Reference and State Archives Intern

Library & Collections
Reference Specialist and Government Records Assistant
10-20 hours per week
Minnesota History Center
Spring 2018 (January-May)
Unpaid; A limited number of diversity stipends are available for eligible candidates.
Project summary: 

The Intern will work within the Collections and Reference Services Division, splitting their time between the Reference Department (provides public services to library users) and the State Archives (identifies, collects, and preserves the historically valuable records of state and local government).  The position provides an opportunity to gain varied experience working on projects like digital reference and outreach, processing records, and evaluating digital content.  The Intern will produce materials used by the public and suitable for a project/work portfolio.

Ideal degree(s): 
Library Science
Student qualifications: 

Graduate or undergraduate students studying library/information sciences.  The successful candidate must have strong research, writing, communications, and organizational skills.  An interest in special collections/archival work and a willingness to learn are necessities, as is being comfortable with splitting time and working with two supervisors.      

Student responsibilities: 

Both departments:

  • Conduct research and produce content for social media use
  • Participate in department meetings


  • Evaluate and update existing reference tools
  • Update, revise, or create Research Guide content for online publication
  • Provide in-person customer service at the Library’s Registration Desk

State Archives:

  • Process a set of state or local government records, under the supervision of state archives staff
  • Review digital content in government records collections for quality control and/or processing purposes
  • Accompany staff on field trips, review and discuss retention schedules, learn about State Archives accessioning policy and procedures.  
Knowledge intern is expected to gain: 

Work experience in a unique library/archives setting that includes:

  • Increased knowledge about Minnesota and American history
  • Experience with public/research services
  • Familiarity with a variety of print and online reference tools/systems
  • Advanced research skills
  • Processing experience (appraisal, arrangement, description, rehousing, inventory) of paper records
  • Knowledge of how to review and make recommendations on digital content
Additional required submissions: 

Please submit a 3 - 5 page writing sample