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C.V. Starr Center for the

Study of the American Experience

Comegys Bight Internship Opportunities Summer 2013

Applications due Monday, March 4

Smithsonian American Art Museum


Washington, DC

Research Intern

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal key aspects of America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The intern will work with a senior Smithsonian curator conducting research for an upcoming exhibition, probably on the history of U.S. national parks after the Civil War.


National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Washington, DC

Research Intern

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story. The intern will work with a senior curator/historian who specializes in media, popular culture, movies, sports, and the arts.


National Archives

Washington, DC

Education Intern: This intern will work at the Archives’ Boeing Learning Center, interacting with the general public, school groups, and teachers to share the rich resources of the National Archives.

Social Media Intern: This position involves working on outreach and education projects through Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media platforms. Current projects include a Tumblr feed on 1970s photography, a Twitter project on the Civil War, and a Historypin project linking historic photographs on Washington, DC, to their present-day locations.


Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (National Park Service)

Harpers Ferry, WV

Visitor Services Intern: The intern will work on the frontlines of park operations as a temporary National Park Service Ranger, answering visitors’ questions and presenting interpretive programs about various aspects of the park’s history. It will involve a good deal of outdoor work.

Education intern: This intern will work with the Park’s Education Office.


Virginia Historical Society

Richmond, VA

Research Intern

This intern will work on “Unknown No Longer,” a major project to document the names and lives of Virginia slaves and create a database. He or she will spend much of the summer working with original 18th- and 19th-century sources in the Society’s collection.


Maryland State Archives 

Annapolis, MD

Research Intern

The intern will work with primary source records at the Maryland State Archives to document the experiences of African-American slavery and freedom on the Eastern Shore. His or her work will contribute to the ongoing “Legacy of Slavery in Maryland” project.


Library of Congress

Washington, DC

Publishing Intern

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and largest library in the world, with more than 150 million books, manuscripts, images, and recordings. Its Publishing Office produces books and other materials that draw on the Library’s incomparable holdings. Projects currently in the pipeline include books on Mark Twain, America in the 1950s, the Declaration of Independence, and Italian-American immigration. 


U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Historian

Washington, DC

Research Intern

Based at the U.S. Capitol, the Office of the Historian preserves, collects, and interprets the heritage of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving as the institution’s memory and a resource for Members, staff, and the general public. The summer intern will work on oral histories and biographical guides to past congressional representatives and staff, as well as on an individual research project to be published online.


National Constitution Center

Philadelphia, PA

Located on Independence Mall in Historic Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center illuminates constitutional ideals through interactive exhibits, performances, and special programs. The Center engages leaders of government, public policy, journalism and scholarship in timely public discussions and debates, and offers civic learning resources both onsite and online.

Special Events Intern: The intern will assist with special events relating to the museum’s current exhibitions.

Program Intern: The intern will assist with developing programs for school and general audiences relating to the Center’s exhibitions. 

Exhibitions Intern: The intern will assist the exhibitions team with research, planning, and design for upcoming exhibitions.


George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Alexandria, VA (near Washington, DC)

Education Intern

The intern will work with Mount Vernon’s education department and other staff to create guides and online resources related to history, archaeology, and museum collections at the home of America’s first president.


Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

St. Michaels, MD

Folklife Intern: This person will work with Museum staff to organize the 2013 Chesapeake Folk Festival.

Curatorial Intern: This internship will involve cataloguing and managing manuscripts, artifacts, and photographs from the Museum’s collections.

Education Intern: This intern will work closely with the education staff to plan, teach, and evaluate summer education programs and develop future offerings, particularly projects relating to the Museum’s upcoming major exhibition on the War of 1812.


Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore, MD


Through its museum, library, press, and educational programs, the Maryland Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets objects and materials reflecting Maryland’s diverse heritage.


Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

New York, NY


The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History supports the study and love of American history through a wide range of programs and resources for students, teachers, scholars, and history enthusiasts.



You can also download this list of opportunities here