Internships

The Mississippi Department of Archives & History offers paid internships designed to engage undergraduate and graduate students seeking hands-on experience in a professional setting.

From archives and archaeology to museums and historic preservation, interns have the chance to work in one of MDAH’s five divisions to delve into an array of projects under the mentorship of MDAH staff.

Students may obtain academic credit through their educational institution. MDAH welcomes students of all backgrounds; however, preference may be given to individuals studying anthropology, archaeology, archival studies, communications, education, history, law, library science, museum studies, political science, public history, and related fields.

Internship at the Mississippi Department of Archives & History

Internship at the Mississippi Department of Archives & History

Learning Experiences

MDAH internships provide students with practical work exposure in a professional setting. Some internships are project-based, while others focus on practical experience.

MDAH interns may also participate in engagement opportunities during their program, ranging from private, behind-the-scenes access to state museums, archives, and historic sites to professional development workshops.
 

How to Apply

Applications for summer internships will open on February 9, 2024.

  1. Complete the Intern Online Application Form.

For more information about our internship opportunities or application process, contact our Volunteer & Internships Coordinator, Erin Blackledge, at eblackledge@mdah.ms.gov or 601-576-6985.

Internship at the Mississippi Department of Archives & History

Summer 2024 Internships

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Administration

Administration
Organizational Development Internship

This internship presents a distinctive opportunity to collaborate with an experienced HR team in state government, providing hands-on experience in data management, event coordination, and the implementation of human resources best practices.

Support Technician Internship

This internship offers real-world exposure to many aspects of information technology with an opportunity to explore and gain insight into state government functions as they relate to information technology in a uniquely historical environment.

Archives & Records Services
Eudora Welty Collection Archival Internship

This internship offers opportunities to learn about archival preservation and conservation, as well as processing, arrangement, and description. Working under the direction of the collection curator, an intern will engage in the archival processing of materials as part of the Eudora Welty Collection.

Government Records Archival Internship

This internship offers opportunities to learn about archival preservation and conservation, as well as the processing, arrangement, and description of archival collections.

Library Services Internship

This internship provides the unique opportunity to learn about the archival acquisition process and deepen historical research skills through creating and improving subject files, calendaring historical governors' correspondence, assessing the condition, and creating an index of books formerly housed at Historic Jefferson College.

William F. Winter Collection Archival Internship

This internship offers opportunities to learn about archival preservation, conservation, processing, arrangement, and description, specifically working with the William F. Winter Law Office Collection.

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Archives & Records Services
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Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation
Archaeology Collections & Lab Internship

This internship provides the opportunity to assist staff in identifying and cataloging inventory of both state and federally-owned archaeological collections.

Archaeology NAGPRA Research Internship

This internship provides the opportunity to assist staff in systematic research of collection information to support the NAGPRA operations of the archaeology section. 

Technical Preservation Internship

This internship will provide this individual with invaluable skills, practical knowledge, and a deeper appreciation for Mississippi's architectural history, paving the way for future endeavors in the vibrant realm of historic preservation work.

Museums
Collections Internship

This internship offers unique opportunities to learn about the standards and best practices of collection management and to gain hands-on experience in collection care and handling under the supervision of collection staff.

Eudora Welty House & Garden Museum Internship

This internship offers opportunities to develop a variety of skills, such as education and programming, as well as provides practical operational experience at the Eudora Welty House & Garden.

Exhibitions Internship

This internship offers opportunities to gain behind-the-scenes experience in exhibit planning, research, and implementation while developing relationships with curators, conservators, and collections management.

Museum Conservation Internship

This internship offers hands-on conservation experience, including preventive conservation, object re-housing, and collaboration with exhibits and collections management.

Museum Education Internship

This education internship offers opportunities to learn about all aspects of museum education by engaging in hands-on learning through developing and facilitating educational materials and activities for various audiences.

Museum Programming Internship

This programming internship offers opportunities to learn about the role of programming within the field of museum education by assisting in developing and implementing a wide variety of programming for various audiences. 

Eudora Welty Historic Garden Internship

This internship offers opportunities to support historic garden preservation through both hands-on work and research that helps expand our knowledge of Welty's living legacy.

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Museums
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Programs & Communications

Programs & Communications
Education Internship

This internship provides a collaborative experience to develop a digital educational resource, work on National History Day preparation, and assist with the Freedom Summer Teacher Institute.

All summer internships are located at the MDAH campus in Jackson, Mississippi.

Volunteer

Be part of history. Volunteer with MDAH and help us preserve and connect Mississippi’s rich historic resources with people around the world.


Volunteer