The Starr Center is pleased to offer internships at the following institutions during the summer of 2019. Please continue to check back as detailed internship descriptions and additional 2019 internship opportunities will be added in January 2019.
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.
Digital Library Internship
About the Center for Digital Scholarship at the APS Library The Center for Digital Scholarship promotes the holdings of the APS Library through digitization, digital humanities, and the development of innovative library software. We partner with scholars, institutions, and students from across the country.
Open Data Projects at the Center for Digital Scholarship Open data is an emerging practice in the cultural sector that offers data free of charge for anyone to use, analyze, and publish as they wish. Recently, the APS Library has instituted an Open Data Initiative (https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/data) that extends access and transparency in several of its collections beyond the scope of digitization. These projects make it possible for researchers to extract and analyze quantitative information from historical documents to reveal new insights and possibilities for scholarship.
A recent project datafied mid-19th century admissions book entries for the Eastern State Penitentiary. This allowed the creation of a set of interactive apps, the Eastern Apps (https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/labs/eastern-apps/), that make it possible for researchers to interact with the entries in new ways, including exploring and visualizing trends in the data.
The summer internship is an opportunity to learn more about open data, digital scholarship, and digital librarianship, and gain hands-on experience developing a digital humanities project in a research library setting.
Working closely with Center for Digital Scholarship staff, the Intern will contribute to an open data project centered around material from the papers of the Society’s founder, Benjamin Franklin. The project will focus on financial account books kept by Franklin from 1730-1787. These historic financial records reveal Franklin’s business and personal concerns as well as his work as Postmaster of colonial Philadelphia. Read more about the collection here: https://bit.ly/2H46vkc.
The Intern will be involved in all aspects of the project, collaborating with staff to digitize selected materials, conduct background research, transcribe text, and explore ways to visualize the data.
In addition to populating spreadsheets with the data from archival material, the Intern will
- Handle rare manuscripts from early American history,
- Gain experience digitizing unique library holdings,
- Gain experience transcribing 18th-century documents,
- Contribute to a digital humanities project,
- Assist in the promotion of the open data via social media posts,
- Research scholars with whom to share the data,
- Plan and prototype future uses of the data, including visualizations.
Apollo Theater, New York, NY
New York, New York
About the Apollo Theater
Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul and hip-hop. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization established in 1991, is dedicated to the preservation and development of the legendary Apollo Theater through the Apollo Experience of world-class live performances and education programs that honor the influence and advance the contributions of African-American artists; and advance emerging creative voices across cultural and artistic media.
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh,PA
Carnegie Museum of Art is among the first museums of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the “Old Masters of tomorrow” since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. The collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery. Through programming, exhibitions, and publications, the museum frequently explores the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives. With unique history and resources, the CMA strives to become a leader in defining the role of art museums for the 21st century.
Education Department Intern
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA
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 Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington serves to increase scholarship in and access to the life, leadership, and legacy of George Washington. The Library comprises four areas of work: Digital History, Leadership, Education, and Library Programs. The Library provides access and training to many audiences and works in concert with George Washington’s Estate (located across the street) to support over a million visitors per year as well as millions more who explore our resources online.
There are two possible internship projects for the Intern this year. The selected recipient should have in mind the ideal project to match their skills and interests.
Option 1: Education Department Intern
During the summer, the Education Department will host 11 teachers for our teacher fellowship program, up to 100 teachers and their families for our 20th anniversary reunion, and 120 teachers for our signature residential program. For each group of teachers coming, we will design specific experiences to enhance their time onsite and help them build connections between their estate and library experiences and their classrooms this fall. A specific project related to gaining skills in program planning or resource creation will be determined based on the interns interests and experience and will be tied directly to their work that connects the teachers to their Mount Vernon experiences (ex: creating a reunion resource, designing a fellowship-project related website, presenting a session at one of the residential programs). This intern will be supervised by the Vice President for Education. Additional guidance will be provided by the Manager for Communication and Outreach.
