Are you exploring the field of historic preservation and looking for some real-world experience? The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Keystone Internship Program provides opportunities to pursue your professional growth and contribute to sharing Pennsylvania’s rich heritage with the public.

We’d like to invite college and graduate school students interested in historic preservation, archaeology, community planning, cultural resources, architectural history, public history, and other related fields to apply for their summer 2024 interning experience.

The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO) is offering two internships this year in our Harrisburg office: one related to archaeology and the other related to the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program. This paid internship is an excellent way for you to build your portfolio while helping PHMC and the PA SHPO preserve Pennsylvania’s important older and historic places.

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PA SHPO interns and staff visited Fort Halifax in June 2023 to learn about the archaeology work happening there.


The Keystone Summer Internship Program is designed to provide pre-professional training to students interested in pursuing a career in history, historic preservation, or museums. The internship is intended to be an integral part of the student’s academic training and students are encouraged, although not required, to seek credit for their internships.

  • Interns will be paid $16.67 per hour.
  • Interns must work a minimum of 225 hours and are eligible to work up to 300 hours within the program timeframe. Schedule and work hours will be based upon operational needs and finalized between selected interns and their supervisor.
  • Internship period is 10 weeks between May 13th and August 23rd 2024.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, enrolled at a college or university in an undergraduate or graduate program, and must hold a minimum of a 2.5 GPA at the time of their internship.

Applications are due by 2/2/2024 11:59 PM EST.

Archaeology Internship

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is offering an internship with the Archaeology section of our Environmental Review division. You will work with PA SHPO staff to make geomorphology survey data more accessible to professional archaeologists.

Geomorphology surveys are often a crucial first step in identifying archaeological sites, especially along streams and rivers. PA SHPO has hundreds of geomorphology reports in our records, but many of these surveys are not currently mapped in PA-SHARE (PA SHPO’s online data management and cultural resource GIS). You will map and transpose geomorphology survey data into PA-SHARE, making these reports quickly accessible for the first time.

Throughout the summer you will learn how PA SHPO advises state and federal agencies under the Pennsylvania History Code and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of when and why geomorphological investigations are conducted in this process, learn how to record archaeological sites with the PA SHPO, and conduct archaeological site and project field views.

Visit our website to learn more about the Environmental Review division.

Read the internship posting for more information and to apply.

Keystone Grant Program Internship

The Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program is one of the few funding opportunities to support historic preservation throughout the commonwealth. This competitive program provides grants to non-profit organizations and municipalities for capital improvements at historic sites listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Funding is also available for planning projects that support community-based historic preservation initiatives. Over its 30-year history, the program invested $50.2 million in almost 1,000 projects throughout the commonwealth.

As an intern, you will work within the Incentives Division of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to critically evaluate the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program through a comparative analysis of other similar grant programs offered by other SHPOs throughout the country. This internship will involve research, writing, synthesizing information, and collaborating with local preservation partners and SHPO staff.

You will learn about the current PHMC Keystone grant program and gain an understanding of the life-cycle of a grant project through its application, evaluation, selection, and execution. Working alongside members of the PA SHPO team in a traditional and virtual professional office environment, you will gain experience in the importance of Pennsylvania’s historic properties, community preservation, and applying preservation theory to historical criteria.  At the conclusion of the internship, you will have a portfolio of work products and experience in grant evaluation.

Visit our website to learn more about the Keystone Grant Program planning grants and construction grants.

Read the internship posting for more information and to apply.

Other PHMC Opportunities

Many PHMC historic sites throughout the commonwealth are offering internships in public history, education, interpretation, visitor services, museum operations, collections management, and curation at the PA State Archives, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and many of our historic sites.

Search all of PHMC’s listings on our website.

How to Apply

Applying is easy – simply click the link for the internship you’re interested in from our website.

Please note that an unofficial transcript must be uploaded as part of the application process. Submissions will be reviewed and applicants will be notified if selected for a virtual interview.

Questions regarding the Keystone Summer Internship Program may be directed to MegAnn Carey at

Applications are due by 2/2/2024 11:59 PM EST.