Center for the Study of Political Graphics
For nearly three decades, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics has been creating a special community of international artists, activists, donors, curators, students, and teachers who share a passion for the power of political art to educate and inspire people to action. CSPG’s posters are unique, primary historical documents which reveal histories of struggles that are often hidden, and more often forgotten. CSPG’s archive contains more than 90,000 protest graphics, from the 19th century to the present—including the largest collection of post-World War II posters in the US
CSPG internships offer hands-on experience with historical objects and an opportunity to learn about the social impact of text, images, and artifacts. CSPG internship positions require attention to detail, strong written and oral communication, organizational skills, visual interpretation and research skills. Foreign language skills preferred.
Interns receive training on cataloging and preservation, and work with a team of archivists on some or all of the following tasks:
- Researching artistic and social justice issues as they relate to works in the collection and upcoming exhibitions, including an exhibit on police violence.
- Cataloging posters with MIMSY XG, a widely used museum management and cataloguing software.
- Processing and describing CSPG’s collection.
- Identifying fragile items to be reviewed for digitization and preservation.
- Filing and storing posters using basic preservation methods to ensure the long-term protection of the collection materials.
- Preparing digital images to be linked to database records.
3916 Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 103
Culver City, CA 90230
Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
Since the 1850s, Chinese Americans have contributed to the historical growth and development of Southern California’s life and culture. The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California was established to discover and recognize the contributions of Chinese American pioneers to the development and culture of California. The CHSSC strives to increase awareness of Chinese American heritage through public programs, education, and research. Throughout its history, CHSSC has been one of the most active historical societies and Chinese American grassroots organizations in Los Angeles.
CHSSC internship positions require attention to detail, strong written and oral communication, organizational skills, and a task-driven attitude.
Interns participate in a variety of community engagement and research projects including
- Interviewing prominent members of the Chinese American community for CHSSC’s oral history project.
- Leading walking-tours through LA’s Chinatown for specialized and non-specialized audiences.
- Assisting in the restoration and renovation of two Victorian houses that serve as CHSSC headquarters, exhibition space, and conference center.
- Archiving and cataloguing artifacts, library holdings, and new donations.
- Assisting staff in coordinating and planning functions, meetings, and events at CHSSC.
411 Bernard Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument represents the historic heart of Los Angeles. It is near the site of the early Los Angeles pueblo where forty-four settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than one-thousand miles across the desert from present-day northern Mexico and established a farming community in September 1781. Today, as a department of the City of Los Angeles, El Pueblo is a living museum with 27 historical sites that continues to fulfill its unique role as the historic and symbolic heart of the city, reflecting the Native American, African American, Spanish, Anglo, Mexican, Chinese, Italian and French cultures that contributed to its early history. Of the monument’s twenty-seven historic buildings, eleven are open to the public as businesses or have been restored as museums.
Interns will receive training and participate in a variety of community engagement programs and exhibition preparation activities. Interns participate in a variety of community engagement and research projects including
- assisting to develop, plan, coordinate, and organize public programs including festivals, lectures, workshops, exhibits, concerts, and educational programming.
- developing educational materials for the public on El Pueblo and El Pueblo events.
- assisting in development, including capital improvement and raising funds for new projects.
As El Pueblo is a department of the City of Los Angeles, interns will also gain professional experience in organizing logistical data, scheduling employee shifts, and accommodating guests.
125 Paseo De La Plaza, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Founded by Holocaust Survivors in 1961, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) 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, LAMOTH 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.
This internship opportunity for undergraduate students will allow them to explore museum careers and gain professional experience. Candidates should demonstrate interest in learning about Holocaust history or 20th century European history, Museum education, or archival exhibits. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust programs engage a diverse group of visitors and students in learning from primary sources and Holocaust Survivor experiences.
100 S. The Grove
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Museum of Social Justice
The Museum of Social Justice and its Education Center carries on the tradition of its founders’ commitment to social justice issues, showcasing stories of women, people of color, and other underrepresented communities in the history of Los Angeles. The exhibits feature rarely seen images documenting Los Angeles Methodist’s progressive social work and ethnic outreach endeavors during the long period of Los Angeles’ growth. In conjunction with the permanent exhibit, the Museum displays temporary exhibitions examining past and present social justice issues culled from a wide variety of rich and diverse ethnic, religious, and racial communities in the city of Los Angeles and beyond
In addition to helping give visitor tours, HistoryCorps interns commit to work on one or more projects for the museum during their internship. Past projects have included:
- Researching and writing mini-biographies for future “Social Justice Birthdays,” a web series that highlights influential leaders.