Option 2: Digital History Intern
The Washington Library gets many public requests and research inquiries that involve more than a simple response. In addition, the library staff are responsible for providing scholarly support for new initiatives and projects on the estate. The intern will be responsible for conducting research in response to visitor inquiries and staff requests as well as pursue particular research questions related to the papers and the library collection of George Washington. Additional work will be in support of the publication of the George Washington Digital Encyclopedia. Specific project in research and digital access will be tied directly to the needs of the library during the summer of 2019. This intern will be supervised by the Executive Director of the Library. Additional guidance will be provided by the Digital Historian.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York, NY
New York, New York
About the Gilder Lehrman Institute
Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, visionaries and lifelong supporters of American history education, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 history education while also serving the general public. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.
At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. Drawing on the 70,000 documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and an extensive network of eminent historians, the Institute provides teachers, students, and the general public with direct access to unique primary source materials.
This internship will provide a strong foundation in multiple aspects of the museum and archives profession. Interns will be trained in object handling, museum education, and collection management. Applicants should have a strong interest in American History and considering a career in museum studies or archives.
Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):
● Collections Management:
Robert Livingston Archive (1637-1850), 5445 items. The Livingston Family Papers document one of the most powerful and influential families in early American history. The collection consists of diaries, maps, letters, land transactions, account books, printed proclamations, broadsides and pamphlets that detail this prominent New York family’s involvement in some of the key events of our nation’s history including colonial-era land transactions with the Iroquois Indians, the American Revolution, and the launch of the steamboat Clermont.
○ Verify location of historical documents
○ Compare catalog records to individual items to confirm accuracy of information
○ Create condition reports
○ Attach barcode labels to folders and boxes
● Education Programs
○ Assist with summer camp program on using primary sources for fifth and sixth graders
○ Assist with programs for students and teachers
Required skills include:
● Highly organized with close attention to detail
● Excellent written and oral communication skills
● Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
● Knowledge of basic collections care and management practices a plus
● Basic knowledge of PastPerfect collections management software a plus
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry, WV
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Visitor Services Internship
The internship is administered under the Division of Interpretation, Education, & Partnerships at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
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.
Interns greet and guide thousands of visitors toward a positive National Park experience. The internship involves a general study of 19th century American history but focuses on the nationally significant resources of the Harpers Ferry area, including John Brown, Civil War, African American history, Industrial history, Transportation history and Landscape history.
Interns live and work in a unique, historic park and town setting where they gain valuable National Park Service career-building experience. Shared park housing is included at no charge.
Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown, VA
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.
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
The Library of Congress Publishing Office (LCPO), the headquarters of the Library’s General Publishing Program, produces 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. All LCPO publications aim to present engaging text that will draw readers into the many stories comprising the nation’s, and the world’s history. LCPO is 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. For more information about LCPO projects and activities, visit the Publishing Office web page at http://www.loc.gov/publish/general/ .
Interns help further the work of the Publishing Office 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.). The varied projects for which LCPO is currently developing books and book proposals include works about the history of early baseball as revealed in an LC collection of baseball cards; the work and influence of architect Richard Morris Hunt; the Farm Security Administration’s Depression-era program of documentary photograph and two of its most prominent figures; an illustrated historical atlas regarding the planning, development—and aspirations for—Washington, DC; an illustrated book on the significance of cherry blossoms and the Washington, DC cherry blossom festival; and various publications for younger readers. Some LCPO interns have created their own proposals for publishing projects that have been accepted and pursued. In short, LCPO internships are characterized by variety, flexibility, and creativity.
Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD
Maryland State Archives
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. The State Archives identifies, appraises, acquires, describes, preserves, and makes physically and electronically available (in a secure and dynamic environment) the permanent records of Maryland’s past.
The Archives’ Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for students interested in archival and library science, history, museum studies, and document conservation to gain valuable experience in the field.
