Internship Types

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation funds stipend-based archival internships each year to current graduate students in the fields of archives, libraries, museums, public history, or digital media.

Internships are part time (16 hours per week) and 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 available to United States citizens or legal residents who have a Social Security number.

Here, you will find a summary of the internships offered in each archives department. For a list of current internship openings and requirements for applying, please visit our Vacancies page.

Archives Processing

Textual: Interns learn the basic principles of arrangement and description, as well as preservation and rehousing techniques for paper-based collections.

Audiovisual: Interns may assist with collection control, inventories, verification, preservation, database management, and other tasks related to moving image, sound recording, and photograph collections.

Oral History: Interns participate in the transcription, editing, and organization of the Oral History Collections. Duties may include web page creation and editing.

Archives Digitization

Textual: Interns may participate in all aspects of the digitization process for textual materials including metadata creation; the preparation and scanning of archival materials; and the creation or revision of finding aids.

Audiovisual: Interns may participate in all aspects of the digitization process for audiovisual materials including metadata creation, 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.

Archives Reference

Textual: Interns learn to provide archival reference services for remote and on-site researchers, including conducting research in holdings and secondary sources, communicating with patrons, and providing user instruction. Interns also work on archival preservation, database and records management, on-demand digitization, interlibrary loan, social media outreach, and special projects.

Audiovisual: Interns answer reference requests and make reproductions of audiovisual materials. In the course of their duties, interns handle original photographs, negatives, ¼” reel-to-reel audio tape, and motion picture film, among other media, and learn to use the video editing system, the digital audio workstation, and the photo scanning station.