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Research Archivist Intern, Planning and Evaluation

Location: Greater Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania, USA

Department: Planning & Evaluation

Reports to: Director, Planning & Evaluation

Internship Type:  Paid

Position Type: Full-time or part-time temporary internship (summer or fall) for a duration of up to 3 months

Organization and Position

The mission of the John Templeton Foundation is to support interdisciplinary research and catalyze conversations that inspire awe and wonder. We are working to create a world where people are curious about the wonders of the universe, free to pursue lives of meaning and purpose, and motivated by great and selfless love. This position will focus on the foundation’s areas of historical grantmaking.

Learning Outcomes

The intern will gain experience conducting research on the foundation’s areas of historical grantmaking, using a variety of electronic databases and systems. The intern will work with the Planning and Evaluation team to align the scope of the internship with both the needs of the JTF team as well as their interests and professional development goals. 

Areas of Responsibility

  • Reviewing, organizing, scanning and synthesizing the foundation’s electronic and paper grantmaking related records.
  • Supplementing existing foundation records with additional data from internet data sources, including academic publications, internal documents, scholarly curriculum vitae, etc.
  • Preparing materials for potential oral history projects – identifying candidates, potential interview questions, gathering contact information, etc.
  • Support other strategic planning and evaluation projects by conducting internet research, reviewing grants and updating data sets.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a field related to the areas of responsibility – e.g. librarian or information science, comparative literature, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with a high level of accuracy.
  • Must be adept using internet research and data management (Excel) software. Experience using Salesforce or optical character recognition (OCR) software is beneficial.
  • Experience managing data, especially historical organizational records or academic research, is strongly preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills and process orientation.
  • Demonstrates professionalism, dedication and humility.


The position will be based in the Foundation’s offices, located in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The Research Archivist Intern will need to maintain an in-office presence but may work remotely for a portion of their week in accordance with our hybrid work policy.

West Conshohocken, PA is a short drive (~15 miles) from Philadelphia and there is a nearby commuter train station with service into downtown Philadelphia. The offices are close to residential and commercial districts with multiple restaurants.

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