Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

Internships (Paid) | Volunteer Positions (Unpaid)

Internship and Volunteer listings are a project of the Membership and Awards Committee. Contact committee member Mark Bloom to submit or update an entry.

Institution: AFRL/HO Archives
2130 Eighth Street, Bldg 45, Rm030, WPAFB, OH 45433-7003
Contact: Shari Christy, Archivist/Contractor, [email protected], 937-255-4661
Availability: Summers
Paid: Yes
On-Going Program: Yes

Institution: The Christ Hospital Health Network
2139 Auburn Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Contact: Jennifer Steinhardt, Archivist, [email protected], 513-585-0046
Availability: Year round
Paid: Yes
On-Going Program: Yes

Institution: Delta Gamma Fraternity
Position Link:
Availability: Year Round
Paid: Yes
On-Going Program: Yes

Posting Date: January 2, 2024
Institution: First Church (U.C.C.) in Oberlin, Ohio
Internship Description: The First Church (U.C.C.) in Oberlin, Ohio is accepting applications for an intern to arrange and describe the archives of the church. This is a part-time position,10-15 hours per week, and the wage is $15.00 per hour. Except for social security and worker’s compensation, this position does not come with fringe benefits of medical insurance, pension, or sick/vacation time. The duration of the position will be up to 15 weeks.
Required qualifications: Holding a master’s degree in archives or library and information science, working toward such a degree, or with substantial experience in the field.
Additional Information: The intern will be supervised by First Church staff. The Collections Manager of the Oberlin Heritage Center and the Oberlin College Archivist will serve as advisors.
The First Church archives include paper files, architectural drawings, artifacts, photographs, scrapbooks, books, digital files, CDs/DVDs, and electronic records.  Create a manual for the ongoing maintenance of the First Church archives.  Work with the First Church staff and the Oberlin Heritage Center to promote a collaborative effort to assist other Oberlin faith communities with the management of their archival collections.
Contact Person: Applications (cover letter, resume, and the names of two references) should be sent to the Rev. David Hill, First Church in Oberlin, U.C.C., 106 North Main St., Oberlin OH 44074.  For questions about the position, please use the following email: [email protected]
Availability: Open until filled
Paid: Yes
On-going program: No

Posting Date: February 9, 2024
Position: 2024 Weidenthal Undergraduate Summer Intern
Institution: Oberlin College Archives
Internship Description: The Oberlin College Archives invites applicants for the position of Weidenthal Undergraduate Summer Intern for 2024. The internship provides an opportunity for an undergraduate student at any institution to learn about arrangement and description of collections, digitization, exhibit installation and outreach activities, reference, records management, and other responsibilities of archivists in an academic setting. Requirements: Any undergraduate student with at least one year (two semesters) of completed course work by the time the internship would commence. The applicant should be a continuing undergraduate student for the 2024-25 academic year. Desired: History major, Art History major, Public History major, or an undergraduate interested in graduate school in archival studies.
Please use this link for more information and to apply:
Availability: Open until filled
Paid: Yes
On-going program: No
Contact person: Ken Grossi, College Archivist, [email protected]

Institution: OCLC Library, Archive, and Museum (OCLC, Inc.), 6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin, OH 43017
Library, Archive and Museum Intern – We are seeking a student intern to join the OCLC Library, Archive, and Museum team of librarians located at OCLC’s headquarters in Dublin, Ohio. Throughout this internship, our intern will gain insight into the work corporate special librarians do daily; network with library professionals, learn about the types of libraries OCLC serves, increase familiarity with OCLC products and services, and attend OCLC-sponsored events on a variety of professional topics.  Intern may choose to work in any of the areas described below, or a combination therein:
Archives Maintenance, Data Enhancement Responsibilities include: Enhance existing metadata of OCLC Archive records stored in the OCLC Archive digital repository using CONTENTdm and within WorldCat. This may include editing existing or creating new cataloging records of archive collection items. Retrospective editing subject authorities of OCLC Archive entries in CONTENTdm utilizing authority-controlled vocabulary. This may include adding new entries to the controlled vocabulary. Correct links in the OCLC WorldCat knowledge base to connect CONTENTdm entries with records in the OCLC Library’s catalog. Assist archive/library staff with OCLC Archive’s donations backlog by prepping and digitizing analog documents using a digital scanner and adding/enhancing metadata before importing digital documents into the OCLC Digital ARCHIVE (using CONTENTdm). This may include conducting brief inventories of archive documents.
Museum Exhibit Research, Creation and Promotion Responsibilities include: Assist in researching, creating, and promoting an exhibit for the OCLC Museum. Work with the OCLC Corporate Archivist and staff in other OCLC units as needed to research an idea and prepare the storyline for an exhibit. Search the OCLC Archive collections for relevant exhibit items, design and assemble the exhibit, and help promote it. The exhibit will be viewed and appreciated by OCLC staff and librarians from around the world who tour OCLC’s headquarters campus.
Library Reference/Research Responsibilities Include: Work with the Corporate Archivist to pull/prep background information and items for a new OCLC Museum exhibit. Learn to search digital archived sources to locate potential objects for assembling potential new exhibits.
Internship will run from May 20 to August 9, 2024, working full-time. Intended for on-site attendance with some remote work if logistically possible and pre-approved by OCLC Library manager.​ Students must currently be enrolled in a LIS, Archives or Museum studies graduate level program.
Contact email:  [email protected]
Availability: Please apply online for consideration.
On-going program: Yes.  Summer internship occurs every year.

