Archival Processing Internship Program

The John Sayles and Maggie Renzi Archival Processing Internship Program engages graduate students in professional-level work that supplements formal archival education and core knowledge, strengthens existing and introduces new skills, encourages collaboration and teamwork, and contributes to understanding of how archival theories and methods are applied in practice. 

The work is performed under the supervision of experienced archivists and alongside other professionals and interns in the Special Collections Research Center. Projects vary from year to year, but are always for the Screen Arts Mavericks and Makers collection.  

As many as two internships will be awarded in 2024 for projects processing John Sayles and Jonathan Demme Papers, respectively. See full details of this year's internships (Google Document) including descriptions, expected duties, and required and desired qualifications.


Archival processing internships are open to individuals currently enrolled in or recently (within one year) graduated from a master’s degree program in library and information science with a concentration or strong focus on archives. Interns are not required to have archives experience beyond their coursework.

About the internship

Duties and responsibilities include arrangement, description, and rehousing of archival materials; creating and improving container labeling; and updating and revision of existing collection description.

Pay rate: $25/hour.

Duration and hours: Full-time for 12 weeks. Start and end dates for individual internships are negotiable. Typical working hours are 8:30-5:00, Monday through Friday. 

Interns will be embedded in the work of the Special Collections Research Center and expected to follow procedures and participate in team meetings and other activities. 

How to apply 

Applicants are required to submit a resume, a statement of interest that includes their preference for a particular project, and two letters of recommendation from recent employers or educators. 

The application window for 2024 is closed. Please check back for updates on future opportunities.

Timeline for 2024

  • Applications accepted beginning Friday, March 1
  • Applications due by Friday, March 29
  • Decisions communicated on or before Friday, April 26
  • Internships start on or around Monday, June 3
Questions? Contact Hilary Severyn at