Campus Opportunities

Bridwell Library Archives

The archives at Bridwell Library comprise approximately 3,000 linear feet of personal papers and organizational records documenting the history of the Methodist movement, Perkins School of Theology, and Bridwell Library.

Archival interns enhance their organizational, writing, and problem solving skills by assisting the archivist with the arrangement, description, and preservation of archival collections, historical research, public service, and educational outreach (summer, fall or spring semesters).

Bridwell Library Special Collections and Archives - Digitization

Bridwell Library’s digitization department, a part of Special Collections and Archives, is responsible for creating digital content for exhibitions and digital collections for the library, as well as organization of the digital material. The intern would be assigned a project, receive training on digitization, editing in Photoshop, research and how to create metadata in Excel, and how to publish material in CONTENTdm. She or he would have the opportunity to plan, execute, and market the project from beginning to publication. Bridwell Library Special Collections holds over 50,000 items including historical manuscripts, early printed material, book arts, literature, and archaeology (summer, fall or spring semesters).

Bywaters Special Collections in the Hamon Library

Bywaters Special Collections interns will learn a wide variety of archival and preservation work in this small special collections department focused on the cultural history of the Southwest. By working with primary documents that showcase the past, they will develop writing, editing, organizing, communication, and problem solving skills. Interns could work with researchers, collections, exhibits, social media, or digital initiatives (summer, fall or spring semesters).

Center for Presidential History

A Center for Presidential History intern will contribute to the programming, collective memory project, and research mission of the center.  They will conduct individual research (both for faculty and for their own projects); learn to employ digital recording equipment, audio and video; and they will represent the center and the university at events and functions across campus and around Dallas (summer, fall or spring semesters).

DeGolyer Library

DeGolyer Library interns will learn the inner workings of a special collections library. By working with primary documents that showcase the past, they will develop writing, editing, organizing, communication, and problem solving skills. Interns could work with researchers, collections, exhibits, social media, or digital initiatives. (Available any summer or academic year semester)

  • James G. Blaine and the Presidential election of 1884 Exhibit (spring/summer 2020) (link PDF)
  • Women’s Suffrage Exhibit (spring 2020) (link PDF)


DeGolyer Library – Archives of Women of the Southwest

The Archives of Women of the Southwest, a part of the DeGolyer Library’s holdings, documents the historical experience of women in the Southwest from women who settled in or traveled through the West in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and to 20th and 21st century women who influenced women’s roles in society and shaped the culture, arts, business, social issues, law, and politics.

The intern will work closely with the curator to identify materials relevant to the collection’s scope, and work on writing press, blog posts, and educational materials to promote awareness and use of collections. Interns will gain firsthand experience in working with primary documents through the processing, arranging, and describing archival collections and develop research and writing techniques through the publication of a finding aid, or guide to the collection.

G. William Film & Video Collection in the Hamon Library


The G. William Jones Film and Video Collection interns will learn a wide variety of archival and preservation practices associated with a moving image archive.  Their internship will be tailored to each intern’s unique interests, which could include film handling & repair, digitization, identification, research, and/or cataloguing.  Notable on-going projects include, but are not limited to, the film elements for three local news stations, studio promotional materials, and theater operational records. These projects are often in collaboration with researchers, local media organizations, and documentary filmmakers focusing on historical events. The Jones Collection holds over 40,000 items including film, video, and audio materials.


George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum offers unpaid internships for undergraduate students in a variety of areas, including Audio/Visual, Museum Collections and Exhibits, Textual Archives and Records Digitization, and Student Lecture Series Research. Their internships offer students a unique opportunity to gain valuable work experience while cultivating a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy. Check external link for deadlines. 

Norwick Center for Digital Solutions

The Norwick Center for Digital Solutions (nCDS) is working to digitize the extensive special collections of Central University Libraries and make them freely available over the Internet on the CUL Digital Collections web site. We offer an internship that provides hands-on experience and training in the digitization and cataloging of historic materials.

The internship helps prepare students for work in the digitization and digital curation of special collections, archives, and museums. Students may elect to focus on other areas such as marketing and outreach, social media, specialized training in CONTENTdm software, digitization of audio-visual materials, and/or digital archiving. We also work with students to create tailored Digital Humanities projects that are designed to help students become more competitive in their future academic careers (summer, fall or spring semesters).

William P. Clements Department of History Oral History Lab

Oral History Lab interns would work within the history department and in collaboration with the Norwick Center for Digital Solutions to transcribe and archive existing oral history collections. Students who have already completed the HIST1326 course can propose to undertake a new, self-designed oral history project (possibly as part of an Engaged Learning Project) using the Oral History Lab’s equipment (fall or spring semesters).