Posting Date: October 31, 2023
Institution: Ohio Genealogical Society
Internship Description: The Ohio Genealogical Society has a paid internship for this winter thanks to a local grant from the Fran and Warren Rupp Advised Fund.  We are looking to hire a Genealogy Library Intern. The main responsibilities include: scan selected items from our collection as directed for use on our website; edit scans using Adobe Acrobat (cropping, applying optical character recognition, and optimizing); process archival material for preservation (unfolding, removing staples, organizing into folders, etc.); index information found in primary resources into a spreadsheet. The applicant can be undergraduate or graduate, they must be attending school in the spring (in other words, no recent graduates). Pay is $14.00 an hour for a maximum of $2,400 with flexible work hours, 9-5. Complete job description.
Additional Information: To apply, a letter of interest noting the applicant’s name, college, major, and year in school and a resume should be emailed to Linda Swanson, OGS Library Collections Manager.
Contact Person: Linda Swanson. Library Collections Manager, Samuel D. Isaly Library, 611 SR 97 W, Bellville, OH 44813
Availability: Winter semester and some summer semesters
On-Going Program: Yes

Institution: Ohio History Connection, State Archives
800 E 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Contact: To apply, visit and use the Applicant Tracking System to apply. Please include resume, cover letter, and applicable application materials. For questions and accommodations, please email [email protected] or call 614-297-2500.
Availability: Over an academic semester
Paid: Yes
On-Going Program: Semester with possible extension

Posting Date: January 8, 2024
Institution: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum Library and Archives 
Internship Description: The Archives Intern will be in a unique position to gain insight and practical experience within the field of archives and records management. The Intern will be assigned specific projects related to archival processing, digitization, metadata, digital asset management, institutional records retention, and more under the direction and mentorship of the Rock Hall’s archivists.
TASKS & DUTIES: Paging and curating content for research, digitization, and Reading Room appointments. Rehousing, inventorying, and documenting incoming acquisitions. Digitization for preservation and access. Arrangement and description of new and legacy collections.
REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS: Understanding of archival arrangement and description or collection development as appropriate; experience preferred. Knowledge of or interest in legacy audiovisual formats. Familiarity with the IPTC metadata standard or other metadata standards. Attention to detail and good organizational skills. Ability to work independently and collaboratively. Proficiency in computer skills with a focus on databases and Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, SharePoint and Teams. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Flexibility to adjust to changing demands. Historical knowledge of rock & roll and related genres strongly preferred. Ability to lift up to 40 lbs and stand for a couple hours at a time.
Preferred Experiences: Experience with collections management software preferred – Axiell Collections or Adlib is a plus. Library catalog navigation, Boolean operator searching. Adobe Photoshop/Bridge/Premier and/or Capture One.
Additional Information: Intern applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program.
Contact Email: Internships | Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (
Availability: May 29 through August 16 or later depending on the internship
Paid: Yes
On-Going Program: Yes

Institution: University of Dayton, University Archives
300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-4267
Contact: 937-229-4267
Availability: Year round
On-Going Program: Yes

Posting Date: March 1, 2024
Institution: The Wexner Center for the Arts Internships:
Internship Description: The Wexner Center for the Arts is The Ohio State University’s multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art. The Wexner Center values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community. We encourage candidates to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age. Wex internships are open to

  • students currently enrolled in a college or university (graduating seniors, graduate students, and international students are welcome),
  • recent high school or university graduates (1 to 3 years post completion), and
  • emerging professionals with less than 5 years of experience in the arts and culture or nonprofit fields.

