Internship Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in internship opportunties at the Rhode Island Historical Society.

RIHS has internship opportunities each fall semester, spring semester, and summer. Internships may be located at the RIHS Aldrich House, Robinson Research Center, John Brown House Museum or Museum of Work & Culture. Some of the potential internship projects and tasks may include (but are not limited to): research, communications, transcription, assisting museum functions and school groups, preparing history lesson plans, gathering and researching content for the RHODI site and related history and heritage outreach, digital textbook initiatives, archives, collections, digitizing, writing, critical thinking, working with the public, history education, and more.

Internship opportunities are limited, and are evaluated based on the needs of the organization, students’ interests’ and skills, and applying the best matching candidates to each internship opening. All RIHS internships are unpaid internships for academic credit. All applicants are encouraged to apply by the deadlines below to be considered for the internship session they are interested in:

  • Fall Semester Application Deadline: June 30; applicants notified by July 25
  • Spring Semester Application Deadline: October 24; applicants notified by November 15
  • Summer Application Deadline: March 4; applicants notified by March 28

For more information and to apply for internships:

  • Send an email including resume and cover letter to: Rachel Brask Hutchinson, Program Outreach Manager at
  • In the subject line of your email inquiry, please include “RIHS Internship” and semester you are interested in applying for, i.e., “RIHS Internship: Fall 2017”.


Education Intern: Digital Textbook Project – SPRING or SUMMER 2017

The Rhode Island Historical Society is looking for a graduate student intern to work with its Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public Programs during the spring 2017 semester.  The intern will work under the direction of Education Center staff on a digital textbook, EnCompass, that aims to be a resource for K-12 students and teachers for Rhode Island history.  It features primary and secondary resources and associated classroom activities.  The intern will work with Education Center staff to research resources available in our collections and in collections of institutional partners throughout the state, provide content for a public audience, and brainstorm and develop accompanying classroom activities.

The intern is expected to complete at least 80 hours during the semester and hours can be negotiated based on the needs of the home institution.  Hours can be arranged but will mainly fall during the regular work week with some opportunities for work from home or on the weekends as permitted.  The intern must be able to travel to RIHS’ offices and library in Providence.  There may be opportunities to travel to partner sites. This internship is unpaid but internship credit or course credit can be arranged with your university department.  

Consideration will be given to graduate students in public history, public humanities, museum education, museum studies, education, or a related field.  To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Rachel Brask Hutchinson at  In the subject line, please include “RIHS Internship: Education Center Spring 2017”