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ORGANIZATION: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

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The Collections Intern will assist artifact staff with a variety of collections work, including cataloging and inventorying the artifact collection. The Intern will work primarily with artifact staff to catalog artifacts, assist with an ongoing inventory project, and complete special projects as assigned. Duties include - but are not limited to - artifact research, cataloging, photography, and rehousing of the objects. This opportunity will allow the Intern to gain practical, hands-on experience working with artifacts while learning about the day-to-day operations of managing artifact collections. The Collections Intern will be supervised by artifact staff on projects related to artifact processing and collections database management.

Current undergraduate or graduate students in the fields of museum studies, public history, history, art history, or related disciplines are encouraged to apply. Previous museum experience and knowledge of working with collection management databases (such as TMS) is preferred but not required. The ideal candidate will be able to work a minimum of 180 hours over an 8-10 week period.

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Note: Internship projects are matched to departmental needs and priorities, while taking into account the intern’s interests. This internship must be completed for academic credit, with specific criteria and schedule to be determined by the program’s requirements and Obama Library staff approval. This internship position is uncompensated, and is expected to run approximately from September 10, 2018, through November 30, 2018.

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About U.S. National Archives and Records Administration


Barack Obama Presidential Library, 2500 W. Golf Road, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to carry forward President Obama’s vision for government records, outlined in his November 28, 2011, Memorandum on Managing Government Records. Because "proper records management is the backbone of open Government" and "records transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) provide the prism through which future generations will understand and learn from our actions and decisions."


The Barack Obama Presidential Library is the 14th presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), a federal agency.

Unlike other Presidential Libraries administered by NARA, the Barack Obama Presidential Library will be a fully digital library. After the records are digitized, NARA will store and preserve the original materials in an existing NARA facility that meets NARA’s standards for archival storage. A staff at that location will be responsible for caring for the records and artifacts.

Obama presidential records are administered in accordance with the requirements of the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and will not be subject to public Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests until January 20, 2022.


Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture


Mon Sep 10, 2018 - Fri Nov 30, 2018
08:30 AM - 03:30 PM


Barack Obama Presidential Library2500 W. Golf RoadHoffman Estates, IL 60169


  • Curating
  • Photography
  • Exhibition Arts
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Organization
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 180 hours over an 8-10 week period
  • Must be a US citizen; legal resident alien; or a holder of an A1 or A2 diplomatic visa.

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