Internships

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives are pleased to offer a number of paid undergraduate graduate student employment opportunities, available to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students and international students studying at U.S. institutions.

Position Descriptions

  • Undergraduate Student Positions

Undergraduate student positions include contributing to organizing and preserving historical documents and published material in foreign languages by sorting and describing materials, labeling folders and boxes, creating inventory lists, and performing basic preservation steps. Additional responsibilities include: retrieving manuscript boxes from the Hoover Archives stacks according to a set schedule, shifting boxes within the archives stacks, duplicating archival documents and guides to collections, running on-campus errands, covering breaks at the Hoover Exhibit Pavilion, and other duties as assigned. All training provided.

Summer students work full time, 40 hours/week for 10-12 weeks during May-September. During the academic year, a flexible weekly schedule by quarter is typically 8-10 hours a week. Students must schedule time in 3 or more hour blocks between the hours of 8a.m-5p.m., Monday-Friday.

  • Graduate Student Internships

Interns participate in a wide variety of projects under the direction of professional archivists and librarians. Students have the opportunity to gain career-relevant experience while contributing to the work of the institution. The program has been designed to give practical experience to graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate program in archival studies, library science, history, or related degree and/or recent graduates. Preference goes to applicants with a reading and writing knowledge of one or more foreign languages, particularly Russian, German, French, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic.

Summer Interns work full time, 40 hours/week for 10-12 weeks during May-September. Academic year Interns work half time, 20 hours/week from September to June.

  • Library Graduate Student Internship

Under the direction of the Librarian, the intern will participate in a variety of projects dealing with the cataloging of Library materials. After orientation with institutional procedures, and under close supervision, the library intern will have the opportunity to create online records for monographs, serials, government documents and microfilms of Library holdings in a variety of languages. Although primarily working independently, interns will be expected to analyze problems and recommend solutions to the Librarian. 

Summer Interns work full time, 40 hours/week for 10-12 weeks during May-September. Academic year Interns work half time, 20 hours/week from September to June.

  • East Asian Collections Graduate Student Internship

The East Asian Collections Graduate Student Interns participates in a wide variety of projects under the direction of professional librarians, archivists, and curators at the Hoover Institution. After orientation and under close supervision, the position will have the opportunity to coordinate the cataloging of both library and archival collections related to twentieth century East Asian history. Ideal candidates will have completed class work on East Asian history, library cataloging, and/or archival materials, with a preference for candidates that have previous work experience in libraries, archives or similar cultural heritage organizations.

Summer Interns work full time, 40 hours/week for 10-12 weeks during May-September. Academic year Interns work half time, 20 hours/week from September to June.

Application Requirements

All applicants should submit the following documents via email to Liz Phillips, lphillips[at]stanford.edu:

  • A cover letter addressing your interest in the position, applicable qualifications, and dates of availability
  • A Resume or CV
  • The names and contact information for two references

Applications are received on a rolling basis. Typical annual hiring periods are in April for summer positions and in September for academic year positions.