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Intern and Student Assistant Opportunities

Schuyler L. and Yvonne Moore Endowed Summer Internship

Our competitive annual summer internship carries a stipend of $2,600 and is awarded to a graduate student enrolled in an archival education program outside of South Carolina. Projects require a minimum of 135 hours and vary depending on SCPC needs and the interests of the intern. Typical internships may include arranging and describing a collection or a series within a major collection, creating an exhibit, completing a digitization project, or transcribing oral history interviews. The internship is funded by the Schuyler L. and Yvonne Moore Endowment. Housing is not provided as part of the award and must be arranged by the candidate.

internsIn the foreground, interns Mark and Emily work on projects. Five students and staff members work in the background.

The application deadline is May 1. Applications should include: 

  • Statement not exceeding 500 words explaining how an internship with SCPC fits the applicant’s educational program and career goals
  • Current résumé
  • Letter of recommendation from the head of the archival program in which the applicant is enrolled. It should state the program’s internship requirements, including the number of hours required to complete the internship.

See our recent Moore Intern projects:

Chandler White, 2015 intern

Karli Mair, 2013 intern

Heather Adkins, 2012 intern

Jessica Hill, 2011 intern

Mark Firmin, 2010 intern


Questions, please contact Herb Hartsook at 803-777-0577 or Applications may be emailed to Herb Hartsook or mailed to:

Summer Internship Program
South Carolina Political Collections
University of South Carolina Libraries
1322 Greene St. 
Columbia, S.C. 29208 

Student Assistants
Each semester, we employ 3-4 student assistants, usually from USC’s graduate and undergraduate history and library science programs. We place a good deal of responsibility upon our assistants.

internsStudent assistants (L-R) Gabby, Virginia and Debbie inventory a collection in 2009

 After a period of orientation, they will generally work at complex tasks with moderate independence, and be required to exhibit thoughtful judgment. We trust applicants will consider a position here as an opportunity to develop their research and writing skills. For those seeking an archival career, it is an excellent opportunity to gain real work experience and a valuable professional reference. Duties will include: arranging manuscript collections, inventorying new material, helping with special events, blogging and helping with outreach, digitizing material, preparing exhibits, answering reference questions, pulling boxes and making copies for researchers, etc.

We ask our students to make a commitment to us for at least two semesters, and we prefer they work 20 hours per week. Summer hours are available and encouraged. To apply, email a resume, writing sample, and cover letter Deadlines vary between mid-fall and mid-spring. Please contact us to inquire about openings.