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The Library of Congress (LOC), Smithsonian Institution (SI) and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) Internship Programs are unique opportunities for MC students to experience the professional environment of world-class museum and library research activities.

Internship Activities:

Samples of the types of activities in which an intern may participate and contribute are: assisting with new or on-going research programs in one of a wide range of topic areas; performing collection analysis and organization; designing and preparing new exhibits; abstracting and archiving academic materials; planning new educational programs and assisting and guiding museum patrons with their museum visits. Final placement of the students is done by the Smithsonian Internship Coordinator, the Library of Congress Internship Coordinator, and the Holocaust Museum Director of Museum Services and is subject to the availability of opportunities in each institution.

Eligibility for the Internship:

Students studying in every discipline at MC are eligible to apply for this wonderful opportunity. Preference will be given to students with a well-rounded academic and community-service background. Students who apply must:

  • be currently enrolled at MC;
  • have completed 15 credit hours of coursework at MC;
  • be at least 16 years of age at the time the internship commences;
  • have earned a 3.4 overall GPA;
  • be matriculated for a degree;
  • have completed EN 102, with a grade of B or better prior to commencement of internship.

Please note: These institutions typically require candidates to undergo a security background investigation and fingerprinting before they are placed into an internship.

The Application Process:

View this slide show to help you better understand the process of applying for a PPHI Internship.

To apply for an internship, students should download the PPHI Internship Application Materials to their computer, fill out the required forms, and then submit their application materials in electronic format (Word or PDF files) to Professor Bette Petrides, PPHI Internship Coordinator at

Application Materials

The application materials provide very detailed advice on how to apply. Read everything carefully; heed the advice given.

A Complete Application Package Will Include the Following:

  • The internship application form (word-processed, not by hand)
  • An up-to-date academic resume (use our format)
  • An application essay (500 – 1000 words)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, on MC letterhead from the applicant's academic teaching faculty
  • Two (2) recommendation forms completed by the faculty recommenders
  • Applicant’s official transcript (Request and pay for an official transcript to be sent from the College directly to Professor Petrides.)

Professor Bette Petrides
Campus Commons, MT 212
Montgomery College
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850

Application Review and Placement:

Each prospective student intern's application materials will be reviewed by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute's Humanities Internship Advisory Committee. The process is competitive, and only the strongest applications are sent on to the internship coordinators at the Smithsonian Institution (SI), Library of Congress (LOC) and Holocaust Museum (USHMM). Those coordinators will attempt to make matches between researchers'/curators' needs for the student interns and the skills, abilities, and back grounds of the current internship applicants.

Accepted applicants are not guaranteed internship placement. Placements ultimately depend upon the availability of suitable internships. If placed, students will be contacted directly by the appropriate research institution and will be asked to interview with the researcher/curator and to complete intake process (which typically involves a background check and fingerprinting).

Internship Commitment:

The internship requires a commitment of 240 hours of service to the institution where the student is placed. Internships are available in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Internships span one academic semester and involve an onsite commitment of no more than 16 hours per week (during fall and spring) and 20 hours per week during the summer. Schedules are agreed upon between the research institution and the intern prior to the start of work.

Students are required to enroll in a three-credit honors course, HP275PA/PB/PH, which corresponds to the internship placement (LOC, SI or USHMM). Normal tuition rates for this course apply. Stipends of $1,250 may be available to program interns as funding is available and are intended to help with tuition and/or transport costs related to commuting to the internship site.

MC Honors (HP275PA/PB/PH) Coursework
Students will write a minimum of 35 pages for this course. Assigned work includes, for example: academic journals that reflect on daily experiences while interning, an annotated bibliography and a research paper. Interns meet with their MC faculty mentor (teacher) five times during fall and spring semester internships or three times for summer placements. At these meetings, they will discuss the progress of the internship and their academic assignments. The class times are arranged at the beginning of the schedule and consideration of interns' work, interning, course, and home schedules are taken into consideration. Students also meet for three Intern Seminars, one for internship orientation, once on a social basis to exchange ideas and experiences with other PPHI interns and once to present internship experiences and research with other PPHI interns.

Evaluation of Your Performance:

You will be evaluated by your mentor at the SI, LOC, or USHMM. This evaluation will be considered alongside your written coursework and participation to determine your final grade for the semester.

For More Information about the PPHI Humanities Internship Program:

Professor Bette Petrides, Coordinator, PPHI Humanities Internship Program

Sara Bachman Ducey, Director, Paul Peck Humanities Institute


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