- Creating an information page about “Jim Crow”-like segregation laws in Los Angeles (e.g., information about the “Everyone May Drink Here” fountain).
- Helping plan and organize a panel discussion event on immigration history.
- Participate in planning for upcoming exhibits on the Goodwill and homelessness in LA.
La Plaza United Methodist Church
Paseo De La Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Museum of Tolerance
Recipient of the Global Peace and Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations, the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) is the educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), an international human rights organization dedicated to remembering the Holocaust and promoting tolerance and respect for human dignity. The only museum of its kind in the world, MOT challenges visitors to confront bigotry and racism and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts through cutting-edge interactive exhibits housed in a stunning multimedia environment.
Interns may choose from two focus areas for their Internship:
- Museum Education: Greet and assist visitors at Museum exhibits as an Exhibit Assistant; assist with special exhibitions and/or programs. Some interns become certified to conduct group tours throughout the Museum. Interns should feel comfortable interacting with children and adults and speaking in front of large groups.
- Library and Archives: Assist with archival processing and historical research; help with general library operations. College courses and/or work experience with libraries and computer skills is preferred.
Applicants to MOT must compete the Museum of Tolerance Volunteer Application as well as the HistoryCorps Internship application. Please submit the MOT Volunteer Application as part of your HistoryCoprs Application packet.
9786 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein
11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Petersen Automotive Museum
Founded in 1994, the Petersen Automotive Museum is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to explore and present the history of the automobile and its impact on American life. The Petersen Automotive Museum recently completed a total renovation and reopened in December 2015 with a new façade, 25 new exhibits, and all new public programs.
The duties of the Archives and Special Collections Intern focus on the long-term care, maintenance, and preservation of collections artifacts and the library.
Intern duties include:
- Assisting with the preservation, maintenance, restoration, and repair of museum artifacts in accordance with accepted methods.
- Researching appropriate preservation and maintenance methods.
- Participating in installation and maintenance of exhibited vehicles and artifacts.
- Assisting with light maintenance of loaned vehicles and artifacts as well as transportation of incoming and outgoing vehicles and artifacts.
- Cataloging, tagging, and inventorying artifacts.
- Creating the appropriate metadata for artifacts ready to be digitized.
- Participating in education and other public program activities.
- Photographing and digitizing photographs and documents
- Completing condition reports and maintaining accurate records of work progress.
- Operating all computers, printers, and software applicable to the library and research center.
- Lift 20+ pounds
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
School of History and Dramatic Arts (Special Interest Education Internship through Dr. Kristina Markman)
The School of History and Dramatic Arts (SoHDA) at Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies uses a thematic, interdisciplinary, project-based approach to help prepare students for success in college and the community. Believing that exploring ourselves, our society, human history, and the arts are key to understanding the present and creating the future, SoHDA’s rigorous and relevant curriculum helps facilitate creative expression through addressing the needs of all students holistically and inspires community engagement by practicing equity and justice.
The internship responsibilities are be divided into three parts.
- Observation, Discovery, and Reflection: The intern will shadow a supervising history teacher at an internship site. The intern will complete readings on public history, history pedagogical, student-centered learning, and designing history lesson plans to promote audience engagement. The intern will complete bi-weekly responses that acknowledge how the supervising teacher presents historical ideas and information and then uses assignments and classroom activities to foster comprehension, retention, and application of historical principles.
- Participation: The interns will assist the supervising teacher during in-class activities by working directly with students to complete projects and assignments.
- Application: The intern will choose a unit from the course curriculum, create a suitable lesson plan, and present the lesson to the classroom. The intern will create an accompanying activity and assignment to the lesson plan. The intern will evaluate student performance on the assignment and provide proper feedback. The intern will write a final reflection paper critically assessing which aspects of the lesson plan were successful and how the lesson plan could be improved to better meet the objective of historical comprehension for a high school audience.
2050 N. San Fernando Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065
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.
The Sherman Grinberg Film Library offers interns the unique opportunity to learn about film preservation and handling as well as refine their research and critical thinking skills. Sherman Grinberg internships require attention to detail, strong written and oral communication, organizational skills, visual interpretation, and research skills.
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
Coming Winter 2019
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Public Engagement Internship
For information on this internship and supplication , please visit the Mayor’s Office Website.
Please note that the internship duration does not directly correspond to the quarter. Also, applications are due in early November.
Internship Period: January-May
Application Deadline: November 10
11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915
Los Angeles, CA 90025