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Internship opportunities are everywhere! Museums, educational institutions, archives, historic sites, government organizations, non-profits, media organizations, and numerous private businesses often offer internship opportunities. Many organizations are open to working with interns, even if they don’t have a formal call for interns, so students should consider contacting local organizations and businesses to ask about potential internships. Suggestions for finding and applying for internships are available at the PC Career Center.

Highlighted Internships at the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Little Compton Historical Society.

 

Here are just a sampling of organizations looking for history interns. This list is intended to help students find opportunities, but it is by no means exhaustive:

Rhode Island opportunities:
AAA Northeast (Providence, RI) customer service; travel; information technology; marketing; finance; insurance; human resources; support services
Center for Justice (Providence, RI) legal
Cranston Police Department (Cranston, RI) criminal justice
Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (various) environmental; conservation
Dorcas International (Providence, RI) community outreach; refugees; immigrants; adult education
Family Service of RI (Providence, RI) community outreach; child and family wellbeing
Gamm Theatre (Warwick, RI) education; development; marketing; general administration; arts
Generation Citizen (Providence, RI) government; civic engagement
Gilbert Stuart Museum (Saunderstown, RI) museum
Historic New England (various) archives; museums; historic preservation
History News Network (virtual) history; politics; media
Linden Place (Bristol, RI) communications; museums; non-profit organizations; marketing
National Park Service (various) historic sites; conservation
New England Museum Association (various) museums
Newport Harbor Corporation (Newport, RI) hospitality; culinary field; event management; hotel management; restaurant management; marketing
Newport Preservation Society (Newport, RI) preservation, art, history, museums, and business operations
Providence Performing Arts Center (Providence, RI) arts; entertainment
RI Broadcasters Association (Providence, RI) communications; broadcasting; media
RI Council for the Humanities (Providence, RI) research; digital humanities; creative culture; community engagement
RI Historical Society (various) – research; communications; museums
RI PBS (Providence, RI) social media; communications; public relations; marketing; media
RI Public Defender (Providence, RI) legal
RI State Police (various) criminal justice
RISD Museum (Providence, RI) arts; community outreach; museum
Roger Williams Park Zoo (Providence, RI)  veterinary; animal care; education; marketing; public relations
South County Historical Center (Kingston, RI)  historical society; research; collections; education
The Public’s Radio (Providence, RI) communications; broadcasting; media
Tomaquag Museum (Exeter, RI) museum
Trinity Rep (Providence, RI) arts; education; marketing
United Way of RI (Providence, RI) community outreach
US Department of State (various)  foreign policy; diplomacy; government
Warwick Center for the Arts (Warwick, RI) arts administration; art camps; graphic design; marketing; public relations
WaterFire Providence (Providence, RI) nonprofit public arts administration; fundraising; event planning; community outreach
WPRI Eyewitness News (East Providence, RI) communications; broadcasting; media

