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Current Internship Opportunities

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


* 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

* Maryland Historical Trust  Feb. 13, 2015
Great paid internships for graduate students.
Details at

* 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

*Smithsonian Institution Internships, National Museum of American History, March 2, 2015
Internships in a huge variety of fields!  From collections management to Curatorial, from the Office of Hispanic Culture to Webdesign Assistant.  In order to see more information about these opportunities you can go to: NMAH Internship Overview  For NMAH Department – roles of each department –  Interested students should apply to these opportunities on SOLAA ( by 11:59pm  Monday March 2!

* Pathways Paid Internships with the National Park Service, Deadline March 9
Internships provide a way to explore working for the Park Service and an “in” for future employment.  Openings in the DC area for historians!  Student Trainee(Historian):   Deadline

* National History Day interns, March 13, 2015
Must be a former History Day contestant!  More info at

Maryland State Archives’ summer internship program, March 31, 2015

Please note there are position openings in history, information technology/computer science, women’s studies, and records management.  The deadline for student application is TUESDAY, MARCH 31st.d  These are highly competitive.  Come talk to Dr. Meringolo or Dr. Kars before applying.

Summer Internship at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, MD, March 31, 2015
The National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, MD is accepting applications for an intern for Summer 2015.  The intern will work primarily in Collections with the Assistant Director and will gain experience in handling and cataloging museum collections.  The intern will also have the opportunity to experience a variety of aspects of museum operations including volunteer management, visitor services, and education.

The internship includes a $3600 stipend for 12 weeks of full time work, and may be applied towards credit as your school allows. Applicants should be graduate students, recent graduates, or upper level undergraduates in Museum Studies, History, History of Science, or related fields. The successful candidate will be detail oriented, organized, have excellent written communication skills and neat handwriting, and be able to work independently as well as in a team.  Ability to lift up to 40 pounds and to climb ladders, and American citizenship are required.  Knowledge of museum collections standards and procedures, and of PastPerfect collections database are preferred.

Please send resume or CV, cover letter, and two recommendation letters (transcripts welcome but not required) to Alice Donahue at        The deadline for applications is 31 March 2015.

* 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.

* Interns for the Congressional Black Caucus and Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC).
Needed good communication and research skills and a will to serve (and the time and money to work for nothing on Capitol Hill…).  Contact Dr. Musgrove in our department with a generic cover letter and a resume.

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
OFffers 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

* For available Smithsonian Internships, look here