NAGARA Internship Program

During the 2018 Joint Annual Meeting of CoSA/NAGARA/SAA held in Washington, D.C. the NAGARA Board of Directors discussed and authorized the creation of a new NAGARA Internship Program.

The NAGARA Internship Program endeavors to match under-served local or state archival or records programs and/or institutions with students enrolled in archival and/or records management graduate programs. The internship will provide a $1,500 stipend to each of two students matched with defined projects at two institutions.

In addition to providing institutions and students opportunities for collaboration, the program seeks to create good will with institutions and students where both parties can learn from each other and from the experience.

Student Application Form
(Adobe PDF File)
Intern Project Descriptions
(Adobe PDF File)


The two students selected to participate in NAGARA's inaugural Internship Program are Jackson Bowser (Wright State University) and Jared Butner (Wright State). 

Student Criteria:

  • Focus is on higher education students at any level (undergrad or graduate) enrolled in history, public history, archival or records management degree or certificate programs or that have an interest in pursuing a career as a records professional.
  • Students must submit an application providing appropriate personal information, the university and program in which they are enrolled, relevant job experience, and a brief statement as to why they seek an internship.
  • Students must submit a resume.
  • Students must indicate for which institution(s) they wish to be considered. 
  • Students must provide their own room, board, and means of transportation.
  • Students will have a phone interview with members of the subcommittee and the institution to discuss relevant qualifications.
  • Universities may have additional requirements of interns, which may include, but are not limited to, interim reports, final reports, and/or the writing of other papers or articles.
  • Students will submit a report at the middle and end of their internship describing their work performed, skills used and gained, and their general appraisal of the internship work (did they like it (why/why not)), is it worthwhile, recommendations, etc.
  • Students will receive a monetary award of $1,500.  Award payment schedule (frequency of checks) will be determined in coordination with the winning institutions.  Payment will be paused if the midterm report is not submitted at the agreed-upon date, and the final payment will not be made until the final report is submitted.
  • Payment will come directly from NAGARA to the student.
  • Upon favorable completion of the internship, students will present in coordination with the institution at a NAGARA webinar.


The two institutions selected for the 2020 Internship Program are the Greene County (OH) Records Center and Archives and the Seattle (WA) Municipal Archives and Records Management Program!

Institutional Application Criteria:

  • Applicants must have an active membership in NAGARA (either an Individual or Organizational membership - both work!)
  • Primary focus is local government organizations with demonstrated practice of archival/records management tenets; however, state agencies are also encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to institutions that lack funding to facilitate a paid internship. 
  • An applicant institution must submit a proposal for the internship that outlines the scope of the project, duties and responsibilities of the student, and approximate timeline for project completion.
  • Applicant institution must provide the name of the individual who will supervise the student, along with a CV of relevant related work.
  • Project work of the student must not exceed 120 hours. 
  • The institution must submit to NAGARA a midterm and final report stating work accomplished.
  • The start date and work hours of the internship may commence as soon as convenient after the award with dates and hours decided upon mutually between the institution and the student.  The internship must conclude by the end of August following the award.
  • If the student is receiving academic credit for the internship, the university may have additional criteria for institutional reporting.
  • Upon favorable completion of the internship, institutions and students are expected to present a NAGARA conference, forum, or webinar.