The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation funds several stipend-based archival internships each year to current undergraduate and graduate students. Student academic backgrounds can be diverse, but preference is given to individuals with an interest in or experience with archives, museums, public history, or digital media.

Internships are offered during the Winter-Spring (December 15-May 15), Spring-Summer (May 15-August 15), and Summer-Fall (August 15-December 15). Internships are part-time, 16 hours per week. A taxable monthly stipend is awarded with the internship to cover the cost of food and travel.

The Library will also consider proposals for unpaid internships, independent study projects, work-study employment, and internships undertaken for academic credit. Internships are available to United States citizens or legal residents who have a Social Security number.

For a current list of internship opportunities, please visit our Vacancies page.

Archives Processing

Interns in the Library's Archives Processing participate in a wide variety of projects under the direction of professional archivists. Students gain career-relevant archival experience in a Presidential Library while contributing to the work of the institution. Internships may be available in the following areas:
  • Textual: Interns learn the basic principles of arrangement and description, as well as preservation and rehousing techniques. Textual Processing will not be hiring additional interns in 2016.
  • Audiovisual: Audiovisual processing interns may assist with collection control, inventories, verification, preservation, entering and updating information in databases, and other tasks with the moving image, sound recording, and photograph collections.
  • Oral History: Interns participate in the transcription, editing, and organization of the Oral History Collection. Duties may include web page creation and editing.

Digitization

  • Textual: Interns may participate in all aspects of the digitization process for textual materials including the creation of descriptive, technical, and administrative metadata; the preparation and scanning of archival materials; and the creation or revision of finding aids. In addition, interns may gain experience with current theories and practices surrounding digital asset management and content management systems.
  • Audiovisual: Interns may participate in all aspects of the digitization process for audiovisual materials including the creation of descriptive, technical, and administrative metadata, which may include research on image content; the preparation and scanning of archival materials; quality control of images; and the creation or revision of finding aids. In addition, interns may gain experience with current theories and practices surrounding digital asset management and content management systems. Internship opportunities in Audiovisual Digitization will be limited in 2016.

Ernest Hemingway Collection

Interns in the Ernest Hemingway Collection will gain career-relevant archival experience with the papers of a significant 20th century author. They assist with clerical tasks, preservation, processing, reference, and exhibit work. There may also be opportunities to reorganize portions of the collection. To learn more about the collection, please visit the Ernest Hemingway page of the Kennedy Library website. The Hemingway Collection will not be hiring additional interns in 2016.

Reference

The reference staff at the John F. Kennedy Library assists researchers by providing information about library holdings, by giving instruction and advice on locating and using materials, by answering specific questions of fact using Library holdings, and by making copies of Library materials in different formats as needed.

  • Audiovisual
    Interns in Audiovisual Reference primarily assist staff in answering reference requests and making reproductions of audiovisual materials. In the course of their duties, AV Reference interns handle original photographs, negatives, ¼” reel-to-reel audio tape, and motion picture film, among other media. In fulfilling reproduction requests, AV Reference interns learn to use the video editing system, the digital audio workstation, and the photo scanning station. Opportunities for supervised projects may be available depending on the student’s interests/skills and the archives’ needs. Some clerical duties may be assigned as needed.
  • Textual
    Interns in Textual Reference assist the staff in answering reference requests and locating requested materials. Interns also support other aspects of textual reference work including preservation, database management, on-demand digitization services, interlibrary loan, social media outreach, and special projects. Some clerical duties may be assigned as needed.