The Utah Division of State History (UDSH) and the Utah State Historical Society (USHS) offer internship opportunities for select university or college students. Hours for interns are dictated by the sponsoring institution, but the schedule of those hours can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.  Applicants are encouraged to be at least in their third year of undergraduate work. Recent college or university graduates or master’s students are also encouraged to apply. Interns may receive honorariums and college credit, based on the amount of hours tracked.

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Commitment and Reliability

UDSH/USHS internships can substantially benefit from a professional internship experience; State History depends greatly on interns to enhance the programs of the UDSH. Once you have accepted an internship, you become an integral part of State History. It is important that you commit to the internship.

Essential Functions

  • Work closely with and assist UDSH staff and other interns.
  • Plan and implement assignments or projects.
  • Regularly recording and reporting of your activities.
  • Interact with staff, interns and the public in a courteous, prompt and professional manner.


  • Commitment to the many fields and professions in and around history, archaeology, historic preservation, library and archives.
  • Flexibility to make changes and support the programs as needed.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Commitment to the state schedule.
  • Maintain a professional appearance and attitude.


Brief Descriptions of Internships

Archaeology Section: Interns for this program are generally limited to those students interested in pursuing a career path in archaeology or anthropology. Past intern projects included summarizing the known archaeological information for select counties into a publishable paper, pulling together and summarizing thematically linked archaeological information (such as Uranium mining in Grand County or prehistoric use of the Great Salt Lake islands), assisting with archaeological National Register nominations, records management, and a host of other topics.


Interns for this program will provide support to State History’s administrative staff in a wide variety of tasks and special projects. Examples include assisting with meetings and special events, including the annual history conference. Interns will also assist in gathering historical information and photographs to enhance communicating State History’s programs.

Cemeteries & Burials

Interns for this program will help gather data from cemeteries through approved sources.

Historic Preservation

Interns for this program will help develop resources related to researching, surveying, designating and treating historic buildings and structures.

Library & Collections

Interns in this program will assist staff in using resources to answer customer questions, refilling collection materials, update records, assist with collection processing, and preparing materials for public access.

Utah Historical Quarterly

Interns will assist with fact-checking and researching historiography for articles, drafting book notices, developing online resources, pursuing marketing and partnership efforts for the UHQ, and assisting with special events.

Utah History Day

Interns will assist with preparing materials and problem-solving for regional and state student competitions.  May assist in developing curriculum and other educational materials.