Internships in History

Internships in History

Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian Institution offers a multitude of internships in various museums and offices. Some of the internships have a small stipend. There also are opportunities to hold a “virtual internship” that would not require relocation to Washington, D.C.

There are many internship and employment opportunities for undergraduate students at the Library of Congress. Of particular note is the Junior Fellows Program.

The U.S. Department of State offers paid and unpaid internships for college students. The positions might be in Washington, D.C. or at U.S. embassies around the world.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. offers paid internships for Latino students in Washington, D.C.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

National Archives

New York

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: Summer Internships

Historical societies and living history sites that offer internship programs:

Historic Deerfield

Litchfield Historical Society

Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society

Mount Vernon

Mystic Seaport Summer Internship in Museum Studies

Newport Historical Society – Buchanan/Burnham Internship

Old York Historical Society

Plimoth Plantation

Windsor Historical Society

Yale Center for British Art

“Virtual” Internships that do not require relocation:

History News Network

Jewish Women’s Archive

Archives and Presidential Libraries

Most of the presidential libraries and archives offer some form of an internship or student volunteer program. These vary in requirements, work performed, and pay status. See Presidential Libraries Internship Opportunities or the specific websites for details.

In addition to opportunities in Washington, D.C. and presidential libraries, various regional archives also offer internships.


National Park Service