


Boston Athenaeum

Location: Boston, MA

Description: The Boston Athenaeum, a membership library, first opened its doors in 1807, and its rich history as a library and cultural institution has been well documented in the annals of Boston’s cultural life. The Athenaeum offers paid internships in development, digitalization, administration, cataloging, and other areas.

Application deadline: See website


Bostonian Society

Location: Boston, MA

Description: The Bostonian Society operates the Old State House and maintains a library and archives. We rely on the skills and dedication of the volunteers and interns who generously share their enthusiasm and expertise. They will work one-on-one with anyone interested in a volunteer or internship position.

Application deadline: See website


Frederick Law Olmstead National Historic Site

Location: Brookline, MA

Description: Operated by the National Park Service, this site is the home and office of preeminent landscape architect and park designer Frederick Law Olmstead. Interns can choose from an existing internship program or work with staff to customize an internship or practicum.

Application deadline: Rolling


National Park Service, Harpers Ferry

Location: Harpers Ferry, WV

Description: A variety of internship opportunities are available in education, exhibits and publications, living history and historic trades, museum management, natural resources, social media and web management, visitor services, volunteer management and centennial initiatives.

Application deadline: Summer: March 1, Other: rolling


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Location: Washington, DC

Description: The Museum’s internship program enables qualified candidates to learn about the Holocaust as well as the way the Museum operates. Interns take part in hands-on projects and work directly with Holocaust scholars and Museum professionals. The Museum offers paid and unpaid internships. Internships usually last for one semester, and flexible schedules are generally available.

Application deadline: See website


Strawbery Banke Museum

Location: Portsmouth, NH

Description: The museum accepts applications from graduate and undergraduate students for its ten week long Summer Internship Program. Interns will have access to historical resources and gain insight into the strategies for educational development, community programming, and historic preservation through diverse education initiatives and cutting-edge fundraising strategies.

Application deadline: March 1


National Museum of American Jewish History

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Description: The National Museum of American Jewish History is a leading cultural institution with a vibrant internship program for undergraduate, graduate, and recently graduated students who want to learn about public history, the museum profession, non-profit organizations, and the American Jewish experience. Interns will be placed according to their interests, experience, and the needs of the Museum. See website for available positions.

Application deadline: Rolling


The Field Museum

Location: Chicago, IL

Description: Interns at The Field Museum get extensive hands-on experience and an in-depth look at the inner workings of a world-class institution. Each summer, we host more than 200 internships representing almost every Museum department. In addition, there are numerous internships that take place during the academic year. See website for available positions

Application deadline: See website


Southampton Historical Museum

Location: Southampton, NY

Description: The Southampton Historical Museum has an active year round internship program available to high school, college, and graduate students. Our internship programs introduce students to a profession choice in the humanities by participating in multifaceted, meaningful, and energetic museum work. The following positions are available based on the talents and interests of the intern: Docent, Public Relations, Curating Assistant, Collections Assistant, Education Assistant, and Administration Assistant.

Application deadline: See website


National Museum of Women in the Arts

Location: Washington, DC

Description: Internship opportunities are available in the fall, spring, and summer in a variety of departments. Seasonal paid internships are available through endowed funds.

Application deadline: Summer: March 15, Fall: June 15, Spring: October 15


The Valentine Museum

Location: Richmond, VA

Description: School year and summer internships are available in archives, costumes and textiles, development, general collections and collection management, education and public programs, public relations and social media.

Application deadline: Rolling