Internships at CCHS 

Local history is replete with events, people, places, and objects that helped shape not only local Cumberland County history but also the history of our state and nation. Understanding and appreciating our past can help us understand the world we live in today. When people walk through the doors at CCHS, they are provided an important link to the past. They encounter artifacts and documents that tell the stories of evolving lives, a changing world, and the ideas and dreams that shaped our country.

Open to all majors, internships at CCHS provide structured learning experiences that contribute to the preservation and sharing of Cumberland County history and heritage. Interns will acquire unique, hands-on professional experience in fields such as research, archival skills, curatorial work, and outreach, along with an understanding of how non-profit organizations operate. A typical internship provides the student with a self-directed project while also being involved in day-to-day operations at CCHS. Projects are determined based on the interests of the student and the needs of the CCHS. 

Volunteer Internships in our different departments include:

  • Museum
  • Outreach / Event Intern
  • Social Media Interns
  • Retail Interns
  • Education / History Camp Interns
  • Audio – Visual Interns
  • Docents / Visitor services
  • Library/Archive Intern

Past interns have researched and written articles for our Journal, created and contributed to exhibits, developed and assisted in programs for students and the public, created finding aids for the collection, organized and cataloged collections and even assisted in History on High the Society’s gift shop or G.B. Stuart History Workshop.

Please fill out the following application to be considered for an internship at CCHS.

Internship Application

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    CCHS will work with you to suit your internship to your preferred area of interest dependent on staff availability while also trying to provide you with a wide range of opportunities.
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Please send one letter of recommendation or endorsement to CCHS at or via mail:
Cumberland County Historical Society
21 N. Pitt St.
Carlisle, PA 17013
Attn: CCHS Internship Program

For any questions about internships with CCHS, contact Cara Curtis, Archives and Library Director, at or 717-249-7610 x111.