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. To assist you in selecting your areas of interest go to our Specific Internship Opportunities by Location page or browse the Commission's website at www.phmc.state.pa.us for more information about the various Commission programs.
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.
Submit a copy of the following by February 13, 2015 to PHMC:
- Keystone Internship Application Form (PDF)
- 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.
- Your most recent transcript. You do not need to submit official transcripts; a copy of your transcript, attached to your application, is sufficient.
- A current resume.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
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 email@example.com.
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.
Other Internship Opportunities
Pennsylvania State Archives
Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania
Detailed Processing Project Internship
Fellowship Date: June 1-26, 2015
The Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is seeking a qualified summer intern to perform detailed processing of the Membership Records of the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. The project involves arranging and describing new records accretions, placing the materials in acid-free folders and cartons, and adding new entries to an automated spreadsheet listing of the contents of each folder, and other related tasks. The intern will also research and contact past and present members of the organization to gather biographical content and newspaper obituaries for expanding member files.
Applicants should ideally be enrolled in an accredited M.A. History, American Studies, M.L.S. Library Science or Archival Science program at the graduate level, have an interest in women's history, be familiar with archival processing, pay attention to detail, not be allergic to dust and mold, be able to lift boxes up to 30 lbs., and climb a ladder. The internship includes a $1,250 stipend funded by the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania for a full-time four-week period. Housing is not provided.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter stating reasons for applying, plus a resume, academic transcript and three contact references.
Applications are due March 2, 2015.
Send application materials to Rich Saylor, Pennsylvania State Archives, 300 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0090 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applicants will receive a reply.