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Volunteers, Internships, and Service Learning Programs

There are numerous opportunities available in the Research Center. Volunteers and interns may assist the public in the Research Center, or work behind the scenes with the collections. All volunteers and interns must agree to a background check before being accepted into the program. If you are interested in volunteering, complete our volunteer profile.

Volunteer Profile

Contact Us

To inquire about volunteer or intern positions, please contact:
Carol Jasak
Librarian, Registrar, and Volunteer Coordinator

Current Openings

Learn about openings in the following areas:
Digitization Department
Library Collections and Technical Services Department
Manuscripts Department
Newspaper Department
Photograph Archives

Digitization Department Internship Opportunities

Interns will work with newspaper, audio/oral history, video/film, and photograph collections. They will process and describe these archival collections at the direction of OHS staff and gain valuable work experience with all aspects of the archival process.

Digital interns will scan images, scrapbooks, documents, and catalogs as part of the OHS mission to make archival collections accessible to the public. Interns will use digital technologies to create and enhance electronic access to our collections.

Best qualified candidates will
  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
  • Have basic research skills using databases, online portals, and online information sources
  • Be able to lift and carry up to thirty-five pounds
  • Interns must set a schedule and abide by that schedule between the hours of 8 am–5 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • The digitization department requires interns to work a minimum of eight hours week. Interns are not permitted to work a shift that is less than three hours.
To apply

Applicants who wish to intern with the digitization department may email cjasak@okhistory.org with a statement of intent no more than 100 words in length. After your email is received, staff will contact you to set up an interview. Students should first consult with their advisor or internship liaison for direction and/or approval. Interns must agree to a background check before they may begin work. Please include: name, email, phone number, current school, major(s)/minor(s), and experience.

Current projects
Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation Digitization Project
The OHS partnered with the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation to create a digital archive of hundreds of thousands of historical documents, blueprints, park designs, maps, aerial photographs, and microfilm. This project involves arrangement, description, digitization, indexing, metadata creation, and quality control processes.

Oklahoma Oral History Project
This project includes audio and sound preservation, editing, and digitization. It includes the digitization and cataloging of more than 11,000 physical items.

Library Collections and Technical Services Department Volunteer/Internship Opportunities

Volunteer Projects
  • Shelving books and other library materials.
  • Updating the library catalog, databases, indexes, and finding lists.
  • Compiling lists of materials for exchange with other libraries.
  • Creating labels and signs to help patrons locate library materials.
  • Maintaining the proper book order and location by shelf-reading.
  • Helping with inventory projects.
  • Preparing items for the book sale.
  • Assisting with the OHS Research Division book sale.
Requirements for Volunteers
  • Volunteers must be able to use computers, type accurately, and be detail oriented.
  • Some projects will also require lifting, pushing, and pulling (up to thirty pounds).

Projects will be assigned to volunteers based on their skills and schedule. Training will be provided.

Internship Projects
We have internship projects available in the following core areas:
  • Collection development and management;
  • Cataloging and classification;
  • Preservation.

Specific projects will be assigned by the Technical Services librarian following an interview with the candidate.

Requirements for Interns
Candidates must be:
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program;
  • Available to work within the department's hours of operation (Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9 am–4 pm). Work shifts must be between two–six hours per day day; maximum twenty hours per week;
  • Capable of lifting, pushing, and pulling (up to 30 lbs.);
  • Detailed oriented; consistent; problem solvers; and self-disciplined.

Internships are unpaid and last for a minimum of 40 hours. Candidates must apply at least two months prior to the internship starting date. An interest in cataloging and the history of printing and libraries will make the internship process more meaningful and enjoyable.

Manuscripts Department Volunteer/Internship Opportunities

All projects in the manuscripts department require data entry on a computer as well as the time commitment to complete the project assigned in a timely manner.

Processing Collections
  • Sorting by date or topic
  • Housing collections in archival folders/boxes
  • Data entry in the online catalog
  • Describing collections
  • Data entry in Excel spreadsheets
  • Collecting information for indexes to be put on the website
  • Switching out old folders for new
  • Replacing boxes as necessary
  • Checking descriptions on folders against information in the catalog
Map\Architectural Plan Collection
  • Inventory of items
  • Work with an Excel Spreadsheet to collection information
  • Housing maps in folders
  • Unwrapping and housing architectural plans

Newspaper Department Volunteer/Internship Opportunities

Microfilming newspapers
  • Including both current and historic newspapers
  • No prior experience needed; all training done on-site
Digitizing microfilm
  • Scanning microfilm rolls on using NextStar scanners
  • Indexing digital files using Excel
  • Some familiarity and comfort with computers preferred
Research projects
  • Researching and writing short biographical essays on the history of the newspaper titles in our collection
  • Essays will be posted on The Gateway to Oklahoma History
  • Some work can be done at home
  • This is a great internship opportunity!

Photograph Archives Volunteer Opportunities

The Photograph Archives is currently accepting volunteers to assist with the filing of paperwork.