Thank you for your interest in an internship with the San Diego History Center!

A complete internship application package consists of a resume, cover letter, and online application including your daily availability and desired start and end dates. A staff member will follow up within 2 weeks. Applications will be kept on file for one year. 

Please note that you must be at least 18 years old for many, but not all, of our potential internship opportunities. If you are under 18 years old, please use the online volunteer application for minors and indicate "internship" as your opportunity preference. 

Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*). Please provide adequate detail in the application to ensure we that we can find the best match for your background and interests. Once you have completed the form, click the Continue button at the bottom.

Some internship opportunities are very limited. Completing an application does not guarantee a position. All internship applicants are required to be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at an accredited institution.

Personal Information


This information is optional and used only to help us understand the demographic make-up of our interns and volunteers. SDHC is an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate in intern/volunteer selection on the basis of information provided in this section.


Please enter your current level of education, the academic institution you are currently attending and your academic/internship advisor contact information.

Special Skills/Certifications

Please choose as many as apply. The more skills you identify the better we can match you to open opportunities.

Availablity/Assignment Preferences

Please choose your preferred internship assignment. Internships are either general or specific to a department. For a full list of current internship opportunities, please visit our website

Note: Collection department opportunities including Archives and Photograph Collection are not available after 5pm or on weekends.

Emergency Contact

In the event of an emergency whom should we notify?

Why do you want to intern with SDHC?

Please answer the following question: Why do you want to intern with the San Diego History Center?


Please provide one academic or professional references. If you have prior volunteer experience please use that experience as a reference.

Image/Media Release

By checking the box below you grant the San Diego History Center the right to use your image for museum displays, educational programming, marketing, and any other public relations media it deems necessary. Please check the box to confirm your agreement to allow SDHC to use your image. If you decline this agreement, do NOT check the box.

Authorization for Background Check

By checking the box below, I authorize the SDHC to conduct a criminal background investigation before and during my service.


Completing this acknowledgement is required for your application to be considered.

Please read the following carefully before checking:

By checking the box below and entering my digital signature, I certify that the information contained in this application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and agree to have any of the statements and references checked by the History Center. I understand that volunteer placement is a selection process and not all applicants are accepted into the program. I also understand that the History Center reserves the right to place volunteers in the area that staff feels is best suited to both their skills and the needs of the organization.

I agree the History Center and I both have the right to terminate my volunteer service at any time, with or without cause or notice, for any reason. I agree that this constitutes an integrated agreement with respect to the at-will nature of my volunteer relationship, that it is final and binding and that there are no oral or collateral agreements regarding the issue. Furthermore, this application does not constitute, in any way, that I am a paid employee of the San Diego History Center, nor its affiliates and I am solely a non-paid volunteer of the History Center by my own will and understanding. Nor does anything in this document act as promise of future paid employment with the San Diego History Center.

In consideration of my voluntarism, I agree to follow the policies and procedures of the History Center. I further agree changes in the terms and conditions of volunteer service may be affected or implemented at the sole and absolute discretion of SDHC. I have read and understand this document in its entirety and by signing below agree to comply fully with all rules and regulations set forth by the History Center. I also understand that SDHC reserves the right to change, modify, revoke, update this document and/or any rules, regulations, processes, procedures, etc. at any time and for any reason.