The Starr Center is pleased to offer internships at the following institutions during the summer of 2020.
52nd Street Project, New York, NY
52nd Street Project
New York, NY
About The 52nd Street Project:
The 52nd Street Project (The Project) is dedicated to the creation and production of new plays for, and often by, kids between the ages of nine and eighteen that reside in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in New York City. The Project does this through a series of unique mentoring programs that match kids with professional theater artists.
The Project is about making children proud of themselves. The Project is not about teaching children to act, although they will learn to. It is not about teaching them to write plays, although they will learn that as well. What it is about is giving a kid an experience of success. It is about giving a kid an opportunity to prove that he or she has something of value to offer, something that comes from within that they alone possesses, something that cannot be taken away.
The mission of The 52nd Street Project, a community-based arts organization, is to bring together kids from Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan, starting at age ten and lasting through their teens, with theater professionals to create original theater offered free to the general public. By building on the core experience of accomplishment and collaboration, the Project fosters a sense of inclusion in a place where the children belong and where their creative work is the driving force. Through long-term mentoring relationships and exposure to diverse art forms (including Poetry, Photography, Theatrical Design, Dance, Stage Combat and Filmmaking), the Project seeks to expand the children’s means of expression and to improve their literacy, their life skills and their attitude towards learning.
Summer interns assist in all aspects of theater production, classes and administration, as well as participating in the education programming. The summer interns will accompany us on our week-long retreat to Block Island where we rehearse for our annual One-on-One program. These positions are extremely hands-on. The interns will work closely with the staff, with children in classes and rehearsals, as well as with a number of professional actors, directors, and stage managers from the New York Theater community.
All intern positions offer an opportunity to:
- Learn about non-profit theater and help out backstage with professional productions of young people’s plays;
- Experience first-hand the day to day activities of a successful and established non-profit arts organization;
- Work closely with middle and high-school age students from the NYC public school system;
- Learn about after-school education and the administration of a mentoring program;
- Accompany young people on field trips to Broadway and off-Broadway theater productions and other educational trips in New York;
- Join a fun and creative community of working actors, directors, and designers in New York City.
- Working with the Associate Artistic Director in playwriting and acting workshops by assisting young people in the classes;
- Assisting the Director of Design & Production in all areas of production;
- Assisting the Executive Director, the Education Director, and the Development Director with administrative duties such as mailings, fundraising, marketing, and general office tasks;
- Assisting the Director of Institutional Advancement with social media postings;
- Assisting the Education Director with administration and working directly with young people in our after-school homework help program;
- Participating on week-long retreats to the country where the artists and young people collaborate – duties on these retreats range from running lines with actors to chopping onions for dinner to “kid wrangling” at the beach or at the bowling alley, etc.;
- Interns may have the chance to work on productions as technical assistants, backstage crew members, or actors in small supporting roles. However, Interns do not direct, write, or perform main roles in our shows.
American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA
About the APS The American Philosophical Society (APS), the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purposes of “promoting useful knowledge.” In the 21st century, it serves to advance knowledge and promote scholarship in the humanities and social, mathematical, life, and physical sciences. Members of the Society are elected from among the most eminent scholars and civic and cultural leaders in North America and abroad. More than 100 living APS Members are Nobel laureates.
The APS Library & Museum’s collections make it among the premier institutions for documenting and exhibiting the history of the American Revolution and founding, the history of science from Newton to NASA, Native American languages and culture, and the development of American anthropology. The Library houses over 13 million manuscripts, 275,000 volumes and bound periodicals, 250,000 images, fine art, and other objects. Museum exhibitions interpret these extensive collections for the regional, national, and international visitors who come to Philadelphia’s historic district. In so doing, the exhibitions aim to nurture the spirit of inquiry, promote critical thinking, and engender enthusiasm for object-based learning by using primary source documents and authentic objects. The Library & Museum also hosts a robust fellowship program, offering over 25 short-term and 10 long-term fellowships each year to scholars using its collections.
