A key part of the Center’s mission is supporting academic achievement through education.  Being part of a thriving university gives us an opportunity to train not only future archive users and Arkansas historians, but also to prepare the next generation of archival professionals.  In pursuit of that mission, we offer graduate assistantships and internships for students interested in gaining practical experience in archives.

Graduate Assistantships

The Center has partnered with the UALR Department of History to provide graduate assistantships that offer financial assistance and hands-on experience for students in the University’s Master of Arts in Public History program.The Public History graduate program at UALR trains students to work in museums, archives, historical preservation programs, and a variety of other public and private organizations.  The program’s graduates have an excellent record of finding jobs at these institutions, including the William J. Clinton Presidential Library located in Little Rock.

At CAHC, graduate assistants work directly with the archivists and gain on-the-job learning that is augmented by readings on the theory and practice of archives.  Upon completing an assistantship, each student has a portfolio of finished work demonstrating a set of competencies critical to the archival profession, including processing and digitization for the purpose of public dissemination of history and culture.

Find more about UALR’s Master of Arts in Public History program at


The Center recently announced its Digital Internship Program.  The unpaid internship offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with archival materials, interacting with professional archivists, and developing technical skills necessary to operate within the field of digital archives.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with archival materials to gain experience in several of the following areas: digitizing analog materials, learning standards and best practices for digitization and preservation, working with born-digital materials, developing digital exhibits, and identifying and recording metadata.

Interns weekly hours will be spent assisting the archival staff with regular digital archives duties and special projects.  Interns will also be asked to complete an independent project related to digital archives (preferably with ties to Arkansas history or culture).  CAHC staff will guide and mentor interns as they craft a research question and plan that culminates in a tangible research-based product.

Interns work at least 12 hours per week for 15 weeks.  The Center is open from 9:00-6:00 Monday through Saturday.  A regular work schedule will be negotiated with an internship supervisor.  Students or recent graduates interested in the Digital Internship Program should inquire about the application and deadlines by emailing