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Student Historian Internship Program

Every summer we offer an exciting opportunity for dedicated high school students to experience work in an archive first hand! The Student Historian Internship Program (SHIP) is a four-week long intensive internship where students learn about archival science and preserving Houston’s history.  Interns complete projects related to conservation, book history, archival processing, and oral history all while learning professional workplace etiquette and building their resume.

This one month intensive internship takes place at the beautiful downtown Julia Ideson Building, Tuesdays – Fridays in June. 

Please email us or call 832-393-1662 for more information.  All applications must be received by April 17, 2020 in order to participate!

Looking for Other Opportunities?

HMRC offers volunteer and internship opportunities for projects on an as-needed basis.  We typically seek volunteers with a background or skillsets related to digitization, rare books/special collections, preservation, archival science, or oral history.  Please email us to find out if we have any current opportunities.  

Digitization – A major effort within archival institutions is to digitize material for accessibility and preservation purposes.  Students can work on this effort by creating metadata and capturing digital images of material.  End products are digital collections prepared to be published through our digital archive.

Preservation – Students interested in preservation and conservation work are encouraged to intern with the Preservation Librarian to gain hands-on training in book repair and preventative measures taken to stall degradation of materials.  End products are materials that have been worked on.  Completion or current enrollment of Preservation and/or Rare Books is preferred.

Oral History – Students with a special interest in oral history, storytelling, and memory projects are needed to help abstract and index interviews to make them discoverable, accessible, and ultimately usable by the public.  End products are finding aids for each interview completed.

Academic Resource Curation – We are seeking students focused on youth and school librarianship to help us create research guides.  These guides can be used as a supportive resource to curriculum and can be tailored to specific class assignments and projects.  Depending on the topic, resources can include books, documents, audio and video, photographs, maps, and periodicals.  End products will be guides available to educators and the public.

Archival Collections – Gain practical experience in the processing of archival collections.  Interns will have the opportunity to house, arrange, and describe archival material.  End products will be archival collections organized in accordance to archival standards and accessible by researchers via a finding aid created by the intern. Completion or current enrollment of Archival Arrangement and Description is preferred.

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