CV Starr Summer Internship at the American Philosophical Society (APS). This summer internship is an opportunity to learn more about archival research and digital scholarship while gaining hands-on experience developing a digital humanities project in a research library setting.
The Maryland Loyalism Project is a public-facing digital archive and biographical database of women and men from the former Maryland colony who petitioned the Loyalist Claims Commission (LCC) following the American Revolution. In the 1780s and 1790s, the LCC recorded hundreds of testimonies from claimants who hoped to secure financial restitution from Parliament for losses accrued in America in consequence of their loyalty to the Crown during the war. The LCC volumes are rich in biographical data but difficult to use in their analog form. Thus they were therefore ideal for translation to a digital medium. They offer the opportunity to view the American Revolution from a much different perspective, helping the broader public to realize the complexities of lived experiences during the war, the precariousness of political allegiance, and the plight of refugees.
Working closely with the Associate Director of Library and Museum Programming and staff at the APS, the Starr intern will contribute to the Maryland Loyalism Project. The internship will focus on transcription of the original manuscripts, metadata creation, and biographical research on women and men named in the Commission’s memorials. Each memorial includes a testimonial of the experience of the claimant, claims for lost property, and a series of witness depositions.
Not only will the intern have the opportunity to contribute transcriptions and metadata to the published digital archive and database, but she or he will also learn how to research in the extensive manuscript, print, and microform collections of the APS and the newly arrived collections from the David Library of the American Revolution.
By contributing to this digital humanities project, the Intern will learn how to:
- Work with unique digitized archival holdings;
- Transcribe 18th-century documents;
- Generate meaningful metadata from historic documents
- Research historical sources in a range of formats
- Communicate findings to local, national, and international audiences
- Plan and prototype future uses of the data, including visualizations.
Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA
Chadds Ford, PA
In 1971, the Conservancy opened the Brandywine River Museum of Art in the renovated Hoffman’s Mill, a former gristmill built in 1864 that was part of the Conservancy’s first preservation efforts. The Museum has an international reputation for its unparalleled collection and its dedication to American art with primary emphasis on the art of the Brandywine region, American illustration, still life and landscape painting, and the work of the Wyeth family.
Among the hundreds of artists represented are Howard Pyle; many students of Pyle who affected the course of American illustration; and N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth. There is work by hundreds of famous illustrators. Landscape, still life, portrait and genre painting includes work by Benjamin West, Gilbert Stuart, John Haberle, J. D. Chalfant, Horace Pippin, and many others, while the major still life collection includes paintings by William Harnett, John Peto, George Cope, John Haberle, Horace Pippin, and many more artists. Nearly 300 special exhibitions have been shown in the Museum’s six galleries, along with constant installations of work from the collection. A variety of educational programs is offered throughout the year.
Brandywine River Museum of Art has two positions available.
The Education Office engages visitors of all ages with the museum’s collection and special exhibitions through programs and interpretive materials. This internship is an opportunity to learn about museum education by working alongside education staff to:
- assist with the design and implementation of programs for children and adults that highlight Brandywine’s permanent collection and special exhibition, Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art
- facilitate a tour in the special exhibition Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art.
- engage visitors by leading activities for families at up to four weekend events
- prepare lessons and activities for family programs that will accompany the forthcoming exhibition America’s Impressionism: Echoes of a Revolution
- prepare educational materials for current and future programs
- identify opportunities to further engage with diverse audiences through access and inclusion initiatives
An art history, art education or studio art background is preferred.
Research Center Internship - Summer 2020
The Research Center internship offers the opportunity for a student with strong organizational skills and attention to detail to work with an uncatalogued and unprocessed archival collection. The collection materials were created by S. Michael Schnessel (1947-1992) in preparation for his 1977 publication on the illustrator Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935), a leading illustrator of books and magazines in the early 20th century, and his research on artist Edward Penfield (1866-1925).
