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C.V. Starr Center for the

Study of the American Experience

Comegys Bight Internship Opportunities Summer 2015

The Starr Center is pleased to offer fellowships at the following institutions during the summer of 2015:

  • American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA

    The American Philosophical Society promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, support of young scholars, publications, library resources, a museum and community outreach. This country’s first learned society, the APS has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life for over 250 years.

    Internship possibilities include: 

    1. Intern will work on a digital humanities project with the APS collection of militia records that will reconstruct a picture of eighteenth century Pennsylvania society. The APS has one of the few records of enlistments in the militia for the Seven Years War. Each form includes the height, eight, age, place of birth, current residence, hair color, trade, and other information. The intern would digitize these records, create a database of the information that scholars could access, and draw some general conclusions about Pennsylvania society, especially males. The results of this project might be published in the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography or Pennsylvania History, or the intern might work on an online digital exhibit. 

    2. The APS has been digitizing special collections and creating an interactive gallery that is aimed for classroom adoption. Intern will digitize materials, help research their significance, and design a website, while gaining experience in other aspects of archival work. Examples of past projects are here:https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/gallery-colonization-foulke and https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/galleries/paine-cartoons . 

    3. Intern will assist the museum with its new exhibit on Thomas Jefferson and science or help in the planning for its next one on Jefferson and Native Americans.

  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA

    In Colonial Williamsburg’s 301-acre Historic Area, costumed interpreters tell the stories of the men and women of the 18th-century city—black, white, and native American, slave, indentured, and free—and the challenges and opportunities they faced. In this Revolutionary City, the future learns from the past

    Public History / Street Theatre Intern
    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation seeks a talented researcher with a passion for history and theater to work with researchers and costumed actor-interpreters.  The intern would divide his/her time between researching aspects of everyday 18th-century life and performing as a costumed historical interpreter, helping to create a lively 18th-century streetscape in the Historic Area.  For example, as an historical interpreter, the intern might deliver less-than-stellar goods to stores, negotiate noisily with shopkeepers, open and close shutters on second-story windows while conversing with coachmen on the street, etc. Working under the guidance of a staff researcher and a program manager, the intern will employ manuscripts, diaries, letters, account books, newspapers, and other sources housed in the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library to compile a report on 18th-century street life in Williamsburg. The intern will use this research to script and perform street-theatre vignettes with other historical interpreters and staff for the visiting public.   In short, this person would research, then bring to life, textures and situations of 18th-century North American urban life in the world’s largest living history museum.  Applicants should have excellent communication and research skills, unflagging good cheer, and creative flair. 

  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA

    Education Department Intern

    One of the nation’s most beloved historic sites, Mount Vernon offers a glimpse into 18th-century plantation life through beautiful gardens and grounds, intriguing museum exhibits, and immersive programs honoring George Washington’s life and legacy.

    The Mount Vernon Education Department is seeking an intern interested in exploring the intersection of American History and Classroom Education and who has an interest and skill in working with diverse groups of people.  The intern would be an integral team member in producing and evaluating our Residential Summer Professional Development for Teachers.  Over the course of 4 weeks, we will be hosting up to 100 teachers on the estate for extensive programming.  In addition to supporting and evaluating these programs, the intern would help the team reach out to alumni of past programs to see what works and how they have implemented the training since they’ve attended. 

  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York, NY

    Curatorial Intern

    The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the study, learning, and understanding of American history that has collaborated extensively with K-12 teachers during the past two decades.

    Summary of Position:

    Gilder Lehrman seeks a highly organized, motivated intern to assist in Curatorial duties. There are several major components to the internship: performing a survey of collection materials and implementing an inventory control system; management of digital images; assisting with educational workshops and presentation; assisting with our primary summer camp Discovering the Hidden Stories of Slavery and Abolition.

    Collaborative Intern Project
    2015 Intern Project

    In addition to departmental duties, all Gilder Lehrman interns will work collaboratively on the Ezera Tilden Diary project, which provides a detailed day by day account of Tilden’s march through New York during the Revolutionary War. The 164 page diary dates from July 1776 to 9 December 1777. Interns will work with Curatorial staff to transcribe and annotate the diary and create a digital presentation.


  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry, WV

    Public Programs Intern

    This National Historical Park is more than one event, one date, or one individual. It is multi-layered - involving a diverse number of people and events that influenced the course of our nation’s history. Harpers Ferry witnessed the first successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown’s attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.

    The internship requires communication skills to both introduce and provide a National Park experience for the general public. The internship also includes the presentation of a guided tour on any one or all of these nationally significant and site-specific topics: John Brown, Civil War, African American history, Industrial history, Transportation history, Landscape history. Housing is provided.

  • Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown, VA

    3D Technology Intern

    Historic Jamestowne is owned and managed through a private/public partnership among the National Park Service, the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (Preservation Virginia), and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Historic Jamestowne includes the original site of the 1607 settlement, the archaeological operations of Jamestown Rediscovery, as well as the visitor center and interpretive facilities of the National Park Service. 

