Graduate Internship Program

We are not currently accepting applications for the Graduate Internship Program.


The California State Archives hires two graduate student interns to work 20 hours a week. Working hours will be primarily Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Archives Division is conveniently located at 1020 O Street (Archives Plaza Light Rail stop, if you are a commuter). Interns must be enrolled in a graduate program during the internship and maintain a minimum of four semester units or six quarter units.

The Program: The California State Archives Graduate Intern Program provides a structured training program for its interns, which includes explanation and hands–on experience in many stages of archival work from reference to processing. In exchange, interns must commit to 20 hours a week of work and at least a year commitment. Interns are paid according to the state schedule for student interns.

Depending on circumstances, and after appropriate training by other archivists, each intern will:

  • process documents received into the State Archives
  • compile finding aids and guides to archival holdings and edit them for publication
  • provide reference services to scholars and the general public in the use of archival materials
  • receive records that are transferred to the State Archives
  • retrieve and refile documents requested by researchers
  • use electronic collection management systems to enter and revise information about collections

Desirable Qualifications: Ability to work well with public and staff, and as a team member. Good research skills and willingness to learn new skills. Enjoy working independently. The ability to pay close attention to detail and produce high–quality work is a must. Good computer skills, especially in Microsoft Office programs. Ability to move boxes that weigh up to 40 lbs. Specific experience in archival work is not necessary, but interest in California history and government is encouraged.

Who May Apply: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program in history, library science, or related field, be able to make a year commitment (during which their student status must be maintained), and, most importantly, be seriously considering a career in archival work.

A detailed description of the Archives Graduate Student Intern program is available via the links below.

Program Overview (PDF)

If you have questions about the internship program, please email the intern coordinator.