Volunteer and Unpaid Internship Opportunities Available at the National Archives at Kansas City
- Unpaid Internship Opportunities
- Unpaid Digitization Internship Opportunities
- Volunteer Opportunities
The National Archives at Kansas City selectively offers unpaid internships to students currently enrolled in undergraduate- and graduate-level programs such as history, library and information science, social sciences, museum studies, and related disciplines. Unpaid interns are provided with a broad-based introduction to the archives field.
Unpaid interns work with archives staff while gaining experience with a variety of tasks, including describing holdings; performing basic preservation measures; preparing finding aids and indexes; creating educational and promotional materials; providing reference services on textual and audiovisual materials to the public; and learning about archival exhibits, records management, and the archives profession.
We ask that unpaid interns give a minimum of 120 hours of service, which is usually accomplished by working three 40-hour weeks. Some flexibility in the schedule is possible to accommodate classes and work.
Overall qualifications for unpaid interns include:
- Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program
- Good organizational skills
- An orientation to detail
- Excellent communication skills
- Good writing skills
- Ability to work independently and effectively given a limited time frame
- Ability to balance multiple tasks
- Dependability and punctuality
- Good computer skills
How to Apply
Unpaid internships can be arranged any time during the year, and there are no application deadlines. Each student interested in participating in the National Archives at Kansas City unpaid internship program should submit the following items, which will be considered their application:
- a resume detailing educational and work experience
- a copy of his or her official transcript(s)
- a letter of recommendation from a faculty member
- a letter indicating why the student wishes to undertake an unpaid internship at the National Archives at Kansas City
Once all the application materials are received and reviewed, a personal interview will be scheduled. The interview can be done in person or via telephone.
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The National Archives at Kansas City is seeking applicants for an unpaid internship focusing on digitization projects. The Digitization Internship is open to a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student in history, public history, library and information science, archives management, education, social sciences, or related fields. All work associated with this specialized unpaid internship will focus on the digitization of documents for the purposes of public accessibility and information preservation.
The qualified applicant for the unpaid Digitization Internship will be proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite software, especially Excel, as well as Microsoft Picture Manager and other picture editing software. The applicant will have substantive experience with the general operation of digital scanners and digital cameras; the ability to work independently; a keen attention to detail; the fine manual dexterity required to perform effective cropping; and strong written and verbal communication skills. All equipment and training will be provided on site by the National Archives at Kansas City, where all work will be performed.
The unpaid Digitization Internship will comprise 120 to 160 hours. The intern coordinator will work with the intern to establish a work schedule that accommodates the intern’s class schedule and other commitments; however, minimum shifts of 4 hours will be required. Duties will include the digitization of photographs, loose sheets, and bound volumes, using a digital scanner or a digital camera as appropriate; cropping, naming, and organizing the images; and checking the quality of all work.
Applicants for the unpaid Digitization Internship should submit the following items:
- A resume detailing educational and work experience
- A copy of his or her official transcript(s)
- A letter of recommendation from a faculty member
- A letter indicating why the applicant wishes to undertake the unpaid Digitization Internship
Once all the application materials are received and reviewed, a personal interview will be scheduled, which can be done in person or via telephone. One intern will be accepted for this specialized internship at this time.
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Areas of Interest
How to Apply
Fill out and submit the Volunteer Application Form
For more information about the National Archives at Kansas City volunteer program, contact:
Archives Technician (Volunteer Program Coordinator)
Telephone: (816) 268-8071
National Archives at Kansas City
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108