Internships in Special Collections

Special Collections welcomes opportunities to provide undergraduate and graduate internships, which are described in more detail below. Fall and spring internships are based on a minimum of ten hours of work per week; summer interns may work up to 30 hours per week.  All internships are supervised and evaluated by either the Special Collections Librarian or Preservation Specialist.

Ideal candidates would be considering a career or further study in the fields of conservation, library science, museum studies, or history and archives.  Extreme attention to detail and fine motor skills are requiremed of processing and preservation interns.  Interested students should contact their academic department’s internship coordinator, and contact Special Collections or Preservation to discuss potential internship projects.

Manuscripts Processing interns learn the theory of archival organization and apply it by arranging and describing a manuscript or archival collection. This includes researching people or events covered by a collection, sorting, cleaning, arranging, boxing, and creating an online finding aid for the collection.


Archives Administration internships are reserved for graduate students who will work with the Special Collections Librarian on various projects related to the daily administration of Special Collections, making tangible contributions in the areas of collections management, intellectual access, statistical analysis, or another area of interest.

Archival Research interns research a topic on local history using primary sources and complete a major research project or paper. Projects are dependent upon the student’s interests and the feasibility of the project.

Preservation interns will receive training in conservation activities including: archival quality repair of library materials; environmental monitoring; and stabilization and re-housing of library materials.  Additional options for preservation projects are: pre-processing of manuscript collections for Special Collections; condition reporting and documentation.  Students will be encouraged to develop a portfolio of conservation techniques.


Digital Project interns utilize emerging technology to create or enhance access to documents, images, oral histories, or finding aids in Special Collections. Possible projects include digitizing documents or images for online exhibits, creating a more interactive webpage for access to oral histories, and standardizing existing and future finding aids on our website.


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