A part-time opening for a Staff Researcher has opened at the Maryland State Archives. The position is for 6 months, and relates to the Maryland 400 project (more information can be found on the project’s blog). Candidates must possess or be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history. View more information and apply for the position here.
The Office of the Historian at the U.S. Department of State is looking for some assistance with a research project on U.S.-Italian relations during the Great War. It would involve a day, or perhaps two half-days, of research at the National Archives in College Park, MD, to take place probably during November. Not only would this provide valuable experience in using the National Archives, and using archives in general, it would also give you the opportunity to add to your resume the title, “Research Assistant, U.S. Department of State”. If you are interested and expect to have the time later this fall, please contact Professor Evan Dawley for more information.
Fall 2014 National Archive Internships – College Park, MD
Application Deadline: September 15th, 2014
The National Archives in College Park are looking for reference and processing interns for the Fall. The application deadline has been extended to September 15th. For more information on positions and details about applying, see this flyer.
Additionally, the National Archives generally hosts internships year-round in both its College Park and Washington, D.C sites. Details on current opportunities and deadlines can be found on their website.
2013 Strathmore Summer Internships – North Bethesda, Maryland
Application Deadline: March 3, 2014
College and graduate students interested in an arts management career are encouraged to apply for a summer internship at Strathmore. The Internship Program at Strathmore is designed to provide a professional and meaningful experience in arts management for students who wish to pursue further study or employment in the not-for-profit arts field. Internships may be based in any of the following departments: development, education, event planning, historic tours, marketing and communications, programming, and visual arts.
Strathmore also offers internships during the semester. For more information, visit its main website.
National Park Service – Historic Preservation Summer Internships
Deadline: February 28th, 2014
The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Council for Preservation Education, is announcing their historic preservation internships for summer 2014. The program is designed to allow students in historic preservation programs and allied disciplines to gain an awareness of National Park Service cultural resource management activities and to provide an opportunity to work alongside professionals in the field of historic preservation. A variety of positions in preservation and related fields are being offered at the National Park Service and partnering agencies. For a detailed listing of positions, see the NPS NCPE Intern Notice for Summer 2014. Applications can be found on the National Park Service website.
U.S. Coast Guard Historian Internships
The United States Coast Guard Historian’s Office is looking for three interns for the summer of 2014. They are aiming at both graduate and undergraduate students with majors in history, archives, library science, information technology, communications, English, museum studies, and photography. For more information, contact Archivist Nora L. Chidlow.
The Library of Congress is hosting unpaid internships through their Knowledge Navigators Program for the 2013-2014 academic year. Projects are on a variety of topics and backgrounds, such as Japanese Monographs, Korean History and the Cold War in Asia; Civil War and American History; African and Middle Eastern History; Newspapers and Periodicals; and Comicbooks. For a complete document listing all available internships, click here.
Deadline: Early February to March
PennDOT’s Cultural Resource Management Program will offer internships in cultural resource management and historic preservation at the Central Office in Harrisburg Pa. and in Indiana, Pa. at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Interns will be directly involved in important research on the management, study and stewardship of archaeological sites and historic resources affected by transportation projects. They’ll also be exposed to the full range of job skills and employment opportunities in Cultural Resource Management through formal seminars and rotations in GIS, curation, archaeological field work, project assessment, consulting, environmental review, and National Register evaluation.
Our internships, part of the Department’s Engineering, Scientific and Technical Internship Program (ESTI) pay $11.54/hour and undergraduate or graduate credit may be available through your university department. Preference will be given to applicants with previous exposure to GIS, database management, and archaeological, historical, or historic preservation course work and field experience in the Middle Atlantic region. Interviews typically are scheduled in February and March.
The University of Virginia is proud to sponsor summer archaeological field schools at three of Virginia’s premier historic sites: the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, Thomas Jefferson’s primary home at Monticello, and Jefferson’s personal retreat and plantation at Poplar Forest. These field schools offer a unique opportunity for students to make a contribution to the research and interpretation of early American history. Students receive 6 graduate credits (Anthropology 5589) from the University of Virginia.
Each field school provides a foundation in current methods and theories of historical archaeology, and offers both the untrained and experienced student the opportunity to learn the practical skills of site survey, excavation, recording, and laboratory procedures. A good part of each day is spent doing excavation which requires physical endurance and excellent health. On-site instruction, lectures, discussion sessions, and field trips to other archaeological sites complement the field work.
