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 one-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
  • • participate in State Archives outreach programs such as tours and exhibits

Desirable Qualifications: Ability to work well with the public and staff; ability to work well both as a team member and individually; good research skills and willingness to learn new skills; ability to pay close attention to detail and produce high–quality work; good computer skills, especially in Microsoft Office programs; excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong organizational skills; ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines; and excellent attendance, punctuality, and dependability. 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 one-year commitment (during which their student status must be maintained), and, most importantly, be seriously considering a career in archival work.

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