National Archives at Kansas City

Unpaid Internship Opportunities Available at the National Archives at Kansas City

Current Unpaid Internship Opportunity

One unpaid internship is offered by the National Archives at Kansas City during Summer 2018. Students currently enrolled in graduate-level programs such as history, library and information science, social sciences, and museum studies are invited to apply. One candidate will be selected for the internship.

The internship will comprise 120 hours, to be carried out at one of the National Archives’ underground storage facilities, Subtropolis. The selected intern will work under the supervision of archives staff.

Summer 2018 Internship Description and Details

The project will involve interfiling orphaned bankruptcy case files and related items, and creating documentation to place in boxes indicating the existence and location of additional materials. Activities will include updates to existing finding aids and the National Archives Holding Management System (HMS). Rehousing materials may be required as items are reunited. The student will work under the supervision of a National Archives at Kansas City archivist stationed at the facility.

The intern will be trained in holdings security, finding aid creation, and HMS. A brief overview of reference procedures will be included. The project worksite is located at the Subtropolis underground facility at 8600 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 300-G, Kansas City, MO 64161. The intern must complete 120 hours of work, beginning no earlier than Monday, June 4, 2018, and ending no later than Friday, June 29, 2018. A full-time three- week internship is preferred, but a part time schedule may be considered. Work must be completed between the hours of 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Only graduate students will be considered for this project.

How to Apply

Overall qualifications for unpaid interns include:

  • Current enrollment in an appropriate graduate degree program
  • Good organizational skills
  • An orientation to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good writing skills
  • Ability to work independently and effectively within a limited time frame
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks
  • Dependability and punctuality
  • Good computer skills

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

All application materials for Summer 2018 internships must be received by April 1, 2018, for consideration. Applications may be submitted via email or postal mail.

Once all the application materials are received and reviewed, personal interviews will be scheduled. The interview can be done in person or via telephone.

Send application materials to:

Joyce Burner
Archivist and Internship Coordinator
Telephone:  816-268-8012
National Archives at Kansas City
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108