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Current Internship Opportunities

Please note that some internships have specific deadlines – listed here in chronological order; others have rolling deadlines.


* The National Council of Public History website does a fantastic job listing jobs and internships, and they update them every Monday.  They also have tools to help you identify the best Public History graduate program for you.
The National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE), in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), offers paid internships in Federal cultural resource program offices and in National Parks, to graduate and undergraduate senior students and recent graduates in academic programs in historic preservation and allied fields such as environmental studies/science, history, archaeology, architecture, and museum studies.  More information, and links to additional information can be found at:

The Maryland Historical Society‘s Education Department is seeking part-time interns. Please see the attached document for additional information. Please pass along this along to any of your current students. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email or phone. Sydney Jenkins, Education Programs Assistant,
410-685-3750 x 334

* Howard County Heritage Program
The Heritage Program has the distinct privilege of sharing and interpreting the rich and assorted histories of Howard County and the surrounding region at various historic sites open to the public. Our interpretive timeline spans the colonial period through the Civil Rights Era so there are many prospects including in the areas of colonial history, Civil War, African American history and women’s studies. Students will join an enthusiastic group of diverse individuals who devote time to sharing their knowledge of historic events, facts, and the living history of the trades and lifeways that allowed early Howard County inhabitants to thrive.

There are wide variety of intern opportunities, both in front of our visitors and behind the scenes. Interns can choose from among several categories of opportunities including but not limited to:

  • Interpretive tours of various historic sites in Ellicott City
  • Assisting with our new traveling exhibit, “Sailors and Slaves: USS Constellation and the African Squadron”
  • Archaeology and history field trips and camps for kids
  • Research projects geared towards a student’s area of study- we are adaptable to your needs!
  • Museum studies- exhibit design ideas and planning
  • Interpretive heritage or history programs and lectures

The Heritage Program is an ideal fit for any student with interests in history, cultural heritage, museum studies, applied history (period gardening or use of herbs, music, life sciences, etc.), architectural history, archaeology, and other related fields. We are open to ideas for new topics relevant to the local history exhibits at each of our five working historic sites in Ellicott City. Thus, interns can find a place to exercise their creativity via the design and building of the needed exhibit boards and display cases. This is just one of many directions an internship with the Heritage Program can take.

For answers to any and all questions, call Caitlin Chaimberlin at 410-313-0420 or

* National History Center, rolling deadline
The National History Center in DC offers internships for History majors and minors.  Visit their internship page for more information at

* Communications Intern, Office of Delegate Mary Washington
Delegate Mary Washington seeks a Communications and New Media Intern to assist her office with its legislative, constituent outreach, and community advocacy activities. Ideal for undergraduate juniors or seniors or graduate students interested in digital media, advocacy, community and government relations, particularly in the greater Baltimore area.

Her office is seeking a highly motivated individual who is familiar with all forms of media and social broadcast services and is comfortable working with digital media files, navigating and uploading them to content sharing and social media sites, and blogging for marketing and media outreach. For more information, look here.

The National Council on Public History
The National Council on Public History has some really great summer internship listings. They post new job and internships every Monday.  Go outside your comfort zone. Apply to intern at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West!
More info at

* National Park Service, Office of Cultural Resources Management, Washington, DC, Internship Opportunities
The National Park Service, Office of Cultural Resources Management, located in Washington, DC, is developing a series of projects to help meet the goals identified in the National Park Service Centennial Call to Action

The office is particularly interested in meeting goal # 3: “History Lesson” which calls on the National Park Service to “Excite and involve new audiences in the exploration of the full diversity of the American experience by conducting history discovery events, projects, and activities that invite them to explore and share their heritage, using a variety of participatory methods, in at least 100 parks and programs…. History Lesson expresses the National Park Service’s commitment to fostering community stewardship of our common heritage and to inviting conversations about our collective past that help us share our visions for the future of the agency and for the nation. It reflects the ways that history practitioners from a variety of disciplines within the agency investigate and interpret the past. The Goal also underscores that education, interpretation, and community engagement are central to all the National Park Service does.”

To help achieve these goals, interns in the Office of Cultural Resource Management can:

  • Test a new “Place Based Inquiry Framework” by developing a preservation project with a group of peers
  • Conduct Outreach and Develop New Projects in the realm of historic preservation
  • Identify and Research new themes for heritage trails and other initiatives
  • Develop and Implement a social media strategy for promoting preservation

For more information about any of the opportunities on this list, please contact Dr. Barbara Little, Program Manager for Cultural Resources Office of Outreach, National Park Service.  202-354-2130

* The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Collections and Registration, Internships
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has a number of internship opportunities available for students who would like professional training in collections management, collections registration, and collections records. Students receive significant instruction and leave the internship with marketable skills. Most of the internship work will take place in the Museum’s offsite storage facility in Linthicum, MD, very near the UMBC Main Campus.

If you are interested in learning more, please email Dr. Meringolo:

Interested students must be interviewed by the Museum’s Chief Collections Manager before applying for an internship through the Department of Visitor Services at the Smithsonian Institution. Their deadlines apply, so please check those before inquiring.

* The Maryland Historical Society, Library and Special Collections, Summer Internships
The Maryland Historical Society offers competitive fall, spring and summer internships to current undergraduate and graduate students. The overarching goals of our internship opportunities are to enhance the students’ educational experiences, as well as meet the needs of the institution. Interns are assigned directly to a staff member who supervises and mentors them on diverse and challenging projects that directly impact MdHS. Because of the semester nature of internships, interns are usually assigned to short-term projects.

There are a number of internship opportunities listed on the Historical Society website, here:

* Neighborhood Design Center, Baltimore
The Neighborhood Design Center was established in the wake of the 1968 Baltimore Riots. It is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve neighborhood livability, viability and sustainability by providing pro-bono design and planning services in support of community-sponsored initiatives. The NDC has initiated a multi-tiered project to collect, examine, and interpret its history. The organization seeks TWO graduate interns. The internships are unpaid.

One intern will conduct oral histories with past Presidents and associates and create digital films for the NDC website.

A second intern will conduct textual and photographic research about past NDC projects. They will draft interpretive stories about these projects for inclusion in a new digital exhibit that is currently under construction.

If you are interested, please send your resume and a short letter of interest describing your relevant experience and/or training to Jennifer Goold,

* The Howard County Historical Society
Offers both credit and non-credit unpaid internships in archival, history, museum studies and research fields. These internships are available year-round.  Howard County Historical Society, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042.
Website:       Contact Person: Mary Sanphilipo