Special Collections Internship

The HSU Library Special Collections is home to rare books, photographs, documents, historic maps, oral histories, and media. The University Archives includes documents related to the history of Humboldt State. For a sampling of our unique collections, please explore the Special Collections website.


The Library Scholar Special Collections internship offers students an opportunity to work with rare and unique materials, processing collections, creating finding aids and digital exhibits that showcase the unique collections of rare books, photographs, documents, historic maps, oral histories, and media. Over the course of a semester, students will have hands-on experience in special collections, archives, public history, and museum studies as a profession.

The Library Scholar Intern will work in a team to complete a variety of projects. Team roles and duties will be tailored to the talents and interests of the intern. In addition to a large group project, Library Scholars may be required to:

  • Maintain an internship log, including experiences and challenges that they encountered over the course of their project.
  • Complete training assignments and blog posts.
  • Assist in processing new accessions: gaining basic physical and intellectual control of manuscript collections, preparing collection guides and marketing collections.
  • Create digital projects: scanning fragile and unique material, creating metadata, working with OMEKA and BePress to exhibit and provide access to material.
  • Contribute to the Special Collection and Library social media accounts, including: Tumblr, HistoryPin, and Flickr.
  • Assist with archival preservation and rehousing of materials.

Spring 2016 Intern group

This is a semester long, paid academic internship. Currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate Humboldt State University students are eligible to apply.  With their academic advisor's approval, interns will receive 2 course credits (total of 90 hours). For more information, please contact Carly Marino, Special Collections Librarian, at

Now after this internship, the Humboldt Room isn’t just a resource it’s also a place I find relaxing, which is why next semester I plan on stopping by to scan more journals. It’s like a second extension of home. I felt out of place my first semester here and being an intern made me feel like part of the school and felt better about my choice to attend HSU.
--Cathlyn Garibay (Library Scholar Intern, Spring 2016)