Internship: Division of Preservation and Access

The Division of Preservation and Access supports projects that preserve and create intellectual access to resources important to scholarship, education, and lifelong learning in the humanities. In accordance with that mission, the division provides leadership and offers support to institutions and organizations attempting to address the problems posed by the physical deterioration of humanities collections in America's libraries, museums, archives, and historical organizations. At risk are the resources that constitute a significant portion of the nation's cultural legacy and that are crucial to all areas and disciplines of the humanities. Funded projects may encompass preserving and increasing access to collections of books, journals, newspapers, manuscript and archival materials, maps, still and moving images, sound recordings, and objects of material culture. The division also makes grants for the creation of major reference works—dictionaries, atlases, encyclopedias, and humanities databases. Finally, the division supports education and training projects for staffs of cultural repositories and research and development projects designed to develop standards and improve procedures related to the preservation and access of humanities materials.

As one of the core programs of NEH, the Division of Preservation and Access offers interns the opportunity to become directly involved in the important work of preserving and creating access to the nation's cultural heritage. We will provide a challenging environment where interns can learn about current developments in preservation and access, including the increasing role of information technology plays in both. Interns will be assigned specific projects designed to make the best use of their skills, talents, and interests and that will result in a productive learning experience. Projects may involve: research and writing reports on emerging trends in digital humanities; creating databases and other tools for disseminating information about grant programs; and conducting user studies or surveys of grant recipients.

Solid writing and computer skills and an interest in the humanities are essential. We prefer graduate students with experience working in archives, libraries, or museums.


Please submit a résumé and cover letter indicating where in the NEH you wish consideration for an internship and the time period for which you are available (including the number of hours/days of the week if you will not be available for a full-time work schedule). A writing sample and copy of your transcript is requested but not required. Also, for students from colleges or universities that grant academic credit for internships, please indicate if you are seeking an internship for academic credit.

Contact: Ralph Canevali, Deputy Director
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-8570 or

NEH makes significant awards across all its grant programs to support study and preservation of Native American languages, history, and culture.  This summer, we have a special internship opportunity:

Native American expertise -- NEH ( makes awards through a range of grant programs to museums, libraries, and archives across the U.S.  Eligible institutions include non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, and native American tribes and tribal colleges, among others.  All applications to NEH are reviewed by a panel of peers, academics, humanities scholars/experts, methodology specialists, including curators, librarians, archivists, conservators, and digital technicians.  For Summer 2018 (exact time period and days/hours/week negotiable), NEH seeks an intern to identify and compile a list of Native American experts in these areas who can serve as reviewers for NEH.  The work will draw on knowledge of Native American studies programs in the U.S., and professional organizations and conferences for museums, libraries, and archives.  The intern will have the opportunity to work with a passionate and committed professional staff at NEH who bring specializations in humanities topics such as history, world music, anthropology, languages, literature, as well as library, archives, and museum expertise.  The ideal candidate should have a B.A. in the humanities or social sciences, or be working towards a B.A., have a strong interest in public affairs, be a team-player and bring an understanding of information management principles.  To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of two references, one of which should be a current supervisor or professor, to the following address by May 4, 2018.


Please allow at least four to six weeks prior to the date you wish to intern to allow proper consideration of your application.

If you have any questions, please call the NEH Office of Human Resources Volunteer/Intern Coordinator at 202 606-8415. We look forward to hearing from you.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a year-round internship program.