We are pleased to offer the following remote and virtual internships during Winter Quarter 2021. Please keep checking this page as further opportunities will be added.
To apply, please click here.
Museum of Social Justice
The Los Angeles United Methodist Museum of Social Justice is located in downtown LA. It is 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. Recent exhibitions include Vizualizing the People’s History: Richard Cross’s Images of the Central American Liberation Wars and Greyhound Diaries: Songs, Stories, and Images over 120,000 Bus Miles. The upcoming exhibition focuses on human trafficking and El Monte garment workers.
While working remotely, the museum has two main opportunities for students. Interns are also welcome to suggest projects based on their learning goals, skills, and interests.
- Museum education projects: developing remote learning modules to accompany our exhibitions. Interns can 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 example, previous projects have focused on talking with children about racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement.
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.
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
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.
During remote working, the internship will focus on learning what it takes to be a footage researcher. This will include learning about how locate relevant films using the SG website; what it takes to research film; what it takes to license film; attention to legal and practical issues including rights, restrictions and legal terminologies. Students will be encouraged to reflect on how their historical skills and knowledge apply to doing footage research.
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.
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.
*During remote working, this internship will focus on archival practice.
100 S. The Grove
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Application deadline: September 10th.
Public History Initiative- Essential Workers, Health Crisis and Policy: A Public History of Farm Labor
This is an internal internship with the PHI. The student will work on the LCHP-funded project “Essential Workers, Health Crisis and Policy.” They will help us develop a series of virtual public workshops in collaboration with La Plaza de Cultural y Artes and the History and Geography Project. The workshops will contextualize the struggles being faced by farmworkers during the pandemic by discussing the movement to protect farmworkers in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, from dangerous pesticides. It will be aimed at teachers, parents and families. Workshops will adopt a farm-to-table approach, using the preparation of family meals as teachable moments. Workshops will combine cooking demonstrations with family history, lessons about where the ingredients in those demonstrations come from, and insights into the lives of the people whose work makes those ingredients available. The workshops will connect these themes to the long history of migrant farm labor. More information about the project is available here.
This internship is an excellent opportunity for students interested in labor history, food history, history education, public history, and the connections between history and policy.
Tasks will include:
- Carrying out research on the history of farmworker health
- Working closely with project partners
- Assisting with the development of educational materials
- Event promotion
This internship is attached to a paid position.
Dr Tawny Paul, PHI Director
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: https://valueschools.com/student-life/2015-08-22-18-33-24/welcome.
This remote internship 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
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.