    The Intern will learn how to use 3D printer, how to prepare 3D printed artifacts for painting, paint artifacts, and organize in a database. In addition, the intern will assist in developing a training guide for staff on how to print, prepare, paint and organize artifacts.

    Working with 3D Models, the intern will organize 3D scans by year and feature in database; generate 3D models in various formats while working with and identifying software for      editing and processing and generate animations of models; work with and identify best software for generating files.  In order to generate 3D content, the intern will use Sketchup or similar software to generate simple and complex 3D models for use with AR and VR applications. The intern will generate models of interior based on consulting historical texts, subject matter experts, and other approved resources.

  • 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.

    The Publishing Office is the headquarters of the Library’s General Publishing Program: we publish books (of interest to both general readers and scholars), companion volumes to Library of Congress exhibitions, calendars, “knowledge cards,” postcard books, and other materials based on the Library’s vast and diverse collections and activities. In all our publications, we strive to create engaging text that will draw readers into the many stories comprising the nation’s, and the world’s history. We are located in the James Madison Memorial Building, the newest of the three Library of Congress buildings on Capitol Hill, across from the U.S. Capitol.
    Interns help us by doing both image and factual research in the Library’s collections - thus becoming familiar with many of the Library’s custodial divisions (Prints and Photographs, Manuscript, Rare Book, etc.) - and in other ways assisting in the development of publishing projects (editing, proofreading, drafting text for captions and other material, etc.). Currently, we are developing books and book proposals on subjects as varied as a history of early baseball as revealed in an LC collection of baseball cards; Facing Change (photographs documenting today’s American experience);  America, the World and the Great War (an illustrated history of the U.S. experience, and international relations, at the time of World War I); American women cartoonists and illustrators; the work and influence of architect Richard Morris Hunt; 100 books that have influenced Western civilization, and the history of pirates (as in “ahoy, matey”) during their 17th- and 18th-century heyday. Some of our interns have created their own proposals for publishing projects that our office has accepted and pursued. In short, internships here are characterized by variety, flexibility, and creativity.

  • Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD

    Exhibit Intern

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


  • Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD

    Research Intern

    As the historical agency for Maryland, the State Archives is the central depository for government records of permanent value. Records date from the founding of the Maryland colony in 1634 through the beginning of this century.

    This position is for an intern to serve as staff researcher for the Maryland State Archives project, Finding the Maryland 400.  The project examines the military and peacetime careers of members of the First Maryland Regiment during the American Revolution. These men were Maryland’s first war heroes, the men who held off the British at the Battle of Brooklyn (sometimes called the Battle of Long Island) in 1776 and allowed the rest of the Continental Army to escape. The intern will research and write biographies of these soldiers to be published online, utilizing a wide range of primary and secondary sources. Biographies will explore soldiers’ military service, as well as their lives before and after the war, and place them into historical context. Intern will also maintain and regularly update the project’s research blog with posts about the project, biographical subjects, and historical topics.

  • National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC

    Office of Education and Public Programs Interns

    The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper.  Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1-to-3 percent are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by NARA forever.

    There are five positions available at the National Archives and Records Administration:

    1) Boeing Learning Center Internship
    Boeing Learning Center interns help visitors of all ages become excited about history and engage them in document-based activities.  The internship duties are varied and include: assisting with Constitution-related workshops for students, leading visitors in hands-on museum activities, conducting research to identify documents for educational materials and program, working with DocsTeach, the National Archives’ lesson-plan building website, and supporting teacher workshop activities.

    2) National History Day Internship
    Intern will assist with preparations for and the execution of the District of Columbia’s National History Day competition. The National History Day makes history come alive for students by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past. Internship duties can include: serving as a liaison between DC teachers and the National Archives, coaching students with research and project development, supporting school-level National History Day competitions within the District of Columbia, and developing material for student and teacher workshops.

    3) Social Media and Online Engagement Internship
    The social media intern promotes the educational materials and activities of the National Archives through social media, the web, and mobile apps. The internship duties are varied and include: creating content for Tumblr, HistoryPin, and other sites, conducting research to identify documents to feature on social media sites and on the web, developing on-line materials related to upcoming programs and exhibitions, writing on-line catalog descriptions and blog posts.

    4) Public Programming Internship
    Public programs interns support National Archives Museum operations and help develop and research public programs, topics, and speakers for panel discussions, author lectures, film, and theater programs. Interns will help promote and publicize public programs, assist with the operation of public programs, creating social media and writing blog posts, and creating and editing promotional materials.

    5) Research Internship
    The intern will support public outreach activities at the National Archives by conducting research for upcoming programs and education activities. Research interns search for archival materials on topics determined by education office staff. They assess items for usefulness in education programs, digitize materials, record complete citations, and develop educational activities based on the records they find. Specific duties also include: working with DocsTeach, the National Archives’ lesson-plan building website, supporting teacher workshop activities, writing blog posts, and leading visitors in hands-on museum activities.

  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA


    The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a non-profit world class organization in the heart of Downtown Atlanta.   The Center educates visitors on the American Civil Rights Movement and contemporary global human rights issues, and inspires them to become personally involved.

