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Woman carrying a shovelThe internship program offers professional training to undergraduate and graduate college students. These unpaid internships allow students to gain skills for employment in public history, historic preservation, and archaeology. The program also helps maintain the strong bond between DHPA staff and regional collegiate faculty and students.

Interns work on a variety of projects including but not limited to: Archaeology (collection management of artifacts and data management), National Register of Historic Places (research and writing about historic resources in Indiana), and special projects including contributions to the Cemetery Registry, Historic Theater Initiative, Underground Railroad Research, and DHPA data management.

Interns must work between 20 and 40 hours a week. Internships are offered during the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Internship hours must be completed Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., which are the DNR Central Office hours. Interns may receive academic credit if an agreement is made between the DNR-DHPA and the intern’s college or university.


Special preference will be given to candidates majoring in museum studies, library science, history, preservation, architecture, archaeology, public history, or a related field.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall (deadline July 15)
  • Spring (deadline October 15)
  • Summer (deadline March 15)
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