The Historical Society of Pennsylvania seeks individuals who wish to gain practical experience in a professional archival setting. Internships are developed on an individual basis and every effort is made to match the intern’s interests and expectations with the tasks assigned. Projects may include organizing and describing archival materials, assisting with the preservation of collection items, working on a larger collection with a staff member, or assisting with overall collections management and care.
For archival internships, HSP gives preference to candidates who are currently enrolled in or have recently completed a graduate-level program in archival management or a closely related field (usually an MLS, MLIS, or MA in public history). All prospective interns must have strong research, writing, and communication skills, as well as a willingness to learn. Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. They must also visit the HSP for an interview and pass a background check. Interns who are receiving class credit for the internship must meet the requirements of the home department and make sure HSP staff knows about the requirements as well. All interns should have at least eight hours per week to devote to their internship.
Deadline: November 15 for spring internships; April 15 for summer internships; July 1 for fall internships.
Stipend: Currently, HSP does not have any archival internship stipends available.
Director of Archives
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107