Jessie Willcox Smith was an early student of Howard Pyle at Drexel Institute. Works of art by both Smith and Penfield are in the Brandywine’s permanent collection. The Schnessel collection (approximately 6 linear feet) includes early 20th century magazine tearsheets and covers, and the author’s correspondence, notes, photographs, notes, manuscript drafts, and business correspondence. The internship project will involve inventory, organizing and rehousing for access and preservation, and creating a finding aid.
A background in art history or library science is preferred.
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh,PA
Carnegie Museum of Art
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.
Summer Camp Assistant Internship
Each summer Carnegie Museum of Art welcomes approximately 800 children from age 4 through 13, plus about 50 high school students to participate in week-long gallery and studio experiences inspired by our collections and exhibitions. The intern will work with Associate Curator of Education for children’s and family programs and other staff on a number of activities related to our very active summer programming.
The candidate will come away with a deep understanding of best practices in museum education including lesson plan development, effective strategies for object based teaching with a focus on inspiring curiosity, imagination, and creative self-expression. CMOA believes play is a driver of creativity and incorporates playful experimentation and problem solving in all programs. The intern will serve as a teaching assistant in the galleries and studios supporting our professional teaching artists, will assist our communications coordinator in creating daily camp updates on social media for parents of participants, assist with management of artist materials, and some supervision of students during lunch and recess periods. The intern will also learn about and assist with drop-in gallery programs for families, including our important work on tracking and reporting on visitor impact of our programs.
The intern will learn from experienced teaching artists, gaining insight into behind-the-scenes work in a dynamic and innovative museum education department, enjoy a friendly and supportive professional staff. The intern will attend regular education and joint education-curatorial meetings and will have opportunities to meet and learn about museum operations and careers across the museum.
The intern will attend regular education department staff meetings, joint education and curatorial meetings, and gain exposure to other aspects of the Education department’s work that includes programs for children, drop-in programs for general museum visitors, and programs for school students and teachers as well as various special projects related to other temporary exhibitions. The intern will also have opportunities to meet with museum staff in other departments to broaden understanding of museum work and careers.
Important for this internship will be an interest in inclusivity and accessibility, interest in best practices in museum education, general understanding art processes, history, and criticism. Familiarity with people with low vision or low hearing is a plus. Ability to work with staff and volunteers in a professional manner on a variety of tasks. Ability to ask for help and accept supervision and evaluation of your work.
Chadds Ford Historical Society, Chadds Ford, PA
Chadds Ford, PA
The Chadds Ford Historical Society is a community-based organization. The society owns and preserves three pre-Revolutionary buildings which are open to the public as house museums. The historical society serves as the gateway between Chadds Ford’s past and present. Through preservation, education and celebration, we work to bring Chadds Ford to life in a way that promotes our unique history, protects our natural beauty and sustains our community into the future. In addition to maintaining all historic structures, the Society hosts several community events annually along with providing Living History education programs for youth and adults. Our Visitors Center hosts a Spring Lecture Series, Exhibits and provides a research library for the public.
Chadds Ford Historical Society has two positions available
The Chadds Ford Historical Society seeks two enthusiastic and qualified individuals for our museum education internship. This is an exciting opportunity to help develop museum education and interpretation programs and would provide an excellent experience for someone looking to work in museum education, history education, or public history. The intern will work closely with staff members to create enjoyable, engaging and interactive educational experiences through programs, tours, and events. Training and guidance will be provided for all activities.
While we have some key tasks for the internship program, each of our internships are tailored to the student’s interests and goals by focusing on a specific project that can be used to further develop the student’s resume.
