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USCIS History Office and Library Internship Program



Program Name

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) History Office and Library Internship Program


The USCIS History Office and Library preserves and promotes understanding of USCIS history and the histories of its predecessor agencies and programs. Student Interns will assist the History Office and Library staff in providing well-researched responses to reference requests, performing primary source research both in the library’s collection and at the National Archives, and developing content for the USCIS History website.

Program Length

At least 120 hours in a single semester period.


USCIS History Office and Library, Historical Research Branch, Records Division, Enterprise Services Directorate


Washington, D. C.




Eligibility Requirements

To be considered you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be age 16 or older
  • Be able to obtain and hold a security clearance  and  drug screening test
  • Be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled at least half-time at a college, university, or other accredited educational institution
  • Preference is given to scholars currently enrolled in graduate-level programs related to public history, history, or archival studies and upper level undergraduate students majoring in history or related fields requiring strong research and writing skills. Students must be in good academic standing with their institution 

Application Deadline

Spring Semester: September 30
Summer semester: January 10
Fall semester: May 1

Application Requirements and How to Apply

Download Application (PDF, 39 KB)

To apply, students must submit a resume, cover letter, an unofficial copy of their transcripts and a completed application form to Only  applications submitted by email will be considered.

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Program Objectives

Students will have the opportunity to:


  • Enhance and build upon current educational or professional experiences and/or expertise related to historical research and the development of historical publications and online exhibits
  • Apply academic learning to real-world projects and assignments
  • Develop workplace skills and acquire specific experience needed to pursue professional goals
  • Explore the federal work environment and learn about the history, mission, and responsibilities of USCIS

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Scholar Responsibilities

Students should accomplish the following during their Internships:

  • Contribute substantially to research projects related to the history of USCIS, its predecessor agencies, or federal immigration and naturalization policies in general.
  • Perform original research in USCIS and legacy agency records located at the National Archives
  • Propose and develop content suitable for the USCIS History and Genealogy website
  • Become knowledgeable of USCIS’s history and mission


All materials produced by Student Interns while working at USCIS become the property of USCIS and will be maintained by the USCIS History Office and Library.

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Salary and Benefits

  • Student Interns are unpaid and not entitled to benefits through the federal government as they are not federal employees.
  • Unpaid Student Interns are protected in the event of job related injuries under the Federal Torts Reform Act.
  • Relocation expenses and recruitment incentives are not paid for Student Interns.

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