Archival Internships

Each of the three special collections departments offers internship opportunities to students who wish to gain experience working with archival collections. Please email or call the designated contact listed on each posting for more information.

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Political Papers Processing Intern

Salary: $3,500.00 (350 hours over a 10-week period)

Contact Person: Mat Darby (

The Richard B. Russell Library, a political archives at the University of Georgia, serves as a center for research and study of modern American politics and policymaking. With particular emphasis on the role of Georgia and the U. S. Congress, current collection development and programming initiatives focus on the dynamic relationship of politics, policy, and culture -generated wherever public interest intersects with government.

The work schedule is between 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday, including an hour-long unpaid lunch break each day, for a period of ten weeks between May and August.

Project Description:

This project will make the personal papers of Powell Moore available for research. Moore’s papers (46 linear feet) document his career of over four decades in government, serving as press secretary for Senator Richard B. Russell, as legislative aide in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations, posts in the Departments of Defense, Justice and State, and other positions.

As part of the Russell Library’s Arrangement & Description unit, the intern will be responsible for all aspects of processing the Moore Papers, including processing planning, appraisal and arrangement. Using Archivists’ Toolkit, the intern will create a DACS-compliant EAD finding aid that will be made available online through the Russell Library’s finding aids database. The intern will gain supervisory experience by directing the work of one of the Russell’s student assistants. In addition, the intern will document the internship and promote the collection by contributing to the Russell Library blog. The intern will assist the Electronic Records Archivist with processing any electronic records associated with the papers. The intern will also have the opportunity to engage with the Russell’s other units, Access & Outreach and Oral History & Media.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates should be enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, a graduate program pursuing a degree in library science, archival studies, history, public history, museum studies or other related field. Candidates should have a strong interest in the archival profession and some experience with using primary sources for research and writing. Above all, we are looking for an enthusiastic self-starter who can work independently to complete project goals.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume with three references, and a writing sample. The cover letter should provide a detailed description of the applicant’s experience and expectations for an internship. The writing sample should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to communicate clearly and concisely.