    The Center is seeking an intern to assist in one of the following departments:  communications, social media, public programming or resource development.  The Center is a fast-paced environment.  The ideal candidate is computer savvy, deadline and detail oriented, highly flexible and a self-starter.   The job description will be developed with the Department Manager to whom the position is assigned.  Candidates should have: excellent writing and verbal communications skills, demonstrable personal interest in civil and human rights, and professional office, email and phone etiquette.

  • 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. 

    There are two internships available.

    Education Intern
    The Education Intern will work closely with the museum programs staff on a variety of assignments ranging from research to curriculum development and high-profile events.  The intern will also assist with day-to-day tasks that are designed to provide broad exposure to civic learning methods and the mission of the National Constitution Center. Responsibilities include: research for special projects and curriculum development; assist with major national programs such as Constitution Day, National History Day and others; and maintain educator database.

    Museum Program Intern
    The Museum Programs internship is offered to students who are interested in working on exhibits and educational programming.  Love history and want to find an exciting position that brings it to life for children?  Join the museum programs team and help develop activities for children and families.  Position will be responsible for research and writing of museum programs for general visitation and special events, as well as traveling exhibitions. 


  • National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

    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 internship at the National Portrait Gallery will be under the direction of Senior Historian David C. Ward.  The primary work of the internship will focus on providing research and writing support for two forthcoming exhibitions: “The Face of Battle: Americans at War 9/11 to Now”, which is part of the NPG’s Portraiture Now/Americans Now series; and, “The Sweat of their Face. Portraying American Workers” a fine art exhibition that will treat the history of working class portrayal from the colonial period to now. In addition to researching the work included in both exhibitions, interns will contribute research and writing for labels and wall texts. Additional work may be required for the book/catalog for “The Sweat of Their Face.”

    In addition, the intern will be expected to engage in the full range of work done by an historian at the NPG including research and writing labels for gallery rotations, new acquisitions and other work as assigned. Particular attention is being paid at the NPG to the rehanging of our permanent collection, including the Hall of Presidents, and the intern will be active in supporting that work. There will also be an opportunity to engage in ongoing projects in new media (writing blogposts) as well as possibly doing public programming (tours and gallery talks).

  • President Lincoln’s Cottage, Washington, DC


    Designated a National Monument in 2000, President Lincoln’s Cottage served as Lincoln’s family residence for a quarter of his presidency and is where he was living when he developed his Emancipation Proclamation. President Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in northwest Washington, DC.

    The summer intern will focus on assisting with the development of an online course on antislavery legislation, past and present. The self-paced, web-based course provides teachers and museum frontline staff, as well as self-proclaimed lifelong learners, the opportunity to expand their knowledge of antislavery legislation and freedom in United States history. The course is designed to take participants through antislavery legislation beginning in the pre-Civil War era to the fight against modern day slavery today. The intern would be responsible for organizing and formatting content received from scholars, following-up on outstanding requests from scholars, and working with the PLC education department to develop supporting content and text for the website.

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

    Curatorial Intern

    The Smithsonian American Art Museum is 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 the Senior Curator to develop a major upcoming exhibition on Alexander von Humboldt, and the synergy between art and science during the 19th century.  The intern will conduct independent research to help establish which artists were enamored of Humboldt and natural history.  Applicants should have highly developed research skills, be able to work independently, and have a background in History, Art History, Environmental Science or Biology.

  • United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), (pending) Paris, France

    Research Intern, Slave Route Project


    The Slave Route Project is a UNESCO initiative that was officially launched in 1994 in Ouidah, Benin. The Project is rooted in the mandate of UNESCO, which states that ignorance or concealment of major historical events constitutes an obstacle to mutual understanding, reconciliation, and cooperation among peoples. The project breaks the silence surrounding the slave trade and slavery that has affected all continents and caused great upheavals that have shaped our modern societies. In studying the causes, the modalities, and the consequences of slavery and the slave trade, the project seeks to enhance the understanding of diverse histories and heritages stemming from this global tragedy.


    Le projet de la Route de l’esclave est une initiative de l’UNESCO, lancée officiellement en 1994 à Ouidah au Bénin, conformément au mandat dont a été investie l’organisation et qui stipule que l’ignorance ou le voile qui couvre des événements historiques majeurs constitue un obstacle à la compréhension mutuelle entre les peuples. Le projet brise le silence qui entoure la traite négrière et l’esclavage qui a touché tous les continents et causé de grands bouleversements qui ont façonné nos sociétés contemporaines. L’étude des causes, des modalités et des conséquences de l’esclavage et de la traite négrière aide également à mieux comprendre les diverses histoires et les patrimoines issus de cette tragédie mondiale.


    Applicants should be proficient in French and English.

  • United States 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 Office of the Historian seeks an intern with a strong interest in history. Responsibilities include assistance in day-to-day office operations, significant historical research, and other special projects as assigned. The intern must be highly motivated, collaborative, and possess excellent research and computer skills.


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