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Current Internship Opportunities

*National Museum of American History, New Media Internships, Apply by October 15

For information, look here

For other available Smithsonian Internships, look here

* STILL NEEDED: Ford’s Theatre Digital Public History Intern, Fall 2014

Want to work at the intersection of curatorial, digital, and educational work at a historic site? To gain valuable experience in historical research and writing for public audiences in the digital realm? To learn skills increasingly sought as more history work moves online?

The 2014 Fall Digital Public History Intern will have the opportunity to learn about Education programs and initiatives through research and preparation of online historical content, which may include some or all of the following:

Research and write additional, strengthened historical content for Ford’s Theatre web pages in preparation for the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination

Research already-digitized responses to the Lincoln assassination from its immediate aftermath, and advise on integration of those responses into the forthcoming Remembering Lincoln digital collection.

Translate the content of interactive displays in the Ford’s Theatre Museum and Center for Education and Leadership into web content.

Create interactive exhibitions in the Google Cultural Institute platform.

Participate in digital strategy meetings.

Assist in planning the upcoming NEH Landmarks summer teacher institute, including creating web content per NEH guidelines.

The ideal candidate will have interest in preparing historical material for broad audiences through online digital media. This internship is ideal for an advanced undergraduate history major, history M.A. or Ph.D. student with interest in digital public history, Library/Information Sciences graduate student, or Museum Studies graduate student. The period of this internship is approximately September 15, 2014, to December 19, 2014.

This is an unpaid position, and is expected to be between 15 and 20 hours per week, to be agreed upon by the supervisor and the intern. Attendance at occasional evening or weekend events will be agreed upon in advance of those events. The internship term and weekly hours will be confirmed in the internship offer letter. Intern shall report to Digital Projects Manager David McKenzie, and in his absence to Director of Educational Programming Sarah Jencks. To apply for this internship please see the instructions located at our website.

* Maryland Historical Society, Imaging Services Department Undergrad/Graduate Internship, Still Available, Fall 2014

The Maryland Historical Society’s Departments of Imaging Services seeks an intern to assist in the processing of the Joseph Kohl Photograph Collection.

The Joseph Kohl Photograph Collection consists of thousands of photographs and negatives spanning from the 1980s through 2002. Photo style and topics range from photojournalism to artistic, some containing mature themes. MdHS seeks a student currently enrolled in a history, library science, archives program at the undergraduate/graduate level or a photography BFA program to assist with organizing photographs and data, rehousing the collection, digitizing, embedding metadata, and uploading information onto the MdHS web site. Tasks include handling, organizing, and re-labeling historic photographs, creating inventory lists for internal and external use, and making information available to researchers via the web. Maturity, reliability, and attention to detail are essential.

The Joseph Kohl Photograph Collection Processing Intern will work directly with the Digital Projects Manager, Special Collections Librarians, and Imaging Services technician on this project. Internship work hours will be arranged to fall within regular work hours, Tuesday through Friday, 10am – 4:30pm.


Excellent data management skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail; Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe Photoshop, and Google Drive; Currently enrolled in school; Ability to lift and move boxes up to 20 pounds; Flexibility and ability to work with minimal supervision

Valued but not required:

Experience with handling archival collections and historic photographs; Familiarity with processes of photography; Experience in an archive or library

To be considered for this position, send a resume, cover letter, and two professional references to:

Imaging Services Department, MdHS, 201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Fax: 410-385-0487 Email:

*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.

* Library Company, Philadelphia, March 1, 2015

The Mellon Scholars Internship Program is a four-week summer program (June 1 through June 26, 2015) that provides potential scholars of early African American history with experience in original archival research, guidance on applying to graduate school and developing research agendas, and exposure to the work of research libraries.

The internship will have three components: guided primary source research in the Library Company’s African Americana Collection culminating in the production of a research paper and a capstone colloquium; a special project such as cataloging or creating an annotated bibliography of items in our collection; and professional development through workshops on the graduate school application process, mentoring by established scholars, networking, and field trips to local repositories.

Interns will be rising seniors or recent college graduates and will receive a $1,500 stipend and an allowance for room, board, and travel to and from Philadelphia. Application deadline: March 1, 2015, with a decision to be made by April 15.

The Mellon Scholars Summer Workshop is a one-week professional development program (June 15 through June 19, 2015) designed to prepare students for the transition to graduate study and for conducting independent research in early African American history archival collections. Program activities will include research talks, CV-building, an introduction to the African Americana holdings at the Library Company and at area repositories, training in the creation of competitive fellowship and graduate program applications, and mentoring and networking with African American history scholars.

Workshop participants will be recent college graduates or students in their first years of graduate study and will receive a small stipend to cover the cost of travel, room, and board. Application deadline: March 1, 2015, with a decision to be made by April 15.

For internship and workshop application guidelines, visit For questions about the Mellon Scholars Program, contact Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Program Director, 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:

* Rolling Deadline:  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,