Logan Knight, 2014 summer intern.

Explore your future in history

Are you interested in learning about a career devoted to promoting history’s relevance? A career that shows history is a vital life skills tool and engages in historical preservation and scholarship?

Then you’ve come to the right place. The Kentucky Historical Society’s (KHS) mission is to educate and engage the public through Kentucky’s history in order to confront the challenges of the future. We’re also a state agency entrusted with preserving Kentucky’s historic treasures and a membership organization that is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Our interns can play an important role in helping us achieve our goals as they simultaneously gain valuable hands-on experience.

A KHS internship program helps you gain valuable experience and prepare for careers related to history and cultural preservation. Internships help familiarize students with the realities of career paths, make professional contacts and build resumes.

KHS offers undergraduate and graduate students opportunities in a wide variety of programs that can yield experience in many fields. While the listed positions are designed to meet specific institutional needs, individual projects often can be tailored to your skills, interests and academic requirements.

So roll up your sleeves and become a part of our team!

Current Opportunities


Deadline extended! Apply by Oct. 15!

School Programs:  Fall 2014/Spring 2015 Unpaid Internship

This intern will develop 10 to 20 instructional units for schools using the KHS collections. These units, aligned with Common Core for English Language Arts and 21st Century Learning and Innovation Skills, will include object-, image- and document-analysis activities to be used by teachers in the classroom and museum galleries. Training is provided at the beginning of the internship.

The internship is a minimum of 150 hours but the exact time frame and schedule will be mutually determined by the supervisor and the successful candidate.

 Minimum requirements

You must currently be enrolled in an accredited college or university as an undergraduate (junior or senior standing) or a graduate student.  The internship is available for those interested in class credit and those just seeking more experience in the museum field.


  • The internship will be completed by May 2015.
  • It offers a weekly flexible schedule.
  • Occasional travel to Frankfort is required.


To apply

Email your cover letter, application and resume to No phone calls please.


Oct. 15, 2014


Special Collections and Library

Winter 2014-2015 Undergraduate/Graduate Internship

KHS is seeking two paid interns to assist on different types of digital projects that will help the Special Collections and Library staff provide better access to collections. Graduate and undergraduate students interested in the use of technology in library and museum work will be considered.  You must have experience with digital media (if you own a smartphone, this job is for you).  An interest in KHS’s mission and a willingness to learn more about it are necessary.

Student interns will:

    • Scan photographs from historic collections
    • Create descriptive information (metadata) to help researchers find these images
    • Post them on the web for easier public access

Successful interns will gain work experience in a unique, special collections library setting and increase their knowledge of how a library uses digital projects to reach and assist users.

The Special Collections and Library staff will be working on a number of digital initiatives projects over the period of Dec. 15, 2014 through March 6, 2015. Student interns will work directly with staff on these projects during this time period and must compete 150 hours to receive the complete compensation ($1,500 per position).  Flexible scheduling is possible within the December through March time period.

To apply

Email your cover letter, application and resume to No phone calls please.


Oct. 15, 2014



Frankfort Semester Internship

KHS will be accepting one intern from the Frankfort Semester Internships program. This collaborative program between the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities and Kentucky state government brings students from the state’s private colleges to the state capital for 12 weeks beginning each January.

Applications for this competitive program are accepted from juniors and seniors who must submit an essay stating why they want the internship and how they believe it will affect their future if received. Each applicant must also present letters of recommendation and undergo a personal interview by the program’s director.

The internship requires that students work 30 hours a week in one of state government’s executive branch agencies and complete two after-hours seminars while in Frankfort. Interns’ home campuses grant varying amounts of academic credit for satisfactory completion of the program. Students receive $2,500 stipends to help cover their living expenses.

Interested students may apply online or download the 2015 AIKCU Frankfort Semester Internship Application and mail it as directed.

For more information go to or click here to apply.

If you are interested in working at KHS, please visit the employment opportunities page.
If you are interested in volunteering for KHS, please visit the volunteer opportunities page.

KHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D.