National Archives at Philadelphia

Intern and Volunteer Opportunities

Our goal is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a meaningful and realistic work experience that will be beneficial to both students and our organization. We have opportunities for students in a variety of disciplines including archival science, library science, social sciences, and humanities. On average, interns work approximately 10-25 hours a week during our normal business hours, which are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. All interns complete a Volunteer and Intern Application and when accepted, undergo a thorough background check. All interns must be American citizens.

Intern and Volunteer opportunities for Summer 2019 exist in the following areas:

Archival Processing

Assists staff in the preservation and description of historical 19th and 20th-century federal records. Suitable only for those with capabilities for hands-on work with historic records. Project specific training and orientation will be provided, but ideal candidates will have a background in archival science and strict attention to detail. May require work with electronic databases.


Metadata and Digitization

Works with staff to digitize and describe original archival materials. Tasks may include scanning, creating metadata, editing metadata created by others, and quality checking records and image files. In addition, the intern may contribute to social media. Ideal candidates will have a background in archives, be self-motivated and deadline-oriented, and have a demonstrated interest in digitization, digital humanities, and facilitating access to archival records.


How to Apply

Students interested in participating in the National Archives at Philadelphia’s unpaid internship program should submit the following items:

  • A completed Volunteer and Intern Application
  • CV or resume
  • A writing sample (a paper submitted for a class related to your major is fine, length does not matter)
  • Unofficial transcripts

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Submit your application by sending the required documents to with subject title “[First & Last Name]: Application for [Internship Type] Internship.”

For more information, contact the Intern Coordinator:
National Archives at Philadelphia
14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19154
P: (215) 305-2044