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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.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

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

Smithsonian Affiliations - Leadership for Change Internship

Application deadline is Feb. 26. This internship will take place from June 10-August 2, 2024.

The Smithsonian and its Smithsonian Affiliates, in collaboration with the Emerson Collective and the George Washington University, will offer the Leadership for Change Internship to rising college sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are committed to helping communities, are passionate about social justice, and are driven to accelerate positive impact in our world. Visit the Smithsonian Office of Internship's website, and scroll down to "Smithsonian Affiliates, Leadership for Change Internship" to learn more and apply before February, 26, 2024. 

The current project is still in development but will focus on one or more of the four core topic areas: women's history, climate change, race and social justice, and the changing American narrative (including rural initiatives, immigration, education, civics, democracy, and other topics). This may include opportunities in: 

Digital engagement

Educational programming

Accessibility, diversity, and inclusion


Government relations

Exhibition development

National and community outreach

Collections management


Emerson Collective Youth Collaborative (ECYC) places college students in paid summer internship opportunities within Emerson Collective and through our national network of partners, including KHS. 

Apply on their website.