Student Employment in Special Collections and University Archives at UMD!

Interested in a career as a librarian or archivist? Are you detail-oriented and organized? Looking for a job on campus with great colleagues? Special Collections and University Archives is hiring hourly student assistants!


Student assistants in Special Collections and University Archives at UMD experience a wide variety of public and behind-the-scenes elements of the special collection library/archival field.  They work closely with curators and library staff to make accessible some of the University’s most valuable research collections.

Our collections cover a wide variety of subjects/formats, including literary manuscripts and rare books, UMD history, labor history, the state of Maryland and other historical collections, mass media and culture, and women’s history.

We are looking for reliable and enthusiastic students who have an ability to learn quickly, with excellent written and verbal communication skills, a passion for history and cultural heritage, and a willingness to work both independently and collaboratively with students and staff.

Efficiency in computer programs such as Word or Excel are preferred. Students must also be able to retrieve archival boxes and books that may be heavy or fragile for researchers in the reading room. Experience in an archives/special collection library or conducting research in a library is helpful, but not essential.

We are currently hiring student assistants in the following areas:

  • Maryland and Historic Collections Team
    • Function as part of the MDHC Reference and Retrieval Team by assisting with readying materials for researchers, responding to reference requests, and conducting short-term research.
    • Assist MDHC Graduate Assistant with accessioning donations and processing two large collections.
    • Provide support (planning-publicity-run-of-show) for:  university- level initiatives, such as The 1856 Project–the local chapter of Universities Studying Slavery and for statewide partnerships, such as the Maryland History and Culture Collaborative.
    • Opportunities to learn how to transcribe 19th century documents.
    • Covering shifts on the public service desks, including the Hornbake welcome desk and reading room retrieval desk as needed.

  • Mass Media and Culture Collections Team
    • Processing new and backlog collections that include printed as well as audiovisual materials
    • Inventorying audiovisual materials
    • Contributing to digital history projects related to broadcasting
    • Covering shifts on the public service desks, including the Hornbake welcome desk and reading room retrieval desk as needed.
  • University Archives Collections Team
    • Assist in short-term and long-term reference research.
    • The student will also help with accessioning incoming collections, provide support for instruction, will generate social media content, work with unit level initiatives, such as Project STAND and university level projects, such as The 1856 Project, the Universities Studying Slavery Chapter for the University of Maryland. 
    • Covering shifts on the public service desks, including the Hornbake welcome desk and reading room retrieval desk as needed.

Applicants must be able to maintain a consistent schedule of at least 15-20 hours per week. Working hours are available from 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday. The starting pay rate is $15. Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. These are hourly student positions only; not graduate assistantships. The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply:

Send a resume and brief cover letter (PDF format preferred) expressing interest in one or more of the positions described above to Amber Kohl at

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