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Through fellowships and internships, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society helps to fulfill its mission to educate the public on the history and heritage of the Capitol building and Congress. Fellows and interns at the Society have made significant contributions to the scholarship on these topics. They are responsible for the research and writing behind many of our publications, including our We the People calendar and the Outstanding Members of Congress series. While providing scholars with both experience and exposure, the internships and fellowships also benefit both the Society and the public.
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society is a private, non-profit, non-partisan educational organization created in 1962 to interpret, preserve and communicate the history of the U.S. Capitol and the U.S. Congress. The Society’s educational programs and publications are designed to make the Capitol, the Congress and its history more accessible to greater numbers of people. The Society sponsors annual scholarly conferences and fellowship programs that contribute fresh and important research on our nation’s democratic and cultural traditions; its staff works closely with the Architect of the Capitol and Committees of Congress to enhance the Capitol collections and archives to make them accessible to Americans of all ages; and it provides special tours, lectures and symposia for its thousands of members and hundreds of thousands of history enthusiasts, scholars, students and the general public.
Each semester the U.S. Capitol Historical Society hosts one or two interns from the undergraduate and/or graduate level to assist the History and Educational Outreach Departments. Interns work on a variety of research-related projects and help administer symposia, youth forums, and other programs. Interns primarily conduct research for our annual We the People historical calendar which involves collecting several historic facts that occurred each day 200 years ago. Research is conducted at various off-site locations, including the Library of Congress’s Main Reading Room and the Newspapers and Periodicals Reading Room. Sources include the Journals of the House and Senate, newspapers, diaries, collected papers, encyclopedias, and almanacs. Interns will also prepare and edit calendar text. This is a wonderful opportunity for any self-motivated student who wishes to improve his or her research skills and gain experience in the practical field of history.
The Society often engages interns from universities and placement agencies such as the Washington Center For Internships and Academic Seminars and the Institute for Experiential Learning. However, all interested applicants are welcome.
The Society is located on Capitol Hill, 3 blocks from Union Station and 5 blocks from Capitol South metro. A small transportation stipend is included. If you are interested in an internship at the Society, please email: Internship Coordinator (uschsuschsorg)