Student Fellowships 

The William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas, is one of 15 Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Clinton Library, which includes an archival research facility and a museum, is responsible for preserving and processing in perpetuity the official Presidential records, audiovisual materials, and gifts of the Clinton Administration. The Library includes in its mission the enhancing of civic knowledge in learners of all ages. The Clinton Library invites undergraduate and graduate level students to submit applications for our fellowship program for one of three periods: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer.

Fall and Spring Fellows will be awarded a $1000/student stipend to aid in the offset of travel and related expenses with half of the stipend awarded at the midpoint of the fellowship and the remainder awarded at its completion. Summer Fellows will be awarded a $3000/student stipend with half of the stipend awarded at the midpoint of the fellowship and the remainder awarded at its completion.

Three different fellowships are available in each cycle: Archival (paper/electronic/AV records), Museum (3-D artifacts) and Education. All are available to students regardless of major, and the specific fellowships offer exceptional opportunities for students with particular career trajectories as noted below.

Museum Fellowship 

These collections experiences offer exceptional opportunities to students in public history, museum studies and related disciplines such as history, anthropology, and art, who wish to gain firsthand experience in collections-related work.

Job Description: 
Collections interns assist Museum staff with the care of a 100,000 + object collection. Examples of tasks include data entry in collections management software program (TMS), packing and unpacking objects for loan, rehousing objects using proper museum methods, evaluating condition of objects, writing descriptions of objects, measuring objects, and researching the provenance of objects. Interns will receive training in object handling, inventory procedures, and collections management software. They will receive experience working with a wide variety of objects doing many different tasks.

Candidates will possess basic computer skills (MS Office/Google Suite), touch keyboarding skill, an interest in collections/registration work, and the ability to climb ladders and lift 40 pounds. Experience with collections management software or an understanding of relational databases is a plus.

Archival Fellowship 

These overarching archives experiences offer exceptional opportunities to students in history, public history, or archival/library science who wish to gain firsthand experience in archival work.

Job Description: 
During a fellowship, an individual will rotate through the entire archival department. This includes completing arrangement, holdings maintenance, and description of original Presidential records. They will be trained in both systematic and FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) processing for textual, electronic, and audiovisual materials. They will have the opportunity to research and answer reference requests and assist in the research room. They will participate in digitization projects with textual and audiovisual materials.

Candidates will possess basic computer skills (MS Office/Google Suite), and some knowledge of relational databases helpful. Ability to climb ladders and lift boxes from the stacks.

Educational Fellowship 

These experiences offer excellent opportunities for students with an interest in education, museum interpretation, and/or in promoting civic literacy and engagement.

Job Description:
The fellow will work with our education team to develop a variety of programs and resources for all age levels. On occasion, the fellow will lead tours and deliver programs for pre-K - 12th grade school groups visiting the library. Finally, the fellow will work in key elements of planning, promoting, and implementing public programs that take place at the Clinton Library.

Candidates will possess basic computer knowledge, including skills in developing presentations, competence and confidence in oral and written presentations, and an interest in working with learners of all ages.

Requirements and Application Process: 

If the educational institution authorizes course credit, we will be pleased to complete the required evaluation form. Internships require a minimum of 120 hours (spring/fall) and 180 hours (summer) of service or whatever minimum number of hours required for credit by the student’s university.

The following three items should be submitted to the Library at 

1. A resume detailing educational and work experience 

2. A copy of college transcript(s) (copies are allowed) 

3. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member 

For summer fellowships, please have all materials submitted by February 1. For fall fellowships, the deadline is April 1. Finally, for spring fellowships, materials should be submitted by October 1.

Questions may be directed to or to the general reference line at 501.244.2877.