Volunteer / Intern

 

Every year the United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) accomplishes its mission with the aid of its talented volunteers. Volunteers perform duties in the archives, libraries, and museum, support our patron service activities, and help with events. The USAHEC appreciates the valuable service our volunteers perform!

Please read below for different volunteer opportunities at the USAHEC. Click Here to download an application. Contact usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.ahec-ves@army.mil for questions.

 
Docent (gallery guide):

Docent volunteers are one of the USAHEC's most important public-facing aspects. Our docents act as tour guides in the Visitor and Education Center and outside on the -Army Heritage Trail, and help visitors find their way around the USAHEC campus.

Historical Research Volunteer:

Assist the USAHEC with a wide variety of research, processing, archival, and general tasks. Tasks include supporting research assistance, processing collections, translating book and pamphlet titles, producing bibliographies, creating archival metadata, and rehousing fragile books and pamphlets. Duties will be wide ranging, but volunteers are normally expected to specialize in at least one long-term project at a time.

Conduct historical research for the Army Heritage Museum as it prepares new exhibits for both the indoor galleries and the venues on the Army Heritage Trail. Tasks include using the USAHEC resources to locate Soldier stories that include a good service history, photo(s) of the Soldier/Unit and any archival material such as letters, diaries or other primary sources that detail the Soldiers service and experiences. In some instances, the volunteer may be asked to prepare a rough draft of the Soldier story.

Archival Volunteer:

Assist the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center with a wide variety of research, processing, archival, and general tasks. Tasks include supporting research assistance, processing and inventorying archival collections, producing finding aids, and creating archival metadata. Duties will be wide-ranging, but volunteers are normally expected to specialize in at least one long-term project at a time.

Special Events Volunteer:

This position would help with educational programming and public events on an as needed basis. Duties may include assisting with the planning, preparation, registration, and execution of USAHEC events. Events include, but are not limited to, commemorative programs, ceremonies, and after-hour events.

Collections Assistant:

This position assists USAHEC staff with conducting inventories and taking photographs of artifacts/artwork, and the general curation and care of the collection. This may include the "macro" artifacts located on the Army Heritage Trail (AHT) as well as the original but non-historic materials displayed in AHT exhibits.

Cataloging Volunteer:

Assist the USAHEC with a wide variety of research, processing, archival, and general tasks. Tasks include supporting research assistance, processing periodical and newspaper collections, reviewing microfilm periodicals, translating book and pamphlet titles, and creating content descriptions according to a translation worksheet. Duties will be wide-ranging, but volunteers are normally expected to specialize in at least one long-term project at a time.

Army Heritage Trail Exhibits Maintenance:

This is routine work involving cleaning Plexiglas, sweeping the floors of outdoor exhibits, making beds in the WWII section of the Army Heritage Trail, painting, weeding and all-around care of the exhibits on the Army Heritage Trail.

Special Projects:

There are several ongoing long and short term projects at the USAHEC. This position would help with these on an as needed basis and is subject to change. Please inquire for more information.

The USAHEC offers in-depth professional experience through internships to students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our dedicated internship mentors provide personal leadership to students who join their team. The USAHEC is a world-class working archive, museum, and educational facility; the USAHEC Internship Program is intended to provide real-world experience in the history, public history, museum, archival, public relations, graphic design, and library fields to eager and motivated students. The interns will support the mission and vision of the USAHEC and support daily activities and special projects supervised by USAHEC employees.

The USAHEC's internship mentors have long experience working with academic institutions, and most of our successful interns receive credit based on the scheduling and requirements of their school. All internships are unpaid. Students are responsible for their own lodging, tuition, travel, and all other incidental expenses.

WHAT TYPE OF MAJORS CAN APPLY?
  • History
  • Archives
  • Library Science
  • Museum
  • Administration
  • Public History
  • Chemistry
  • Art History
  • Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Museum Studies
  • International Relations
  • English
  • Journalism
 
 
 

Currently Available Internship Opportunities:

Step 1: Fill out an Application

Every internship is different! The USAHEC team will work with an intern and their instructors to modify the internship to fit their academic needs. To get started, download the application and fill it out. Be sure to think hard about what you want to learn from an internship at the USAHEC.

 

Step 2: Write your Resume and Cover Letter

Write a well thought out cover letter describing why you think your skills and experiences will help to strengthen the USAHEC team. Also include a resume or CV pertinent to the type of internship you are applying for.

Step 3: Send it in

Email the .pdf application, the cover letter, and the resume/CV to the internship coordinator with the subject line "INTERN (Last Name)." In the body of the email, include your first and last name, school, major, and three good dates and times you can come in for an interview. We will review your application and get back in touch with you.

Email: usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.ahec-ves@army.mil

If you have questions or would like to discuss options,
please contact the USAHEC at (717) 245-3972 and ask for the Internship Coordinator.