am writing today to tell you about a Summer 2019 student internship
opportunity in our office. I would greatly appreciate if you could
please share the following announcement,
here, with the undergraduate
and graduate students in your department. In addition to history majors,
we are especially interested in candidates with a background or
interest in library science, museum studies, and
archives. Student Interns will assist the History Office and Library
staff in providing well-researched responses to reference requests,
performing primary source research both in the library’s collection and
at the National Archives, and developing content
for the USCIS History website, among other things. I have also included
the text of the announcement below. I am happy to answer any questions
you may have about the internship.
Please note that the deadline for our Summer 2019 internship is Monday, February 04, 2019. Thank you for your assistance.
Allison S. Finkelstein, Ph.D.
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services History Office and Library
Office Tel – 202-272-9370
Internship Announcement: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) History Office and Library Internship Program
The USCIS History Office and Library preserves and promotes
understanding of USCIS history and the histories of its predecessor
agencies and programs. Student Interns will assist the History Office
and Library staff in providing well-researched responses to
reference requests, performing primary source research both in the
library’s collection and at the National Archives, and developing
content for the USCIS History website.
At least 120 hours in a single semester period.
Washington, D. C.
To be considered you must:
Be a U.S. citizen
Be age 16 or older
Be able to obtain and hold a security clearance and drug screening test
Be a student accepted for enrollment or
enrolled at least half-time at a college, university, or other
accredited educational institution
Preference is given to scholars currently
enrolled in graduate-level programs related to public history, history,
museum studies or archival studies and upper level undergraduate
students majoring in history or related fields
requiring strong research and writing skills. Students must be in good
academic standing with their institution
Application Requirements and How to Apply: Download
Application (PDF, 39 KB)
students must submit a resume, cover letter, an unofficial copy of their
transcripts and a completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only
applications submitted by email will be considered.
Students will have the opportunity to:
and build upon current educational or professional experiences and/or
expertise related to historical research and the development of
and online exhibits
Apply academic learning to real-world projects and assignments
Develop workplace skills and acquire specific experience needed to pursue professional goals
Explore the federal work environment and learn about the history, mission, and responsibilities of USCIS
Students should accomplish the following during their Internships:
Contribute substantially to research
projects related to the history of USCIS, its predecessor agencies, or
federal immigration and naturalization policies in general.
Perform original research in USCIS and legacy agency records located at the National Archives
Propose and develop content suitable for the USCIS History Office website
Become knowledgeable of USCIS’s history and mission
All materials produced by Student Interns
while working at USCIS become the property of USCIS and will be
maintained by the USCIS History Office and Library.
Salary and Benefits
Student Interns are unpaid and not entitled to benefits through the federal government as they are not federal employees.
Unpaid Student Interns are protected in the event of job related injuries under the Federal Torts Reform Act.
Relocation expenses and recruitment incentives are
not paid for Student Interns.