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Internship opportunities

An internship is an excellent way to put historical theory into practice and to develop professional skills in historical research, preservation, and teaching. Students gain valuable experience for graduate school, teaching, and a variety of employment possibilities. Members of the History Department faculty encourage students to make an internship a part of their major or minor studies in History.


Students should contact a faculty adviser in the History Department to begin the process of setting up an internship.


Hamersly Library, Western Oregon University
Work with accessions involving materials relating to Oregon Governor Robert Straub at the Hamersly Library Archives library/archives/straub/
Contact Jerrie Lee Parpart, Archives & Exhibits Coordinator
Phone: 503-838-8419


Independence Historical Museum, Independence, OR
Examples of projects: Historic Resource Survey for historic buildings, identification of objects in museum collections, digitally preserving the photo collections and archiving the originals.
More information available at: volunteer-opportunities/
Contact: Peggy Schorsch, Director
Phone: 503-838-4989


Oregon Historical Society
More information available at: volunteer.cfm
Phone: 503-306-5226

Oregon State Archives, Salem, OR
Work with archive accessions, cataloging, collections, working with reference and public information.
Contact Layne Sawyer, Oregon State Archives Division
Phone:  503-373-0701


Polk County Museum, Rickreal, OR
more information available at: http://www. polkcountyhistoricalsociety. org/volunteer-opportunities/
Phone: 503-623-6251


Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, Salem, OR
Examples of Projects: Learn Salem and Oregon History; conduct primary research on archive and artifacts for exhibitions; support education activities; Editorial Assistant with "Willamette Voices", a scholarly journal publishing history-related articles related to the mid-Willamette Valley.
Contact Amy Vandegrift
Phone: 503-585-7012


Many other internship possibilities are available.

Please consult your advisor or the chair of the History Department