Working for the UW Archives

Practicum or Independent Study Opportunities

We work with departments to provide practicum and independent study opportunities for students from history, library science and information, museum studies and other archives-related disciplines. These experiences vary in length and focus, depending on individual course requirements and area of study. Most recently, students have completed projects to include: digitizing photos or audio; processing artifact and poster collections; creating indexes or finding aids for a manuscript collection; preserving a glass negative collection. These are examples of past projects. Current projects will vary, depending on available collections and your specific requirements.

Please communicate with your academic advisor or program coordinator, to be sure our practicum or independant study opportunity fits your specific requirements.

If you are interested in learning more about independent study or practicum opportunities, please email your request, including learning objectives and time requirement (e.g. 80 hours, 120 hours, etc.), a current resume and two references to Please include the text "Independent Study or Practicum Experience Opportunities" in the subject line of your email.

  • Fall semester deadline: June 1st
  • Spring semester deadline: November 1st
  • Summer session deadline: April 1st

All student work occurs during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm. The University Archives is located in Steenbock Library on the UW-Madison campus and accessible by several Metro bus lines.

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