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Practicum or Independent Study Opportunities

We work with UW-Madison departments to provide practicum and independent study opportunities for students from history, library science and information, museum studies and other archives-related disciplines.

Students projects may include: digitizing photos or audio; processing artifact and poster collections; creating indexes or finding aids for a manuscript collection; preserving a glass negative collection.

Opportunities will depend on available collections and your specific course or area of study requirements.

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

If you are interested in learning more about independent study or practicum opportunities, email your request, including learning objectives and time requirement (e.g. 80 hours, 120 hours, etc.), a current resume and two references to uwarchiv@library.wisc.edu. 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.

For more information about paid positions with the UW General Library System, visit Library Jobs for Students.

Navy cadets receive care packages, 1942, #S05436

Navy cadets receive care packages, 1942, #S05436

Cadets marching through Camp Randall Arch, 1929. #S05418

Cadets marching through Camp Randall Arch, 1929. #S05418

UW commencement, 1970s. #S05308

UW commencement, 1970s. #S05308

Engineers vs. Lawyers Snowball Fight, #uwar01414

Engineers vs. Lawyers Snowball Fight, #uwar01414

Dow Chemical protest, #S08285

Dow Chemical protest, #S08285