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Internships and Volunteering

Volunteers learn about cemetery surveying
Volunteers learn about cemetery surveying
Noble County, IN

The Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology regularly seeks volunteers to do research or take part in field surveys.


The internship program offers professional training to undergraduate and graduate college students. These unpaid internships allow students to gain skills for employment in public history, historic preservation and archaeology. The program also helps maintain the strong bond between DHPA staff and regional collegiate faculty and students.
Interns may create and edit historiographic documents, write press releases for upcoming events, and assist in creating and maintaining historical databases and surveys.

Internships are available in the DHPA offices of Special Projects (cemeteries, historic theaters, Underground Railroad and data management), Archaeology (collection management of artifacts and data management), and National Register of Historic Places (research and writing about historic resources in Indiana).

Interns must work between 20 and 40 hours a week during their internship. Internships are offered during the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Internship hours must be completed Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., which are the DNR Central Office hours. Interns may receive academic credit if an agreement is made between the DNR-DHPA and the intern’s college or university.


Special preference will be given to candidates majoring in museum studies, library science, history, preservation, architecture, archaeology, public history or a related field.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall (deadline July 15)
  • Spring (deadline Oct. 15)
  • Summer (deadline March 15)
  • Application
Fieldwork opportunities in archaeology
Fieldwork opportunities in archaeology


Volunteers have been, and will continue to be, a precious commodity in assisting the State on a variety of projects, including the Cemetery and Burial Ground Registry and Indiana’s Underground Railroad Initiative. Some volunteer opportunities with archaeology projects are also available.

To learn more, contact the DHPA at 317/234-1268 or jrdinius@dnr.IN.gov.