Graduate Internship Program

Currently, we are not accepting applications for the Graduate Internship Program.

The California State Archives hires one graduate student intern to work 20 hours a week. Working hours will be primarily Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with occasional Saturdays. 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 (currently $10.25 an hour to start).

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

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.

How to Apply: Submit a complete application packet by the July 12 deadline. Interested students are welcome to visit the Archives before applying. Tours can be arranged through the intern coordinator.

A detailed description of the Archives Graduate Student Intern program and the application guidelines are available via the links below.

Program Overview (pdf ~ 336 KB)

Application (pdf ~ 30 KB)

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

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