Learning Lab interns work closely with a single, unprocessed collection held by the Special Collections Research Center. Unprocessed collections are not available to outside researchers, and while archivists have a general idea of the collections' contents, they don't always know what they'll find when they open the box. As a Learning Lab intern, you will be the first person to open the box and explore the papers, photographs, or other materials that make up your collection. Over the course of the year-long internship, you will organize, describe, and creatively engage with your collection to produce an original scholarly research project.
When you apply for the internship, you should have an idea of the collection you would like to work with. All of our available collections are listed by subject below. Our collections vary widely across time periods and contain an assortment of materials that appeal to students across majors. The collection that you choose will be the subject of your short application essay describing your interests and what you hope to learn from working with archival materials.
You can see the many directions you can take archival research, and the interdisciplinary opportunities available to our interns, by taking a look at past Learning Lab projects.
Applications for the Learning Lab Internship are accepted annually in the Spring.
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