Summer Opportunities

Washington State & the Pacific Northwest

  • Simpson Center for the Humanities
    The Simpson Center offers summer fellowships for public projects in the humanities, digital humanities projects, and attendance at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria, B.C. Applications are considered in the fall.
  • American Society for Environmental History 
    The American Society for Environmental History pairs with private companies and NGOs to offer graduate students in history paid summer internships doing historical research.
  • Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School
    Educational Opportunity through the University of Oregon; some scholarships available. “The Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School curriculum is designed to attract participants from all walks of life, from novices with little background in the field but who possess a love for heritage and a desire to learn, to undergraduate and graduate students, to practicing cultural resource professionals. The University of Oregon’s Historic Preservation Program developed this Field School to provide participants with the opportunity to experience preservation firsthand.”



In Washington, D.C.

  • Tompkins Fellowship, National Park Service, Washington, D.C. paid summer internship. “The Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship, a joint program of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), permits a graduate student in architectural history or a related field to work on a 12-week HABS history project during the summer. The Fellow will conduct research on a nationally significant U.S. building or site, and will prepare a written history to become part of the permanent HABS collection…” Recipient will receive a $10,000 stipend for a 12-week period. 2016 deadline was December 31, 2015.
  • National Park Service Maritime Documentation Project paid summer internship. “The internship will permit a student or recent graduate of architecture or history, interested in maritime preservation, to work as a summer intern on a HAER maritime documentation project. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen. The selected recipient will serve as either a historian preparing researched historical reports or as an architect preparing measured drawings…” Recipient will receive a stipend of $7,000-10,000 for a 12-week period. 2016 deadline is February 28.
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Applications due March 1; most opportunities are unpaid.
  • Library of Congress Junior Fellows Intern Program summer internship, Washington, D.C.; carries a small stipend. Fellows work under the direction of Library curators and specialists to explore the LOC’s digital initiatives and expand access to the library’s collections and resources. Applications typically due in January.



Other Geographical Locations

  • NEH Summer Programs stipend; various locations, U.S. Each summer the NEH offers tuition-free seminars covering a variety of humanities topics to educators. Doctoral students are among these participants. The NEH provides stipends $1,200-$3,900 to cover expenses for these one to five week long programs.
  • National Park Service Heritage Documentation Programs paid summer work/internship. “Heritage Documentation Programs seeks applications from qualified students for 2016 summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, landscape, and technological significance throughout the country…” Opportunities available throughout the United States. 2016 deadline is March 7.
  • Latino Heritage Program, Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) paid summer internship, various locations, United States. “HAF will select and oversee twenty three highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students to work alongside NPS historians, interpreters, archaeologists, architects, and curators on cultural resources projects in different park units, offices and historical sites throughout the nation…” All costs covered in addition to stipend. 2016 deadline is February 16.