Massachusetts opportunities:
Armenian Museum of America (Watertown, MA) collections; archives; museum
Boston Athenaeum (Boston, MA) library; collections; education
Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (various) environmental; conservation
Easton Community Access Television (Easton, MA) communications; broadcasting; media; digital archives
Edward M. Kennedy Center for the United States Senate (Boston, MA) government; civic engagement; education
Framingham History Center (Framingham, MA) museum; archives
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (Brookline, MA) historic site; conservation; landscape architecture
General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Boston, MA) legal; government
Generation Citizen (Boston, MA) government; civic engagement
Historic Deerfield (Deerfield, MA) museum; collections; material culture
Historic New England (various) archives; museums; historic preservation
History News Network (virtual) history; politics; media
House of the Seven Gables (Salem, MA) museum; historic site
Jewish Heritage Center (Boston, MA) archives; collections
Jewish Woman’s Archive (Brookline, MA) writing; oral history
Martha’s Vineyard Museum (Vineyard Haven, MA) curatorial; marketing/events; advancement; education
Massachusetts Health Council (Needham, MA) public health; health policy
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (North Adams, MA) arts; development; communications; education
Massachusetts Pirates (Worcester, MA) athletics
Minute Man National Park (Concord, MA) historic site; public history; resource management
Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Boston, MA) arts; collections; archives; marketing; research
Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton, MA) museum; collections; archives; marketing
Nantucket Historical Association (Nantucket, MA) collections; archives; oral history; education; marketing
National Archives at Boston (Boston, MA) archives; collections; digitization
National Park Service (various) historic sites; conservation
New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA) museum; archives; marketing; development; education; exhibitions
New England Museum Association (various) museums
Nichols House Museum (Boston, MA) collections; archives; digital services; research; education; development; marketing
Old State House (Boston, MA) historic site
Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge, MA) collections; archives; research; education; development; marketing
Paul Revere House (Boston, MA) historic site; education; preservation
Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA) arts; collections; marketing; development
Plymouth Plantation (Plymouth, MA) historic site; Native American; museum education; public programs
Salem Witch House (Salem, MA) historic site; education; collections; facilities; publicity; marketing; gift shop
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library (Lexington, MA) museum; collections; research; conservation
Senator Ed Markey’s Office (Boston, MA) government; political
US Department of State (various) foreign policy; diplomacy; government
USS Constitution Museum (Charlestown, MA) historic site; museum; library
Worcester Historical Museum (Worcester, MA) collections; archives; research; education; development; oral history

Other New England opportunities:
American Independence Museum (Exeter, NH) museum
Connecticut Historical Society (Hartford, CT) historical society; museum; library
Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (various) environmental; conservation
Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic, CT) museum; public history; sailing
National Park Service (various) historic sites; conservation
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (various) environmental
New England Museum Association (various) museums
History News Network (virtual) history; politics; media
Noah Webster House (West Hartford, CT) historic site; collections; education; public programs; administration
US Department of State (various) foreign policy; diplomacy; government

New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania opportunities:
Albany Institute of History and Art (Albany, NY) public relations and marketing, curatorial practices, development/fundraising, education, event planning, and the museum shop
American Museum of Natural History (NYC, NY) anthropology; collections management; archives; conservation
Center for Jewish History (NYC, NY) research; communications; development; library; archives
Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (various) environmental; conservation
Generation Citizen NYC, NY – government; civic engagement
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (NYC, NY) museum; archives; education
Historical Society of PA (Philadelphia, PA) archives; arts; education; conservation
History News Network (virtual) history; politics; media
Museum of the City of NY (NYC, NY) museum collections; digital projects; marketing; communications; public programs
National Museum of American Jewish History (Philadelphia, PA) academic liaison; communications; public engagement; collections; development; education; exhibitions
National Park Service (various) historic sites; conservation
Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) at the American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, PA) research; archives; special collections
NY Historical Society (NYC, NY) museum; library; women’s history; development; education
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (various) archives; archaeology; collections; exhibition; historic preservation; research; programming; museum studies; education
Senator John Heinz History Center (Pittsburgh, PA) marketing; communications; education; library; archives; museum
US Department of State (various) foreign policy; diplomacy; government

Other opportunities
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL)  library; museum
Atlanta History Center (Atlanta, GA) collections; archives; development; marketing; outreach
Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, VA) historical site; museum; research; management; interpretation; preservation
Commonwealth of Virginia (various) various
Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (various) environmental; conservation
Generation Citizen (Oklahoma City, OK; Austin, TX; Oakland, CA) government; civic engagement
Greensboro History Museum (Greensboro, NC) collections; manuscripts; community outreach; education
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum (Independence, MO) museum; communications; library science; education; art history; journalism; marketing
History News Network (virtual) history; politics; media
Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (Williamsburg, VA) collections; development; marketing; museum education; finance; human resources; library
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum (Atlanta, GA) collections; education; archives
National Archives (College Park, MD) archival research; social media; oral history
National Park Service (various) historic sites; conservation
National World War II Museum (New Orleans, LA) interpretation; marketing; education; collections
Texas Historical Commission (various) historical site; museum
US Department of State (various) foreign policy; diplomacy; government
Western Reserve Historical Society (Cleveland, OH) public history; collections; education; marketing; preservation