10 internships available at the Barack Obama Presidential Library in Hoffman Estates, IL 


Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Interns’ primary task is to prepare documents for digitization. Details are as follows:
  • Remove fasteners (staples, clips, etc.) and bindings
  • Remove non-scannable items & materials (envelopes, boxes, bags, etc.)
  • Identify & alert LP-BHO (Obama Presidential Library) staff of any non-scannable/textual items or materials (AV, electronic textual, artifact)
  • Create Preservation Copies where needed

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Physical document processing, team work, time management.

Work Environment: The work is mostly sedentary and performed while seated, yet interns must be physically able to perform the duties of this position. Physical demands may include climbing ladders, moving heavy carts of records, and handling boxes of archival records typically weighing up to 50 pounds.

Education & Qualifications Requirements:

  • Educational Level/Program:
    • Current or former associate's degree, bachelor's degree, or graduate student
  • Qualifications:
    • Physically able to climb 15-foot ladders and work with boxes weighing up to 50 pounds
    • Can work independently and effectively
    • Can work collaboratively as part of a team
    • Attention to detail


  • Internship Date Options: flexible
  • Weekly Schedule Options:
    • 10-20 hours per week
    • 20-30 hours per week

Area(s) of Interest: Archival Processing, Digitizing Archival Materials, History

For additional information and to apply, visit the National Archives Internship Opportunities page.