Student Employment Opportunities

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

Position Descriptions

  • Summer Library & Archives Undergraduate Student Positions

Undergraduate student positions contribute to organizing and preserving historical documents and published material in foreign languages by sorting and describing materials, labeling folders and boxes, creating inventory lists, and performing basic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 documents and guides to collections, running on-campus errands, covering breaks, and other duties as assigned. All training is provided. Summer work is full time, 40 hours/week for 10-16 weeks between May and September.

  • Library & Archives Graduate Student Assistant Positions

Assistants participate in a variety of projects related to providing access and description to Hoover collection material under the direction of archivists and librarians. Positions 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.

  • Library Graduate Student Assistant Positions

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

  • East Asian Collections Assistant Positions

The East Asian Collections Assistants complete projects under the direction of librarians, archivists, and curators. The position will coordinate 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, with a preference for candidates that have previous work experience in libraries, archives, or similar cultural heritage organizations.

Application Requirements

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

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


Applications for summer positions must be submitted by March 15.
Summer Assistants work full time, 40 hours/week for 10-16 weeks during May-September.

Applications for academic year positions must be submitted by July 15 for a September start date.
Academic year Assistants work half time, 20 hours/week from September to August.