Internship main responsibilities:
— Assist in preparations for our annual Chadds Ford Days, a living history event
— Help develop our next exhibit in the society’s visitor center
— Conduct guided tours on-site at two of our historic buildings
— Help develop and facilitate our summer camp programs
— Contact local schools and organizations about our educational outreach programs
Additional responsibilities may include:
— Help develop programs for Girl and Boy Scouts
— Work with our Education and Programs Manager on site interpretation
— Assist when needed with various programs, events and additional research
— Must have an interest in history, historical interpretation and be dedicated to public engagement and education. Education in or experience with historical sites, education, museums and museum education programs is a plus.
— Interest in and familiarity with early American and/or Pennsylvanian history
— Must be outgoing, enthusiastic, self-motivated, and have strong public speaking and organizational skills.
Easterseals Delaware and Maryland Eastern Shore, New Castle, DE
New Castle, DE
As America’s largest nonprofit health care organization, Easterseals is committed to the comprehensive health and wellness of the more than 1.4 million people it serves each year and is prepared to respond to the needs of the one in four Americans living with disability today with outcomes-based services for all disabilities throughout the lifespan.
Among our services: early intervention, inclusive childcare, medical rehabilitation and autism services for young children and their families; job training and coaching, employment placement and transportation services for adults with disabilities, including veterans; adult day services and employment opportunities for older adults – in addition to a variety of additional services for people of all ages including mental health and recovery programs, assistive technology, camp and recreation, caregiving support including respite – and much more.
Easterseals of Delaware and Maryland Easter Shore has two positions available.
Community Outreach Program Internship Opportunity
The Community Outreach Program is Easterseals program that supports family caregivers. Many people are caring for older parents, a spouse with a disability or a child with special needs. Those caregivers often don’t know where to turn to get information and resources, and the Community Outreach Program, can help. We work with hundreds of caregivers each year providing support, information, respite funding, etc. An internship in the Community Outreach Program might include:
- Reviewing resources, both online and in print, to assure accuracy
- Checking the assistive technology in the Resource Center and updating the inventory list
- Assisting with contacting caregivers and respite providers in the respite program for follow up
- Helping with outreach and prep for Caregiver Conference scheduled for the end of August
- Working with staff to develop/plan new initiatives as appropriate
- Supporting staff with other activities as requested
Human Resource Internship Opportunity
An Intern in Human Resources (HR) would learn about the multiple areas of the department, including recruitment, hiring, orientation, employee benefits and compensation, professional development and employee relations. The intern’s duties would consist of the following:
- Performing administrative duties, maintaining files, and organizing documents
- Assisting in researching policies, procedures and other relevant HR topics and revising and/or preparing new documents
- Providing data entry support and quality assurance for the Human Resources Information System (HRIS) and payroll databases
- Researching documentation on positions regarding salary data
- Shadowing in multiple positions and departments to understand the operations of a multi-service non-profit organization
- Attending and volunteering in company functions and networking event
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 is one position with two options for the Intern this summer. The selected recipient should have in mind the ideal project to match their skills and interests. The internship will be located at the Washington Library.
Option 1: K-12 and Youth Programs Department Intern
The K-12 and Youth Programs Department at Mount Vernon serves teachers, students, and family audiences through educational programming. Programs overseen by the K-12 division of this department include the Teacher Fellowship program, online digital resources for student and classroom use, and residential teacher professional development programs. The K-12 Education Intern will work with the Manager of Education Communication and Outreach to assist with managing the Teacher Fellowships program (including maintaining Fellow schedules, tracking project updates, and aiding in the logistics of reviewing and posting projects to the Mount Vernon website) and will help to help outline new program parameters for the 2021-2022 class of Fellows. Additional opportunities to attend, support, and present at the Summer Residential Programs are possible.
Option 2: Digital History Intern
The Center for Digital History at the Washington Library creates new research and teaching opportunities centered on George Washington and early America through digital means. These initiatives include The Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington, the Conversations at the Washington Library podcast, curated digital manuscript collections, and advanced research projects. The Digital History Intern will work in conjunction with the Executive Director of the Library and the Digital Historian to assist with the Center’s work, including the production of the Encyclopedia, digitization, and other needed research. The intern will report to the Executive Director of the Library in coordination with 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.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is supported through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Organization of American Historians, and the Council of Independent Colleges.
