Thank you for your interest in interning or volunteering at the Catholic Historical Research Center (CHRC) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia which serves to collect, preserve, and make available to the public the historical records documenting the growth and development of Catholicism within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

CHRC’s collection is unique in that it includes not only the records of the Archdiocese, but also the collections of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia, the oldest Catholic historical society in the country, and the Blessed Sacrament Sisters, including the Saint Katherine Drexel papers.

CHRC only accepts as many interns and volunteers as we have the time to train and supervise.


CHRC is currently seeking individuals who wish to gain practical experience in a professional archival setting. Projects include processing manuscript collections, cataloging materials, including photographs, prints and pamphlets, onto our PastPerfect database, and re-housing manuscript and print materials.

Start date, scheduling, and duration are flexible, but the intern should be willing to commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week for 10 weeks. Internships are currently unpaid, but CHRC is willing to work with the applicant’s institution to arrange course credit.


For internships, CHRC gives preference to candidates who are currently enrolled in or have recently completed a graduate-level program in library science or public history with a concentration or course work in archival management. All prospective interns must be detail-oriented and have strong research, writing, and communication skills. Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references.

Contact: Shawn Weldon,


If you believe one or more of these tasks are right for you, please contact the staff member listed below stating your skills, hours available to volunteer per week, and your time commitment (a few weeks, months, etc.).


Archives/Library Volunteer

Some of the kinds of projects for volunteersmay include: cataloging archival and library materials into our PastPerfect database, creating inventories of collections, re-housing archival collections, and performing other archival and library tasks as needed.

CHRC is looking for interns with skills that are applicable to the tasks required. These include organizational and communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently.

Contact: Shawn Weldon,