For more information or to apply for these internships, visit the individual sites below:
Monticello Archaeological Field School
Six week session: June 3 through July 12, 2013
Application Deadline: April 14th, 2013
Jamestown Recovery Field School
Six-week session: May 28th – July 4th, 2013
Application deadline: April 19th, 2013
The field school is designed to teach the methods and theories of fieldwork in American Historical Archaeology and offers both the untrained and experienced student the opportunity to learn the practical skills of excavation and recording. It also provides an excellent educational opportunity for teachers seeking recertification in the social studies content area.
Poplar Forest Field School
Field School Dates: June 2 – July 12, 2013
Application Deadline: April 19, 2013
Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Deadline: Rolling admissions
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) invites you to participate in our newly reorganized academic internship program. We offer a diversity of opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students with majors ranging from history, archaeology, and anthropology to GIS, geography, library science, and public history. Below, internships are organized by general category and then specific internship opportunities are summarized. A DHR staff contact is listed at the end of each opportunity. Internships are planned to be offered on an ongoing basis and start/end dates can be tailored to fit your institution’s academic schedule.
Admission to our academic internship program is competitive, but our goal is to be flexible in making internships available to qualified students while advancing our agency’s work to identify, record, research, and preserve Virginia’s cultural heritage.
Our staff is available to coordinate directly with faculty members to formulate a class project that can be completed over the course of one or two semesters. We also will work one-on-one with a faculty member and student to design an appropriate internship for an independent study, capstone course, or thesis research, to take place over one or more semesters. Please note that DHR’s academic internships are unpaid positions, but are designed to fulfill academic credit requirements.
In addition to our main office in Richmond, DHR has regional offices in Stephens City, Salem, and Newport News. Although many of our internships require a presence in one of our offices, some can be completed by students in more distant locations who can travel to our office one to three times during the course of their project.
History/Architectural History/Historic Preservation/Public History Internships
National Register Nominations
DHR welcomes and encourages preparation of nominations for historic properties throughout Virginia. Our staff will work with faculty members and an individual student or group of students to identify properties that are appropriate for nominating. We provide training to the students focusing on how to complete all parts of the nomination form (with particular emphasis on the narrative description and historic context sections). We also have numerous opportunities for updating nominations of properties that were listed in the 1960s and 1970s. This academic internship provides students with direct experience in architectural survey (typically interior and exterior of a single building), historic research, and writing, and gives the student a tangible product that meets professional standards. The internship is appropriate for graduate and advanced undergraduate students majoring in architectural history and historic preservation, and may be suitable for history and public history majors who also have completed course study in architectural history. For more information, contact Register Program Manager Marc Wagner at email@example.com
Public History through Digital Media
DHR seeks to expand the digital exhibits that we present on our website, www.dhr.virginia.gov. In 2013-2014, we are particularly interested in exhibits that focus on Virginia’s architecture, historic properties, and events that have been important to shaping the Commonwealth’s cultural landscapes. The digital exhibits are intended for the public, presenting information in an accessible and engaging manner, typically in a slideshow format. Short videos also may be appropriate, depending on topic. DHR staff will work with faculty members and an individual student or group of students to identify appropriate topics for digital exhibits, access to DHR’s archival materials, and guidance in identifying other appropriate archival repositories. This academic internship provides students with a creative opportunity to develop an original public history exhibit based on their own research. The internship is appropriate for graduate and advanced undergraduate students majoring in history, public history, architectural history, and historic preservation, and for education, museum studies, and web content students who also have completed course study in architectural history and/or history and historiography. For more information, contact Register Program Manager Marc Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Dominion Virginia
DHR is developing a new initiative that focuses on Virginia’s built environment dating from 1946 through 1991. Although our built environment illustrates the legacies of this important period during which tremendous change occurred, many aspects are poorly documented and understood. DHR is now seeking to develop historic contexts that focus on a broad range of topics – architecture, social history, agriculture, transportation, military, conservation, and many more. Student projects are expected to consist of research papers, approximately 20-25 pages in length (appropriate for an independent study or capstone course). We also seek to develop a collection of biographical sketches of architects with major work in Virginia between 1946 and 1991. DHR staff will work with faculty members and an individual student or group of students to identify appropriate topics for historic contexts and biographical sketches, to gather research materials, and to provide guidance in defining an appropriate scope and time frame on which the student can focus. Products of New Dominion Virginia will be placed on DHR’s website in a new section of our Education page. This academic internship provides students with an opportunity to contribute to an important new initiative at DHR and to see their work published on DHR’s website. The internship is appropriate for graduate and advanced undergraduate students majoring in history, public history, architectural history, and historic preservation. For more information, contact Register Program Manager Marc Wagner at email@example.com
