We are pleased to offer the following remote and virtual internships during Spring Quarter 2021. Please keep checking this page as further opportunities will be added.
Internship applications are due by 12pm on Monday, March 1st and are accepted on a rolling basis.
To apply, please click here.
Museum of Social Justice
The Museum of Social Justice & Education Center are home to a series of diverse Public Programs and Education Initiatives. Revolving Exhibitions showcase the history of Los Angeles and social change from the perspective of the poor, minorities, and other marginalized groups.
During remote working, internships will focus on the following two areas, which can be adjusted according to student interests and learning objectives:
- Museum education projects. Students will develop remote learning modules to accompany our exhibitions. An intern could choose a previous or upcoming exhibition that interests them and develop a project that educators could use in their classrooms. These projects can range from creative artistic explorations of the topic to more traditional worksheets, scavenger hunts, etc.
- On-line resources. The Museum attempts to offer helpful information on our website and social media platforms on ongoing social justice struggles. An intern could choose an issue that is important to them, research and curate resources on that topic, and offer them in a useful way to our followers. For instance, a previous intern has focused on talking with children about racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Sherman Grinberg Film Library
The Sherman Grinberg Film Library is the world’s oldest and largest privately held film archive. The library has over 20 million feet of film with content that ranges from 1897 to 1957.
The Sherman Grinberg Film Library is home of the famous Paramount newsreels “Eyes of the World” (1927 – 1929 the silent newsreels) and “Eyes and Ears of the World” newsreels (1930 -1957 the “talkies”). The Library also has the entire American Pathé newsreel library, the oldest American newsreel collection starting in 1895 and extending to 1956.
Interns will receive training in safety procedures as well as the handling of nitrate and acetate film, sorting, assembling, and splicing methods. Interns will work with a team researchers, preservationists, and film professionals on some or all of the following tasks:
- Assembling film reels in preparation for digitization.
- Researching index cards, one-sheets, and film subjects for creation of metadata and digital collections.
- Processing and describing the Grinberg’s collection.
- Assisting archivists in developing new programming in connection with private and public organizations.
- Assisting in establishing working relations with known media and entertainment companies for distribution and access.
Note: This internship requires interns to work at the Sherman Grinberg vaults and offices.
21011 Itasca St. Unit D
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Holocaust Museum LA
Founded by Holocaust Survivors in 1961, Holocaust Museum LA is the oldest museum of its kind in the United States. The founding Survivors insisted that everyone be given the opportunity to learn and no visitor would ever be turned away because of an entry fee. Through programs that value intergenerational dialogue and artifact- based learning, Holocaust Museum LA continues its mission to commemorate, educate, and inspire.
The Museum’s internship program invites qualified candidates to learn about the Holocaust as well as the way in which a Museum operates, specifically related to education and archives. Interns take part in hands-on projects and work directly with Museum staff.
Interns have the opportunity to prepare research for permanent exhibits, gallery cases, and temporary exhibitions. Interns will work with the Museum staff to educate students and the public. They can assist with both educational programing and in researching/cataloguing Holocaust-era artifacts. They will also assist with daily administrative tasks as needed.
100 S. The Grove
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Boyle Heights Community Partners
The mission of Boyle Heights Community Partners (BHCP) is to protect the community of Boyle Heights from the continued dismissal and demolition of who we are, how we have come to where we are, and the future of our historical preservation with community stakeholders, organizations and groups. Innovation in architecture is extremely important, but preserving and restoring our historic homes and buildings in Boyle Heights is also important because these are monuments that reflect our history, to help us understand, and respect people who lived in different eras with different habits and traditions, and helped to mold Boyle Heights in the rich and cultural community that it has always been.
BHCP works towards a number of community-orientated goals, including
- Leading the path for Historic Preservation by Landmarking places of significances, and the growth of our Cultural Arts in our beloved and treasured Boyle Heights.
- Working with our community on our Historic Preservation Overlay Zones, which have already been recognized by the City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources Department.
- Creating workshops for stakeholders to learn, understand the process of filing a Cultural Historic Monument Application, and the importance of Historic Preservation.
Student interns will participate in developing Historical Preservation Landmarking applications. This will involve researching the history and significance of a historic building or home in Boyle heights, drawing on archival resources, and writing up the application. Students will take ownership of protecting a historic space from demolition. This internship is a good fit for students interested in urban planning, historical preservation, and issues around gentrification and community activism.
Please note: While this internship takes place remotely, students should be located in Los Angeles and able to travel to Boyle Heights for site visits. These will take place outdoors and social distancing protocalls will be maintained.
History Education Internship, University Prep Value High School
University Prep Value High School is a small charter high school in inner city Los Angeles. Located in the Pico Union community west of Downtown Los Angeles, they teach in accordance with a values-based practice in a whole-school, whole-child approach. For more information, please see: http://www.upvhs.valueschools.com/
This remote internship is with the social studies department and will involve:
- Developing teaching materials on the histories of local communities
- Helping present lessons
- Mentoring high school students
- Learning about the the social studies teaching field and benefiting from being mentored by an experienced history teacher
Endangered Archives Internship, Afro-Asian Archives Project, UCLA
This is a paid internship.
- Preparing excel data sheets for analysis (consolidating and cleaning up data)
- Basic statistical analysis
- Researching the practices and challenges of digital humanities
- Researching historical source collections and compiling and drafting short descriptions of these collections
Center for the Study of Political Graphics
The Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) is an educational and research archive that collects, preserves, documents, and exhibits posters relating to historical and contemporary movements for social change. Using its more than 90,000 human rights and protest posters and prints, CSPG creates traveling and online thematic exhibitions, and publications. CSPG is advancing the power of art to educate and inspire people to action.
This is an archival internship. While working remotely, CSPG’s Intern will receive training in some or all of the following tasks:
– Catalog posters on an item-level using the cataloging system MIMSY XG
– Link key terms to item-level poster records
– Prepare digital images to be linked to database records
– Research artistic and social justice issues as they relate to works in the collection
Secure your own Internship
In addition to interning with our institutional partners listed above, students can secure their own internships and receive HistoryCorps credit. If you have applied for your own internship, please contact the Center for Community Learning directly to enroll in HIST 195CE. Requirements and the enrollment process are outlined here.
Summertime is a great time to pursue an internship! Many of our community partners offer special programs during this period.
Deadline: Varies by institution.
How to apply: For summer internships, please apply directly to the institution you would like to work with.
Can I get credit? Yes! Please apply directly to the institution for the internship. If you are accepted, you can enrol in HIST195CE. The enrollment process is managed by the Center for Community Engagement. Click here for further details.
Holocaust Museum LA: Undergrad and Graduate Internship
This program invites qualified, motivated, and passionate candidates with an interest in history, art, museum work, and education to join our summer intern community. Interns learn how to engage and educate the public around the social relevancy of Holocaust history while taking part in day-to-day projects and work related to the Museum’s mission to commemorate, educate, and inspire. Interns will gain professional development and work alongside a dynamic team of educators, conservators, and community leaders. In addition to honing professional skills, interns will join an exceptional community of peers, volunteers, and staff who are dedicated to education and inspiring a more dignified world. Interns receive in-depth training about Holocaust history, museum pedagogy, and non-profit day-to-day operation.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in a college, university, or graduate program. The internship will last for 8 weeks. Internships are unpaid, but class credit can be provided.
Deadline for application: March 19th.