The National Archives at Philadelphia

Internships at the National Archives at Philadelphia

The National Archives invites both undergraduate and graduate students to apply for our voluntary internship program. While the program is available regardless of your major, an internship at the National Archives can offer exceptional opportunities if you're studying:

  • History - especially Public History
  • Education
  • Library & Information Science
  • Museum studies
  • Web technology / social media
  • Political Science

Internship projects at the National Archives at Philadelphia

Internships at the National Archives at Philadelphia offer the unique opportunity to gain practical professional experience within a national institution but in a local setting.

Internships are generally more focused in intent and time than general volunteer roles. Previous intern projects have included:

  • Processing paper-based and photographic record series
  • Reconfiguring a traveling exhibit to fit into our local gallery space
  • Designing a database to catalogue ad-hoc digitized records
  • Developing materials for student and teacher NHD workshops
  • Assistance with NHD Philly logistics
  • Providing reference services to on site and off site customers
  • Transforming a gallery exhibit to on-line exhibit

How to Apply

Send the Volunteer / Intern Coordinator:

  • a completed Volunteer Application
  • your resume or CV
  • a note about what experience/s you are looking for
  • information on your institution's internship program

We consider each application individually, as institutional requirements vary.

Mail to:

Volunteer Coordinator
National Archives at Philadelphia
900 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: (215) 606-0100

Additional Requirements

All students must meet the following to be eligible to apply:

  1. a U.S. Citizen
  2. currently enrolled, or accepted for enrollment at an accredited educational institute
  3. in good academic standing and your qualifications and interests should match the requirements of the internship project

You will also be required to complete and pass a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) background check.

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