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Guide to Special Collections & Archives

Student Jobs

Cal State LA’s Special Collections and Archives student assistant program seeks to provide an opportunity for Cal State LA students who are interested in the library science, archival and museum field. Student assistants are paired with collections and projects that relate to their area of interest and field of study. Working closely with the University Library Archivist, you will have to opportunity to build a program that works for your academic needs and interests.

As a student assistant you are fully integrated into the management and operations of the unit by attending staff meetings and contributing to decisions on polices and procedures. Student assistants also participate in public outreach by drafting blog and social media posts, and assisting with exhibits, tours, presentations, and events.

Application Process: We are no longer accepting Student Assistant applications. Please check back this us toward the end of Spring Semester 2019

Past student assistants have had a range of interdisciplinary academic backgrounds: Art and Graphic Design, Art History, Computer Science, English, History, Anthropology, Communications, Latin American Studies, and Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies among others. They have worked, taken courses or interned at a range of local and national museum, library and cultural heritage institutions:

  • The Getty Research Institute
  • The Library of Congress
  • The Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA)
  • The Autry Museum
  • The Museum of Social Justice
  • The Heritage Square Museum
  • The Southwest Museum of the American Indian
  • The University of Chicago Library, Preservation Department
  • California Rare Book School (CalRBS)
  • The Rare Book School (RBS).

Current Student Assistants:

Jocelyn Acosta, Anthropology, Graduate Student

Cyrene Cruz, History, Graduate Student

Bryce Van Ross, Mathematics, Undergraduate Student

Joseph Juarez, Marketing, Undergraduate Student

Sergio Lopez, History, Graduate Student

Patrick O'Rourke, History, Undergraduate Student

Lindsay Reeder, Art History, Undergraduate Student

Daniel Rivas, Television, Film and Media, Undergraduate Student

Arielle Steimer-Barragán, Latin American Studies, Graduate Student


Cal State LA Special Collections and Archives Volunteer Program

Interested in archival work, curatorship or special collections librarianship? Don't know where to start? 

Cal State LA Special Collections and Archives welcome you to apply to our volunteer program! Volunteers play an important role within Special Collections & Archives, contributing to the overall success of the department.

Volunteers should have an interest in community and university archives; rare books; or archival management and rehousing. Volunteers should be able to spend at least four hours a week on assigned tasks. Opportunities are offered in the spring, summer, and fall semesters.

Current volunteers interested in extending their appointment will need to reapply.

Available projects:

  • Rehousing rare books by creating customized enclosures
  • Compiling an inventory list for incoming and backlogged collections
  • Assist with digital project maintenance
  • Conduct research for future programs and exhibitions

Spring appointment: Thursday, January 17-May 18, 2019

To apply for Spring 2019, submit your cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae to

Deadline for submitting your application is Friday, November 16, 2018


Former volunteer, Virginia Castañeda (Art History MA student) and former Archives Assistant, Allina Nunley (Adjunct English Instructor) participating at the Mourning Tours Event at the Heritage Square Museum.


John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300