The Diversity in Local History (DLH) grant program was funded by the Washington State Legislature to offer paid internships that support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives at heritage organizations across the state.
Interns must be:
- currently enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education in Washington State, or
- have graduated within the last two years from an accredited institution of higher education and be currently residing in Washington State.
Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to submit materials for consideration. Prospective interns should have an academic area of focus in a history- or humanities-based field, such as:
How: Prospective interns may reach out to organization(s) individually about a specific project or upload their materials to the Washington State Heritage Portal to indicate interest in one or multiple available projects. You can fill out 1 application and be considered for 11 opportunities throughout the state!
- Please Note: Each heritage organization is responsible for contacting their preferred intern applicant to make an offer of employment and the project organization is the sole employer of participating interns.
When: The intern submission form in the Heritage Portal is currently open with a priority deadline of November 29, 2021, at which point all submissions received will be sent to the organizations identified by the interns. After November 29, submissions will continue to be sent to organizations on a rolling basis until all organizations have selected an intern for their project.
Heritage Portal: On the submission form, interns will see descriptions of all 11 projects and will specify interest in one or more projects by selecting “yes” or “no.” Intern materials will only be forwarded to those project organizations for which they select “yes,” meaning project organizations will only receive materials from applicants who indicate interest in their particular project. Click the link below to get started!
(Please be aware that it can take 2-3 business days to create a portal account.)
Available Internship Projects
- Jefferson County Historical Society, Port Townsend, WA, 500 hours to audit collections for underrepresented and missing stories, biased descriptive language, and misidentified items. This work will guide the development of a collecting plan that will ensure diverse and inclusive collections.
- Highline Heritage Museum, Burien, WA, 500 hours to assist in the planning and production of a year-long series of community-partnered events that highlight the history, heritage, and contemporary social justice issues of Highline’s diverse residents.
- Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum, Olympia, WA, 500 hours to develop a community outreach strategy and plan for reaching diverse communities in Olympia with the goal of developing partnered projects and programs. This work will include three or more partnered demonstration projects or programs.
- Everett Museum of History, Everett, WA, 440 hours to assist in writing DEI policies which will be integrated into the organization’s strategic plan and support the creation of policies for programs, governance, human resources, and operations. This project will also include designing a prototype for exhibits which incorporates the expectation of diversity and inclusion.
- The Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle, WA, 360 hours to develop a DEI Inreach and Implementation Plan. This plan will establish inward-facing, mission-focused DEI goals. The project’s purpose is to help sustainably center the organizational culture around equity to advance DEI in future educational work.
- Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, Wenatchee, WA, 360 hours to work with Wenatchee’s Latinx community to gather stories, images, and objects that help the Museum share a holistic view of the community.
- City of Lacey Museum, Lacey, WA, 312 hours to complete an interpretive marker related to local Black activists Thelma and Nat Jackson. As time allows, the intern will also conduct collections auditing related to Black history in Lacey and the surrounding areas.
- Neely Mansion Association, Auburn, WA, 240 hours to consult with the Muckleshoot Tribe to plan, research, design and fabricate a new exhibit for the Neely Mansion. As time allows, the intern will also assist in brainstorming future activities, events, or other opportunities to partner with the tribe.
- Southwest Seattle Historical Society, Seattle, WA, 192 hours to support the research and development of a new exhibit exploring the intersection between Chinese immigrants and white landowners in the Freeport/Milton (now Delridge) neighborhood of West Seattle in the late 19th century.
- Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, Seattle, WA, 160 hours to conduct DEI-focused outreach for the Youth Heritage Project (YHP) with the goal of increasing the racial, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity of student-participants for the July 2022 YHP. This work will broaden the diversity of perspectives among the next generation of our state’s stewards of historic places.
- Franklin County Historical Society, Pasco, WA, 500 hours to audit collections for underrepresented and missing Latinx stories and develop a collecting plan to ensure inclusive collecting practices in the future. The intern will also curate objects from the existing collection that reflect the Latinx community and create interpretive displays, both physical and digital.
Walk through all the projects and the application with DEI Specialist, Andre Jimenez, and hear from three granted organizations about their projects: