National Archives at Riverside

National Archives at Riverside Volunteer Program

Volunteers provide valuable assistance to our staff through a variety of activities, including preserving historic records, preparing them for access and assisting public patrons with research. Their work makes a difference!

Volunteers should have an interest in American history, genealogy or archival management, and should be able to spend at least six hours a week on assigned tasks. Interns should expect to commit to 120-140 hours over the course of an academic quarter or semester.

  • All volunteer positions assist only during our normal open hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, excluding Federal holidays.
  • Some staff aides work in groups, while others work on individual projects.
  • Volunteers generally work seated at tables or computer stations.

Current volunteer projects/positions:

Archival Staff Aides Assist us in preserving and making available the records of the United States District Courts in our area. Join us in preserving, indexing and describing civil case files. These cases document claims authorized by Federal statutes, such as violations of civil rights; claims made by or against the Federal government or its agents; or claims made by citizens living in different states.
Student Interns We are not currently accepting applications for on-site Interns.

Volunteer Opportunities

Archival Staff Aides: Each year the National Archives at Riverside acquires several hundreds to thousands of boxes of new records from Federal agencies. Archival Staff Aides work under the supervision of Archives staff to assist with the preservation, arrangement and description of records of permanent and historical value. Their work ensures that we can provide better access to the records of the United States government from southern California, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada. Projects may include work on paper records and visual materials, such as photographs, negatives, or slides. Volunteers may unfold materials; remove foreign objects (staples, papers clips, etc.); replace damaging housing; label folders; create lists of folders or indexes to records; and other specialized tasks. No experience in archives is required for this position, just a passion for working with historic materials.

Internship Opportunities

All of the internships available at the National Archives at Riverside are unpaid. The National Archives accepts for-credit internships for undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in the social sciences, library science and archives, and associated fields. Please check with your academic institution to determine their internship requirements.

Internships may be available in the following program areas. For more information on unpaid internships, contact Gwen Granados at

  • Archival Arrangement, Preservation, and Description: Introductory level archival processing and preservation work on the historical records of Federal agencies conducting the business of the government in southern California, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada.
  • Reference: Assists reference staff in responding to public inquiries, including conducting research and composing replies; preparing box lists for collections; and assisting with special projects.
  • Digital Projects: Supports digitization initiatives to increase access to collections via the web and new media. Possible assignments include scanning and preparing descriptive, technical and other metadata; assisting with design and user experience research, web development; and new media special projects such as a collaborating with Wikipedia and supporting the National Archives social media initiatives.