Division of Archives and Records Service
Intern Jack at the reference computer

Fall 2023 Internships

Lauren Katz
June 29, 2023

Although the summer just began, we’re already gearing up for the next semester! For Fall 2023, we’re offering four unique internship opportunities. These competitive, stipend-paid, semester-long internships are designed especially for students.

Reference Internship

Work with our Reference team to help answer research questions from the public! This in-office internship works directly with our Reference & Access Program Manager. You’ll learn how to locate records in our collection and gain experience with reference services, providing excellent customer service through direct contact with patrons. Additional projects include updating and creating new research guides, authoring guest blog posts, and working with state agencies and their records.

Local Government Records Accessioning Internship

Spend a semester with the Local Government team! This in-office internship consists of working with staff in accessioning newly acquired historical records into the Archives permanent collection. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the accessioning framework applied at the State Archives and gain hands-on experience in identifying, organizing, inventorying, housing, and describing a variety of records from local governments in Utah.

Outreach and Advocacy Internship

Work with our Outreach and Advocacy Manager to spread the word about the State Archives! Projects could include connecting with educators to promote the use of primary sources from the Archive, creating a media kit for educators to explain how they can research with the Archive, and designing a program around our volunteer transcription program. Applications from around the country are welcome as this internship is remote.

Records Retention and Appraisal Internship

Assist the General Retention Schedule Update Project team with a review and update of General Retention Schedules related to Law Enforcement records. You’ll have the chance to be involved with focus group meetings of both local and state law enforcement agencies to determine current recordkeeping practices and needs. You’ll also learn appraisal principles to propose updates to Law Enforcement records retention schedules that impact and serve agencies and the public statewide. Plus, you’ll become familiar with essential records management principles and applying appraisal principles to recordkeeping in an electronic environment. This internship will be primarily virtual, but may require some in-office visits.

More Information

Former intern Janelle showing off her accessioning work.

These competitive internships will require an application and interview. Internships last for one semester (between 10 and 12 weeks) with a minimum of 100 hours worked. Exact schedules and hours per week will be determined individually. Please note that two internships are in-office, one is fully remote, and one is a hybrid. Course credit can be provided if approved by interns’ institutions. A stipend of $1,000 will be provided at the end of the semester.

We welcome interns from diverse backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. 

How to Apply

Please send an email to [email protected] with your resume and cover letter indicating which internship you are interested in. All applications are due by August 15, 2023 and decisions will be made by the end of August.