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*Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Keystone Summer Internship Program has been canceled until further notice. 

Keystone Summer internships 


The Keystone Summer Internship Program is designed to provide preprofessional training to students interested in pursuing a career in history, historic preservation, or museums. The internship is intended to be an integral part of the student's academic training. Students are encouraged, although not required, to seek credit for their internships.

Each Keystone Summer Intern will work directly with a Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) staff mentor on a specific project or projects and will also learn about PHMC's multiple functions though staff presentations and possible field trips. Interns will also have regular opportunities to reflect on their own experiences within the broader context of the challenges and possibilities of public history. The intern's work will be formally evaluated at the conclusion of the internship.

2019 PHMC Keystone Summer Interns


All applicants must be 18 years or older, enrolled at a college or university, and must hold a minimum of a 2.5 GPA at the time of their internship. Selected interns must pass all required background checks. Applications are accepted from students throughout the United States.

Areas of Study

Internship opportunities are available in a wide variety of disciplines and professions included within PHMC's programs, such as archival studies, archaeology, architecture, collections care and management, cultural resource management, curation, exhibition development, geographic information systems, graphic arts, historic preservation, historical research and programming, museum studies, museum education, and zoology.

Internship Locations

Keystone Summer Internships are available in a variety of locations, including PHMC's headquarters in downtown Harrisburg and at PHMC historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History.  Applicants are encouraged to explore PHMC’s website to learn which internship location best fits their interests and needs. Final selections will be based on the best matches between applicant and mentor. Not all offices and historic sites will be available for internships.

Dates and Internship Hours

The Keystone Summer Internship Program begins Monday, June 1, 2020, and ends Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Interns must work a minimum of 225 hours and are eligible to work up to 300 hours, within the program timeframe, at a rate of $13.97 per hour.  Work schedules will be determined between the mentor and intern.

Selection Criteria

Primary criteria for selection are the overall quality of the application (as judged by the application, essay, the letter or recommendation, resume, and the applicant's academic record); congruence between the goals of the internship program and the applicant's educational and professional goals; and the fit between agency interests and the applicant's interests, skills and prior experiences, such as volunteer related service.


Friday, February 14, 2020, by 4:00pm. No late applications will be accepted.

Important Dates

  • Friday, March 13, 2020:  Deadline for mentors to complete all interviews.
  • Friday March 27, 2020:  Deadline for all applicants to accept offers from their mentors and all internship placements toll be confirmed.