National Archives at Philadelphia

Intern and Volunteer Opportunities

Intern 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 opportunities for Fall 2017 exist in the following areas:

Research and Writing

Works with Social Media Coordinator on content-focused social media projects, including research, historical writing, digitization, and metadata entry. Intern will assist in furthering the current social media strategy, which is focused on observing World War I, commemorating historical anniversaries, and highlighting other records from the holdings at the National Archives at Philadelphia. Ideal candidates will have a background in archives, history, and/or writing, be self-motivated and deadline-oriented, and have a demonstrated interest in history, writing, social media, and connecting with audiences and the public.

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.

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

Please read these Tips For Internship Applicants

Submit your application by sending the required documents to philadelphia.archives@nara.gov 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
E: philadelphia.archives@nara.gov


Volunteer Opportunities

Please note:  The National Archives at Philadelphia is currently at capacity for volunteer staff. All applicants will be place on a waiting list at this time.

The National Archives at Philadelphia depends on its volunteers, who commit their own time in service to the agency and the American people. All volunteers complete a Volunteer Application Form and when accepted, undergo a thorough background check. All volunteers must be American citizens.

Volunteer opportunities exist in the following areas:

Reference

Assist visitors with research in our public reference room, most of which is genealogical. This may include conducting research on Ancestry, FamilySearch, Fold3, or the NARA catalog. Requires attention to detail, knowledge of genealogy and historical research, specifically with online genealogy research programs, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, especially patience and understanding when working with the public and novice researchers.

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. Training in preservation and archival practices is provided. Requires strict attention to detail, ability to handle delicate records, an interest in American history. May require work with electronic databases.

How to Apply

Fill out and mail or email a completed Volunteer Application.

For more information, contact the Intern Coordinator:
National Archives at Philadelphia
14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19154
P: (215) 305-2044
E: philadelphia.archives@nara.gov

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