Archives and Records Management – History, Architectural History, and Archaeology Internships:
Archaeological Records Management
DHR has an ongoing need for academic interns to assist with archaeological records management. Principal tasks for interns include checking the agency’s recent incoming collections for reports, field notes, and other documentation, while noting the presence/absence and current location of these documents, as well as updating DHR’s internal databases and online inventory system. Duplicate records will be eliminated. Digital records will be transferred to a location accessible to DHR staff and independent researchers. This internship provides direct experience with managing the post-field phase of archaeological investigations, when data must be organized into usable and coherent sets for future research purposes. The internship is appropriate for graduate students in anthropology, archaeology, cultural resources management, and library science programs. It can be beneficial for students to coordinate the internship as a follow up to their first archaeological fieldwork experience, but this is not required. Contact Dee DeRoche, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jolene Smith, email@example.com
Archival Records Enrichment
DHR has an ongoing need for academic interns to assist with historic resource records enrichment. Data clean-up may be related to buildings, structures, and historic districts or to archaeological sites. The objective is to upgrade the level of data to allow for more complete and useful queries of our databases. The internship is appropriate for students in anthropology, archaeology, historic preservation, architectural history, cultural resources management, and library science programs who seek direct experience with records management according to professional standards. In large part, a data enrichment project may be tailored to a student’s research interests. Contact Quatro Hubbard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collections Management – Archaeology Internships:
Artifact Collections Internship
DHR’s archaeological study collection contains thousands of artifacts from all time periods and site types in Virginia. DHR seeks an intern to continue the process of documenting artifacts held as a part of this collection in an electronic database. This long-term project may be divided into segments to suit the intern’s research interests. Principal tasks for interns include inventorying artifacts in study collection drawers, updating each collections inventory list, identifying and noting conservation needs of artifacts, and improving storage by transferring materials as needed to archivally stable containers. This internship provides direct experience in a professional laboratory and collections setting, and instruction on and experience with collections management according to professional standards. The internship is appropriate for an independent study, thesis research, or capstone project for graduate students and advanced undergraduates in anthropology, archaeology, cultural resources management, materials conservation, and museum studies. For more information, contact Dee DeRoche at email@example.com
Public Archaeology Internships:
Public Archaeology through Digital Media
DHR seeks to expand the digital exhibits that we present on our website, www.dhr.virignia.gov. Academic interns will have an opportunity to create digital educational modules based on a particular artifact category or archaeological site. The specific topic may be tailored to the student’s research interests. The digital exhibits are intended for the public, presenting information in an accessible and engaging manner, typically in a slideshow format. Short videos also may be appropriate, depending on topic. DHR staff will work with faculty members and an individual student or group of students to identify appropriate topics for digital exhibits, access to DHR’s archival materials, and guidance in identifying other appropriate archival repositories. This academic internship provides students with a creative opportunity to develop an original public archaeology exhibit based on their own research, and can provide a foundation for beginning thesis research or for showcasing the results of a thesis or capstone project. The internship is appropriate for an independent study, thesis research, or capstone project for graduate students and advanced undergraduates in anthropology, archaeology, and cultural resources management, and for education, museum studies, and web content students who also have completed course study in archaeology and/or anthropology. For more information, contact Dee DeRoche at firstname.lastname@example.org
DHR maintains a set of Archaeology Resource Kits (ARKs) that have circulated among schools, historical societies, and museums throughout Virginia. Rotating exhibits also are on display in our main office in Richmond. Academic interns will have an opportunity to update and improve the ARKs and to design small interpretive exhibits that will be located in our main office. This academic internship provides students with a creative opportunity to develop an original public archaeology exhibit based on their own research, and can provide a foundation for beginning thesis research or for showcasing the results of a thesis or capstone project. The internship is appropriate for an independent study, thesis research, or capstone project for graduate students and advanced undergraduates in anthropology, archaeology, and cultural resources management, and for education, museum studies, and web content students who also have completed course study in archaeology and/or anthropology. For more information, contact Quatro Hubbard at email@example.com.
Archaeology/Anthropology Thesis and Dissertation Research
DHR encourages the use of agency collections and records for academic research. DHR holds extensive archaeological collections and records on many sites which have not undergone analysis. In addition, opportunities for comparative analysis are numerous. Possibilities for the development regional predictive models using GIS also exist using DHR’s archaeological site data. Contact Jolene Smith for details at firstname.lastname@example.org