The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) seeks an energetic and self-motivated intern to work with the Oral History Program of the Center for Contemporary History and Policy. Located one block from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, CHF aims to preserve, promote, and cultivate interest in the history of the chemical and molecular sciences. The organization’s oral history program documents the chemical sciences and chemical process industries based on interviews with eminent scientists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders. The internship will expose the successful applicant to aspects of the oral history process while concentrating on a few specific projects. This paid internship is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable professional experience at a dynamic historical organization, make useful contacts, and learn firsthand about career options in applied history. Past interns have drawn on their experience in writing senior theses and in other projects.


• Assists in the preservation of the program’s audio and paper collection. Relevant activities include organizing audiocassette collection, transferring analog recordings to digital, and maintaining the digital and paper archive.

•Assists in processing oral history transcripts. Relevant activities include conducting library research on interviewees, editing transcripts, auditing transcripts, and final processing of transcripts.

•Contributes to the public understanding of CHF activities by participating in events and other duties as assigned.


• Undergraduate entering his/her junior or senior year majoring in anthropology, history of science, twentieth century history, chemistry or a related science, or a related field.

•Must have taken at least two courses in the chemical or molecular sciences.

•Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including good proofreading skills.

•Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

Contact Info: Ms. Rasheedah S. Young, Program Manager, Oral History Chemical Heritage Foundation 315 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106-2702

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