Internships: Explore Your Future in History

You want to learn about a career devoted to promoting history’s relevance – one that shows history is a vital life skills tool, one that engages in historical preservation and scholarship.

You’ve come to the right place.

A Kentucky Historical Society internship gives you hands-on experience in a variety of areas to help you build your future. At the same time, KHS interns play important roles in helping us to fulfill our mission to help prepare people for the future through history. Internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students. While they are designed to help meet specific institutional needs, we often can tailor individual projects to your skills, interests and academic requirements.

Our current internship opportunities are:

Historical Resources: Oral History Collections
Spring 2018 Graduate Intern (Paid)

Are you interested in conducting oral histories and working with oral history collections in an archival setting? Do you have a passion for history? If so, this is the internship for you. KHS is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated intern to work on a collection and archiving project with the Historical Resources team.

This internship is available for those interested in class credit and those just seeking more experience in the archival field.


  • Collect interviews for the Kentucky 225 Oral History Collection and prepare them for archival storage and public use by preparing, processing and cataloging the collection and uploading content to each finding aid.
  • Participate in a minimum of eight oral history interviews with Kentucky 225 Commission members, their designees, or project and program participants.
  • Research interviewees and develop relevant questions in partnership with the project supervisor. Interviews will be conducted independently.
  • Test a draft copy of the “Kentucky Historical Society Guide to Processing Kentucky Oral History Commission Collections” against a new, incoming collection.

Minimum requirements:

  • Must be a graduate student or post‐graduate of a relevant program (i.e., history, public history or folk studies)
  • Must have basic knowledge of computer databases, a passion for history and an interest in learning about oral history management.

Time commitment:

  • 280 hours for 14 weeks.
  • Anticipated time frame is February through May 2018, but the exact time frame and schedule will be mutually determined by the supervisor and the successful candidate.


  • $3,220.
  • This is a temporary position based in Frankfort Kentucky. Employee benefits are not available. Housing is not provided.

To apply:

Email a cover letter, intern application and resume to No phone calls.

Application deadline:

November 30, 2017.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

KHS is a state agency and membership organization that has full American Alliance of Museums accreditation.