Human Resources

Public History Graduate Internship | Fall 2018


The Public History Graduate Intern will work during the fall semester with a flexible mid-August start date and a flexible end date in mid-December. Interns may select from a variety of projects that emphasize their interests, strengths, and professional goals. The intern will work closely with the college archivist and curator on a range of short- and long-term projects. The intern will gain experience with the day-to-day management of a campus archive and campus museum, including aiding in research requests, managing the reading room, as well as assisting with programs and/or activities such as tours and special events. The intern will also help oversee a team of undergraduate student workers. The selected intern will focus on a main project throughout the semester which supports institutional needs and the intern’s academic and/or professional goals. Past graduate internship projects have focused on processing a congressional collection, aiding in preservation and digitization initiatives, and collaborating to create temporary campus exhibits.


The position includes a generous stipend as well as free on-campus housing. The internship position also supports professional development opportunities including regional site visits, local conference attendance as available, and a range of educational, musical, and athletic offerings available on a liberal arts campus.


Current, graduate or recently graduated students from MA or MLIS programs in history, public history, archival studies, historical administration, art history, library sciences, and related disciplines are eligible to apply. Students interested in a career in archives, records management, public history, and museums are especially encouraged.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references by Friday, June 1, 2018. The cover letter should express how this position will support academic and career goals. Applications should be sent electronically as one PDF or Word Document to Please use the subject line “Graduate Internship Application.” References should be able to speak to the applicant’s academic abilities, dependability, and interest in the field.


Illinois College is a residential, private liberal arts college located in historic Jacksonville, Illinois, 70 miles northeast of Saint Louis, Missouri, and 30 miles west of Springfield, the Illinois state capitol. True to its founding vision in 1829, Illinois College is a community committed to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts. Illinois College promotes academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity through an increasingly diverse student population, currently comprised of 26 percent underrepresented students. The College develops in its students qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service, fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.