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Thank you for your interest in the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) Student Volunteer Program. The program offers internship, federal work study, service learning, and community service opportunities to students actively enrolled in an institution of higher learning.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for one of three terms (Fall, Spring, or Summer), each term lasting no more than 90 days. These positions are without compensation; however, you may be eligible to receive academic credit from your college or university. Please see our How to Apply page for information on program requirements, application timelines, and links to the online application form.

Applicants are encouraged to read the MDAH division descriptions below before submitting an application.

Divisions of MDAH

ADMINISTRATION

The division provides essential services to citizens, staff, and the external community in department fiscal operations, in building and grounds maintenance, risk management, information technology, dissemination of public information, and human resource administration.

ARCHIVES AND RECORDS SERVICES

The division oversees the state archives and the public reading rooms, where documents, photographs, and other items from the collection are made available to the public free of charge. Historians and librarians assist patrons with research on the political, military, religious, social, economic, and cultural history of the state. The division also helps state agencies, counties, municipalities, school districts, libraries, and other local government entities manage the official documents created by each group.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION

The division works with individuals and local governments across the state and provides grants, tax incentives, and technical assistance from on-staff architectural historians and archaeologists for preservations projects. It oversees, among others, the State Historical Marker, Mississippi Landmark, and National Register of Historic Places programs.

HISTORIC PROPERTIES

The division administers several sites open to the public—the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Historic Jefferson College, Windsor Ruins, and Winterville Mounds.

Grand Village of the Natchez Indians

The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians was the main ceremonial center of the Natchez Indians from 1682 until 1729. The 128-acre site features a plaza and three mounds, a reconstructed Natchez Indian house, a nature trail, and museum. The annual Natchez Powwow features traditional Native American dancing, foods, and crafts.

Historic Jefferson College

Located in Washington, Mississippi, Historic Jefferson College was incorporated in 1802, making it the first institution of higher learning in Mississippi. Visitors can tour the restored West Wing, the kitchen buildings, Prospere Hall, and the T.J. Foster Nature Trail. Popular annual events include the Copper Magnolia Festival in the fall, a Civil War re-enactment, vintage baseball games, and the Children's Victorian Christmas Celebration.

Winterville Mounds

Located outside Greenville, Mississippi, Winterville Mounds is the site of a prehistoric ceremonial center built by a Native American civilization that thrived from about A.D. 1000 to 1450. The mounds, part of the Winterville society's religious system, were the site of sacred structures and ceremonies. The 42-acre site features eleven mounds, dual plazas, and a museum. Winterville Mounds is the site of year-round popular events, including the annual Native American Days.

MUSEUM DIVISION

The division oversees the Eudora Welty House, Old Capitol Museum, Governor’s Mansion, Manship House Museum, and the Museum of Mississippi History and Civil Rights Museum projects.

Administration

The Museum Division administration serves as support to the various MDAH museum sites. The division provides care for the museum collections and creates and implements educational resources and programs.

Eudora Welty House

The Eudora Welty House in Jackson interprets the life and work of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. The museum works to foster a love of reading and literature, an appreciation of the arts, and inspire the creative endeavors of future artists and writers.

Old Capitol Museum

The circa-1839 Old Capitol Museum is the most historic building in the state and the oldest building in downtown Jackson. The museum interprets the distinguished history of the building and the events that have taken place in it. Interactive multimedia exhibits explore the roles of the legislature, governor, and high court, as well as the importance of historic preservation to the state, the activities that took place in the building after the New Capitol was constructed in 1903, and much more.

Governor’s Mansion

First occupied in 1842, the Mississippi Governor's Mansion is the second oldest continuously occupied governor’s residence in the United States.

Manship House Museum

This site is closed for repair. The Manship House Museum is an 1857 Gothic Revival cottage villa once occupied by Charles Henry Manship and his family. A talented craftsman, Manship also served as mayor of Jackson during the Civil War.

 

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please refer to our FAQ section or contact us at the information provided below.

E-mail: studentvolunteers@mdah.state.ms.us

Telephone: 601-576-6865

Fax: 601-576-6917

MDAH is an Equal Opportunity Employer