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Keystone Summer Internships

Program components

Keystone Summer Internships are designed to provide pre-professional training to those interested in pursuing a public history career. Therefore, it is intended that they be an integral part of the intern's academic training. Students are encouraged, although not required, to seek credit for their internships.

Each Keystone Summer Intern will work directly with a PHMC staff mentor on a specific project or projects, and will also have the opportunity to learn about the Commission's multiple functions though staff presentations and possible field trips. Interns will also have regular opportunities to reflect on their own experiences within the broader context of the challenges and possibilities of public history by keeping a journal or log. The intern's work will be formally evaluated at the conclusion of the internship.


All interns must be enrolled at a college or university at the time of their internship. Upper level undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors) and graduate students are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted from students throughout the United States, as well as international students.

Areas of study

Internship opportunities are available in a wide variety of disciplines and professions included within the Commission's programs, such as archival practice, archaeology, architecture, collections care and management, cultural resource management, curation, exhibition development, historic preservation, historical research and programming, museum studies, and museum education.

Internship locations

Keystone Summer Internships are available in a variety of locations, including the Commission's headquarters in downtown Harrisburg and at PHMC historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History. Final selections will be based on the best matches between applicant and mentor.

Dates and work hours

Keystone Summer Internships run for twelve weeks, beginning on May 18, 2015 and ending August 7, 2015. Some accommodation can be made for those unavailable during the entire twelve week period, but Keystone Interns must be available for a minimum of ten weeks. Typically interns work Monday through Friday, 7.5 hours per day, variations can be negotiated between individual interns and mentors.

To Apply

Submit a copy of the following by February 13, 2015 to PHMC:

  1. Keystone Internship Application Form (PDF)
  2. An essay of no more than one thousand words, addressing the following five points:
    • why you wish to participate in the Keystone Internship Program;
    • the particular fields within public history and/or PHMC program area/s that are of most interest to you;
    • the location/s where you are interested in working;
    • how a PHMC internship will enhance your academic program and advance your career goals; and
    • the background and experience, both academic and practical, you can bring to an internship.
  3. Your most recent transcript. You do not need to submit official transcripts; a copy of your transcript, attached to your application, is sufficient.
  4. A current resume.
  5. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member who can assess your background, skills, and capabilities. The letter should be sent to the Internship Coordinator separately from your application.

Email all applications to or mail to:

Internship Programs
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
300 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0024

Questions about this or any other PHMC internship program may be sent to

The application deadline is February 13, 2015

Primary criteria for selection are the overall quality of the application (as judged by the application essay, the letter or recommendation, and the applicant's academic record); congruence between the goals of the internship program and the applicant's educational and professional goals; and the fit between agency interests and the applicant's interests, skills, and prior experiences. Also to be considered are the applicant's interest in earning credit for the internship; and residency in Pennsylvania – these will weigh in the applicant's favor, but are not requirements for application.