Maryland State Archives - Maryland 400 Research Internship
For more than five years, Washington College students have been working with the Maryland State Archives on their Revolutionary War history project, Finding the Maryland 400, studying the soldiers who saved the Continental Army in 1776. Working alongside the Archives’ historians, students have had the opportunity to put their history and research skills to good use, finding information about the lives of Maryland’s soldiers, their families, and the world they lived in before and after the American Revolution.
This year, as the project moves to its conclusion, our work will continue. We will focus on a mix of ordinary soldiers and some of their prominent officers and political leaders. Using primary sources from the Archives’ collections, we will research them and write biographies to be published online, as well as posts for the project’s blog. You can see the project’s work here, including the contribution of previous Washington College students: http://msamaryland400.wordpress.com/
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.
Good writing skills are key, and experience doing historical research with primary sources is a plus. Knowledge of the American Revolution is beneficial, but not critical.
National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC
National Archives and Records Administration
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.
Educational Outreach internships offer an excellent opportunity for gaining hands-on experience for students interested in education, museum studies, public policy, U.S. History, political science or communications.
Public Programs Internship
The Education and Public Programs staff in Washington, DC annually produces an average of 100 daytime and evening panel discussions, film programs, author lectures, performances, symposia, and other offerings presented free to the general public. The programs raise the public profile of the National Archives and significantly contribute to the American citizens’ knowledge of NARA’s mission and holdings. Recent programs have featured prominent historians, authors, filmmakers, politicians, and other personalities including Laura Bush, Ken Burns, Chris Matthews, Hilary Clinton, Andrew Young, Chef Jose Andres, and the late John Hope Franklin.
Assist with logistical functions at both day and evening programs including audience entry, seating, and safety; as well as greeting, escorting, and providing assistance to speakers and panelists. Assist with marketing and promotion (mailings, publications, email blasts, etc.). Assist with upcoming programs by performing research into NARAs motion picture, photographic, and textual holdings
Boeing Learning Center Internship
The Boeing Learning Center is located in Washington, DC and is comprised of two parts: The ReSource Room and the Learning Lab. The space has several objectives that include providing educators and visitors with methods and materials for using primary sources as teaching tools. The learning center also offers visitors hands-on opportunities to practice historical thinking skills and work directly with primary sources to learn historical content and introduce them to the holdings of the National Archives. Interns will learn how to develop collections for educational purposes, organize records, and will have the opportunity to work directly with educators, students and members of the general public. Interns will also have the opportunity to develop new learning activities and pilot them to measure their effectiveness with visitors. Experience working with people of various age groups and backgrounds is encouraged.
The ReSource Room: This is a materials headquarters where educators and families can copy document facsimiles and exercises to learn more about what the National Archives has to offer, exchange ideas with others, and where families can participate in on-site Archival Adventures. The majority of projects in this space involve direct engagement with the public, however, some involve behind the scenes work.
Develop a series of Featured ReSource Room Activities that can be presented both in the room and on a cart in the exhibits. Activates should engage multiple learning styles and highlight the records of the National Archives. Engage visitors from the general public in historical inquiry activities. Be familiar with the National Archives online databases to locate records and be able to help visitors find documents of interest. Maintain the ReSource Room and periodically helping perform an inventory of the space
The Constitution in Action Lab: The Constitution in Action Lab is an interactive field trip that provides an on-site experience related to the U.S. Constitution for middle and high school students in an authentic environment that is linked to pre-visit and post-visit in-class activities. The projects in this space include both behind the scenes and direct engagement with the public.
Develop new programs to offer in the labs space to include a larger audience. Assist in facilitating lab experiences for student and teacher groups as well as other government agencies. Research documents for inclusion in the lab through the Archival Research Catalog based on various content themes (i.e. Civil Rights, WWII, etc)
National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA
National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center, located on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, is the first museum in the world dedicated to honoring and explaining the U.S. Constitution through more than 100 interactive and multi-media exhibits, artifacts and film. The Center also houses the Annenberg Center for Education and Outreach, which serves as a hub for national constitutional education, debates, teacher resources and as a home for visiting scholars and experts.
