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Rockefeller Archive Center-CCNY Internship Program


The Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) is seeking four City College of New York undergraduate students for the RAC-CCNY Internship Program.  The interns will have an opportunity to experience the broad range of archival and digital humanities work in a professional setting.

This is a paid position. Students may also opt to register for three-hours of course credit. The intern will be required to work remotely for 12-15 hours per week for a total of 180 hours.

Marissa Vassari, Education Program Manager at the RAC, is the program coordinator and will be the supervisor for the interns. The intern’s exact work schedule, in terms of which days and hours they would be available to fulfill the program’s requirements will be discussed and approved at the start of the internship.

The RAC-CCNY Internship Program was started in 2018 and is designed to introduce undergraduates to the archives profession and empower diverse voices in the archival field. This program provides a unique, immersive educational experience within an archival institution for those interested in exploring the profession as a potential career path.


Minimally, the candidate must be an enrolled undergraduate student at the City College of New York. Interns at the RAC are expected to work during the assigned hours, as agreed upon with the internship program coordinator.  They are expected to demonstrate professional demeanor and to deliver entry level professional work.  

RAC-CCNY Internship Objectives:

•    To support the RAC mission
•    To offer opportunities for professional growth
•    To empower students to take ownership of projects
•    To enable students, through exposure to archival standards, to become more discerning consumers and producers of digital content

General Internship Criteria:

•    There will be weekly check-in meetings with the internship program coordinator.
•    Interns will be responsible for discrete projects rooted in digital humanities and archival work.
•    Interns will document their work and internship experience throughout the semester.
•    Interns will be included in selected events and meetings when possible.

Examples of Possible Internship Projects:

•    Archival research, proofreading, and content creation for digital projects
•    Processing an archival collection and creating a finding aid
•    Developing a preservation plan for at-risk archival material
•    Creating infographics and digitally packaging educational resources

About Us:

The Rockefeller Archive Center, an operating foundation with its own substantial endowment, is an independent archive and research center dedicated to the study of philanthropy and the diverse domains it shapes. It was established in 1974 to assemble, preserve, and make accessible the records of the Rockefeller family and the foundations and nonprofits established by the family, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Rockefeller University. Today, the Center's growing holdings include materials from numerous foundations, including the Ford Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund, as well as from many nonprofit organizations. It is also a major repository for the personal papers of leaders of the philanthropic community, Nobel Prize laureates, and world-renowned investigators in science and medicine.  

Located 20 miles north of New York City in Westchester County on a former Rockefeller estate, the Archive Center is easily accessible from major highways and by train on the Metro-North Hudson Line. The Rockefeller Archive Center is an equal opportunity employer. The Center is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

RAC Organizational Framework:

The Rockefeller Archive Center is headed by Jack Meyers, President, Bob Clark, Director of Archives, and Barb Shubinski, Director of Research & Education.

RAC program areas include Collections Management, Processing, Reference, Digital Strategies, and Research and Education.

The Archives and Special Collections Division at the City College of New York is a college archive housing a collection of history that tells the story of America's first tuition-free institution of higher education. Established in 1960, the archival collections document the instruction, teaching, research, alumni, and student life at the College through institutional records, publications, memorabilia, faculty and alumni papers, photographs, blueprints, and media. Biographical information is collected on distinguished alumni, including the ten Nobel laureates who are City College alumni. These collections actively serve the City College community and are of continuing interest to scholars studying the history and sociology of higher education.

Located on the 5th floor of the Cohen Library on the CCNY campus, the Archives and Special Collections are available to City College students, faculty, staff, alumni, and scholars to view and make use of the collections for scholarship and research.

Selected materials have been made available in digital form utilizing different digital platforms presenting four student publications, reports regarding the institutional operation during its first three decades, and a collection of pamphlets and flyers issued by political organizations from 1934 to 1936.





To apply, please send via email to Marissa Vassari, Education Program Manager, mvassari@rockarch.org :

•    A letter explaining your interest in the internship (CCNY or the RAC).

•    Resume

The deadline for internship applications TBA.


Last Updated: 11/01/2022 12:25