Film/Video Studio Intern
Social Media Intern
Curatorial Intern: link to be posted soon
Performing Arts Intern
Market Research and Outreach Intern
Editorial Intern
Arts Education Intern
Grant Writing Intern
Exhibitions Registrar and Archivist Intern

Compensation: Pay range is $10 to $14 per hour. The amount and method of payment will be determined by candidate experience. The Wex can also support course credit work through the candidate’s home academic unit in lieu of monetary compensation if preferred.
Important Dates

  • Friday, March 1, 2024: Internship applications for 2024 through 2025 become available
  • Monday, April 1, 2024: Application deadline
  • April 2024: Interviews are conducted
  • May 2024: Finalists offered positions

For more information please email the Department of Learning & Public Practice at [email protected] or call (614) 292-3535 and ask to be transferred to the department.
Email Contact: If you have any questions feel free to contact Kristen Muenz at [email protected]

Volunteer Positions (Unpaid)

Institution: Carillon Historical Park
1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409
Contact: 937-293-2841 ext. 110
Availability: Year round
Paid: No
On-Going Program: Yes

Institution: Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, The University of Akron
73 College St., Akron, OH 44325-4302
Contact: Emily Gainer, [email protected], 330-972-7285
Availability: Year round
Paid: No
On-Going Program: Yes

Institution: Cincinnati Museum Center, Geier Collections and Research Center
760 West Fifth St., Cincinnati, OH
Contact: [email protected], (513) 287-7025
Availability: Summer
Paid: No
On-going program: No; June 4-August 10

Institution: Cuyahoga Community College
Metropolitan Campus, 2900 Community College Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-3196
Contact: 216-987-4447
Availability: Year round
Paid: No
On-Going Program: Yes

Institution: Greene County Records Center & Archives
Location: 535 Ledbetter Road, Xenia, OH 45385
Application deadline: Ongoing.
Paid: No
On-Going Program: Yes
Note: Volunteer opportunities are both in-person and virtual/remote, depending on the particular project.

Institution: Licking County Records and Archives Department
20 South Second St., Newark, OH 43055
Contact: Corinne Johnson, [email protected], 740-670-5121 (main)
Availability: Year round
Paid: No
On-Going Program: Yes

Institution: Lloyd Library & Museum
917 Plum Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Contact: Patricia Van Skaik, Director, [email protected], 513-721-3707
Availability: Negotiable
Paid: No
On-Going Program: Yes

Institution: Marian Library, University of Dayton
300 College Park Ave, Dayton, OH 45469
Contact: Kayla Harris, [email protected], 937-229-1347
Availability: Year round
Paid: No
On-Going Program: Yes

Institution: Milan-Berlin Library District
19 E. Church St., Milan, OH 44846
Contact: Local History Librarian, 419-499-4117 ext. 111
Availability: Summers
Paid: No
On-Going Program: Yes

Institution: The Ohio State University, Medical Heritage Center, 376 West 10th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210
Contact: [email protected], 614-292-3275
Availability: Year round
Paid: No
On-Going Program: Yes

Institution: Rocky River Public Library & Cowan Pottery Museum
Posting Date: October 13, 2023
Internship Description: The Cowan Pottery Museum was started at the library in 1978 by then Director George Scherma. The museum holds over a thousand ceramic objects produced by the Cowan Pottery Studio dating from 1912-1931. The student will be tasked to assist the curator with an ongoing archiving and digitization project.
Additional Information: Volunteer Application can be located at:
Contact Person: Sherry Shuster, HR Generalist [email protected]
Availability: One time, for the spring semester.
On-Going Program: Yes

Institution: The Dominican Sisters of Peace Archives
Posting Date: January 3, 2024
Internship Description: The Dominican Sisters of Peace Archives is pleased to offer announce our 2024 internship program. The Dominican Sisters of Peace Archive offers an on-site internship that can be formal or informal. Formal internships consist of contact with MLIS Professor, A single project with clear deliverables and deadlines, specific hours to work, and a formal report of work completed. Informal internships consist of as-needed work supplemented by Archival readings and discussions with the Archival director regarding archival theory and practice.
Additional Information: Interested in applying? Please fill out the application linked here 
Contact Person: Any questions? Email the Director of Archives at [email protected]
On-Going Program: Yes

Institution: The University of Akron, Archives and Special Collections
Contact: [email protected], 330-972-7671
Availability: Year round
Paid: No
On-Going Program: Yes

Institution: University of Cincinnati, Archives & Rare Books Department
PO Box 210113, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0113
Contact: [email protected], 513-556-1959
Availability: Year round
Paid: No
On-Going Program: Yes

Last Updated on March 6, 2024 by Emily Gainer