There are three positions available at the National Constitution Center.
1) EXHIBITS DEPARTMENT INTERN
The National Constitution Center is seeking an advanced undergraduate student (any major) to assist the Exhibits Department with its extensive schedule of artifact loans, the development of upcoming exhibitions, updates to the Center’s permanent exhibition, and other department activities. The student will work closely with the exhibition developer, registrar, and other professional staff on all aspects of the creation and maintenance of the Center’s exhibits.
Potential projects for summer 2019 include:
*Assisting with the translation of recent exhibit projects into the Google Arts & Culture online platform: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-constitution-center. Exhibit topics may include Alexander Hamilton and the Civil War and Reconstruction.
• Contributing to the ongoing work of maintaining a new permanent exhibit on the Civil War and Reconstruction, particularly researching and planning for future artifact rotations.
• Participating in design and content execution for an exhibit on the 19th Amendment opening in March 2020. Possible duties include historical image research, assisting with artifact loan requests and contracts, conducting supplemental content research, and label writing. Student will also have the opportunity to participate in brainstorming and design meetings.
• Assisting with ongoing artifact research and label writing for the Center’s main exhibit, The Story of We the People.
• Assisting with general loan requests, loan contracts, artifact condition reports and installations, and exhibit maintenance and environmental monitoring.
• Other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have an interest in U.S. history and/or U.S. government, excellent research skills (with experience using artifact and library catalogs, as well as scholarly databases), polished writing skills, and an interest in exhibition development and museum collections management. Candidates must be enthusiastic, resourceful, able to balance multiple projects, and able to work both independently and on a team.
2) MUSEUM PROGRAMS INTERN
The Museum Programs Intern will work with the Museum Programs Manager to create innovative and engaging educational programs that will be presented by staff throughout the museum, in particular assisting to develop programs connected to the Center’s newest permanent exhibit on the Civil War and Reconstruction. Intern will help to create programs from start to finish. This process will involve researching a variety of historic topics, developing creative ways to present these topics to a wide audience in a museum setting, writing program scripts, creating PowerPoint presentations or other audio/visual elements to accompany the programs, and acquiring any props, costumes, or supplies that may be needed for the programs.
The Intern will also work with the Museum Programs team in preparing for and executing Civic Holidays, exhibit opening events, and Scout Days. This could involve many aspects of event planning including contacting vendors, creating event timelines, making travel arrangements for speakers, preparing craft projects, and other duties. The intern will also attend department meetings and take notes.
*Provide research assistance for programs in that will be created in conjunction with the Center’s exhibits and events, particularly the new Civil War and Reconstruction exhibit.
*Create innovative educational programs to that will be presented by the Center’s education staff on the museum floor
*Assist Museum Programs Manager with major national programs such as Constitution Day, Scout Days, and others by preparing collateral and physical items such as crafts supplies
*Assist with copyediting and review of internal documents
*Observe and take minutes during department meetings
*Other related tasks as assigned
The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in the U.S. Constitution and history of the United States; interest in Education or Museum Programs preferred, strong oral and written communication skills, strong historical research skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office, particularly PowerPoint. Previous experience working with public a plus.
3) EDUCATION DEPARTMENT INTERNSHIP
Students with interests in the U.S. constitution, U.S. history, public history, education, and/or museum studies are encouraged to apply for the Education Department Internship at the National Constitution Center. The internship provides opportunities to develop skills in project management with various contributors, stakeholders, and timelines; deepen constitutional knowledge through current, nonpartisan scholarship; build understandings of teaching and learning theories and best practices within the context of 21st Century American educational systems; explore methods for outreach, logistical organization, and outcomes assessment associated with online and in-person educational initiatives; and gain exposure to strategies in nonprofit management and the operations of cultural and nontraditional, educational institutions
Under the supervision of the Director of Education, the intern will gain invaluable, transferable skills through support of the education department’s major initiatives: development of online, classroom resources; organization of synchronous classroom exchanges to promote civil dialogue about the Constitution; and planning and execution of a range of educator professional development programs.
