Internships / Fellowships

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Internships / Fellowships

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Interns typically participate in all or some of following activities designed to provide hands on experience with typical duties and functions performed in an archival setting: 

Archival Processing Projects

Organization and description of archival collections in accordance with current standards. To include physical organization and rehousing of records, and creation of descriptive tools to faciliate user access to resources.   

Digitization work

Digitization of materials from archival holdings. Creation or editing of metadata associated with these resources.

Reference Duties

Assisting program staff in responses to reference inquiries, including research in the Center’s archival collections, document retrieval, photocopying, answering phone requests, letters and email.    

Collection Management Duties

Assisting archivist in daily management duties, including accessioning collections, inventory, preservation tasks, appraisal of existing collection documentation and other duties as needed.   

Exhibits and Outreach

Assisting the archivist and program staff in activities including exhibit work, preparation for tours and other outreach events.   

Other projects as assigned

Students with special skills or interests will be assigned to collections which best utilize their experience.  For example students interested in cartographic records may catalog or re-house map collections.  Other students may catalog or transcribe oral history interviews, or assist in background research associated with grant proposals, programming, publications, exhibits or other projects as needed.  

Please note that internship opportunities are limited, and are typically awarded to students with specific training or skills relevant to archival work. Please contact Heritage Resources for more information. 



James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships 

Western Washington University’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies welcomes applications for the James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowship, established to promote awareness and use of archival collections at Western and to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. Fellowship funds are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. (Jim) Scott, a founder and first Director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies is a program of Western Libraries' Heritage Resources, located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building. 

About the Fellowship Award 

Fellowship funds have now been awarded for the 2013-2014 academic year - more information will be announced shortly. We expect to post details and deadlines for 2014-2015 fellowship applications in Spring 2014. 

Up to $1000 in funding is available in 2013-2014 to support a scholar or scholars who propose to undertake significant research using archival holdings at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS). The number and size of awards granted annually will be determined by the Fellowship Review Committee. Applications will be accepted from individuals in graduate programs (and/or who are new to the field of historical research and writing) as well individuals who have finished the Ph.D. and/or are published authors. 

Fellowship Requirements

  • Fellows will be expected to spend approximately a week examining CPNWS holdings in support of their research. Additional information about CPNWS collections is available at:
  • Fellows will be asked to give a presentation about some aspect of their research during the course of their scheduled visit. The audience will vary depending on the time of the year, but may include members of the general public as well as area students, faculty and staff.
  • After their residency, Fellows must submit a brief (300-500 word) written statement describing their research and use of CPNWS holdings to support scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. This statement may be quoted from and/or otherwise published by Western Washington University.

Applications  (Fellowship Funds have been now been awarded for 2013-2014. Deadlines for 2014-2015 Fellowship applications TBD)

  • Applications may be submitted via mail or electronically and should include:
  • Cover letter
  • Research plan outlining on-site use of CPNWS holdings and proposed presentation topic.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Please mark applications “Scott Research Fellowship Application” and submit either by email to or by mail to Ruth Steele, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.
  • Funds will be awarded after a Fellow(s) has conducted her/his research at CPNWS and delivered their presentation and written statement. 


2013-2014 Fellow

Dr. Helen Morgan Parmett (WWU Department of Communications). More details to be announced. 

Past Recipients

2012-2013 Dr. Polly Myers (Senior Fellow). As an Instructor in the History Department at Western Washington University, Dr. Myers' research focuses on the employment of women at the Boeing Company in the postwar period, with a secondary project examining women’s roles in anti-nuclear protest in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Myers was in residence during Fall 2012, and delivered a public presentation on the topic of anti-nuclear protest at Fairhaven's Village Books.

2012-2013 Dr. Mary Erickson (Junior Fellow). An Instructor in the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, Dr. Erickson's research focused on the history of audio-visual media production in the Pacific Northwest. She was in residence in Summer 2013 and returned in September to deliver a public presentation about the history of KVOS-TV and Canawest Film Productions (hosted at Western Library Special Collections).

2002 Lissa K. Wadewitz