Elements of these initiatives include:
*conducting research and compiling extant NCC resources on various constitutional texts, debates, and scholarship relevant to module topics identified by the NCC
*developing and piloting benchmark measurements and assessments for NCC classroom resources, teacher trainings, and online exchanges
*review of teacher-created materials for publication through the NCC website
*maintaining digital and print databases of content-based resources for Teacher Advisory Board members’ work in writing lesson plans and for on-going gap analyses and planning by the NCC education department
*exploring methods for outreach, logistical organization, and outcomes assessment associated with online, synchronous exchanges for promoting civil dialogue about complex issues
*other tasks identified by the NCC education department
The ideal candidate will want to learn about multiple aspects of museum, nontraditional, and classroom learning, be highly organized with both print and digital materials, have strong written and verbal communication skills, take on multiple projects at the same time.
More information about education programs and initiatives at the National Constitution Center can be found at constitutioncenter.org/learn.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Smithsonian American Art Museum
There are two internships available at this institution. Please indicate your preference on your application.
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.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC
Through incomparable collections, rigorous research, and dynamic public outreach, we explore the infinite richness and complexity of American history. The museum helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. The National Museum of American History collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts—all true national treasures. The exhibitions explore major themes in American history and culture, from the War of Independence to the present day.
Special Initiatives and Latino History and Culture Intern
The projects are within the Office of Audience Engagement (OAE.) The mission of the office is: “We use history to create experiences that encourage meaningful conversation, expand perspectives, and inspire learning, innovation and active participation in civic life. We challenge our audiences to consider their important role in shaping a more humane future”.
Under the supervision of Magdalena Mieri in the Office of Audience Engagement at the National Museum of American History, the intern will work on multiple projects during the residency, maximizing the opportunity to acquire new skills and make a greater contribution to the operation of the museum. While experiencing how a museum operates and its many functions the intern will learn how to do research using museum collections, and further communication and critical thinking skills.
Interactive Cart on Latino Immigration:
Facilitate conversations with the public about the objects in the carts, make connection to the visitors own family immigration experiences and facilitate learning about the rich diversity of immigrant communities.
Becoming US curricula:
Assist with the web production of this new nationwide curricula project, identify online collections, assist with research, editing and outreach. Work with team to help with evaluation of educational units.
Civic Engagement project:
Assist producing naturalization ceremonies, citizenship seminars, and creating new teaching resources for new citizens. Assist with planning of voter registration fair and events in the Museum.
Good research and communications skills, ability to work with a team and independently, bi-lingual in Spanish is a plus, as is experience teaching or working with the public.
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Internship in the Office of the Historian
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 National Portrait Gallery is charged with recognizing, through portraiture, the lives of individuals who have made significant contributions to American history and culture. It is both an art museum and a museum of history and biography.
The internship is located in the office of the Historian at the National Portrait Gallery. The incumbent will assist Dr. Kate Clarke Lemay in researching topics related to upcoming exhibitions on women’s history, the War of 1898 and its aftermath, and W. E. B. Du Bois. The intern will also help with administrative duties related to the symposium organized by the scholarship center of the National Portrait Gallery directed by Dr. Lemay, PORTAL = Insights into Portraiture. Successful candidates must have excellent skills in research and writing and an avid interest in the intersections between art, history and biography. Skills in Excel and website management desirable. Candidates must be of good cheer, resourceful, and able to work both independently and on a team.
United States House of Representatives, Office of the Historian, Washington, DC
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 or political science, writing and research. The intern will conduct congressional research through the use of databases, microfilm, and paper records. This research will be used for office print and web publications as well as reference requests. The intern will assist staff with general office duties. The intern will assist with obtaining research collection materials of former Speakers. The intern must be highly motivated, collaborative, and possess excellent research and computer skills.