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
- 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
- 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
- Collections Management: Robert Livingston Archive (1637-1850), 5445 items
Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE
Hagley Museum and Library, a National Historic Landmark, is the nineteenth-century site of the DuPont Company black powder mills, estate, and gardens, set on 235 acres along the Brandywine River in Wilmington, Delaware. Museum collections present stories of U.S. industry in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They highlight the spirit of ingenuity and invention, and the strong intellectual property system, that made the nineteenth century a “golden age of innovation” in America. Visitors learn about the history of Hagley’s unique site, discovering how the Brandywine, which powered the historic mills, provides green technology to Hagley today.
The Library collects, preserves, and interprets the unfolding history of American enterprise. Hagley’s collections document interactions between businesses and the cultural, social, and political dimensions of our society from the late eighteenth century to the present.
Hagley’s Marketing Department is seeking a summer intern to assist with audience research and content creation. Responsibilities include collecting and analyzing visitor data to better understand motivations for visiting and post-visit sentiment to help guide marketing decisions and creative selections. Writing assignments will be made for Hagley’s quarterly magazine highlighting a museum collection, special event, or member profile. The intern will develop a recurring social series to post weekly throughout the summer to increase engagement and followers across all platforms. He/she will also provide photography or videography to include in social posts. Other duties to be assigned as needed.
For more information on Hagley Museum, please visit www.hagley.org.
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. Housing for interns provided by the National Park Service.
Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to
achieve LGBTQ equality. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC
strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realize a world that achieves
fundamental fairness and equality for all.
The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and queer people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of
society at home, at work and in every community.
The Human Rights Campaign is seeking an engaging, passionate intern for the
Human Rights Campaign Internship
● Research and data collection
● Assist with preparing HRC events
● Communicate with external partners
● Update department inventory and other administrative tasks
● Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and
Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs and Drive)
● Strong attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills
● Ability to prioritize many projects and meet deadlines
● Excellent communication skills, including interpersonal communication,
small-group communication, verbal communication, and written communication
● Receive education on LGBTQ and civil rights issues
● Obtain a better understanding of politics
● Learn the ins and outs of a non-profit
● Accessible networking opportunities
● School credit is available upon request
● This internship is based out of the Washington DC Office.
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Students interested in exploring publishing careers can gain valuable insight and experience into the field through an internship with the Library of Congress Publishing Office. The Publishing Office creates companion volumes to major exhibitions, illustrated interpretations of the Library’s vast collections, calendars, knowledge cards, and postcard books. This work helps the Library fulfill its mission to inform, inspire, and engage the public.
Interns assist the Publishing Office staff by completing a variety of assignments necessary to complete current and forthcoming projects, including:
- Conducting research and checking facts
- Proofreading manuscripts and typeset pages
- Organizing arts logs for heavily illustrated books
- Drafting text for captions and credits
Interns are also able to take advantage of career development and networking sessions organized by the Library’s Internship and Fellowship Program, along with a variety of free lectures, panel discussions, movies, and concerts on the Capitol Hill campus.
Visit http://www.loc.gov/publish/general/ for more information.
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 - Research Internship
These positions are an educational learning opportunity for Maryland students within a program that has been provided by the Archives for over forty years. The positions are for a ten-week internship for engaged students to get hands-on experience and on-the-job training in the fields of archives, records management, conservation, preservation, public service, library studies, history, information management, museum studies, and computer science. Each student receives a staff mentor and works directly alongside professional archival and IT staff members contributing to the core pillars of the Archives’ mission.
Students may field inquiries in person in the Archives’ public search room and via mail and email; learn document preservation techniques in our conservation lab; program software applications; digitize documents; maintain the electronic archives; catalog and handle documents, art and artifacts; and provide contextual interpretation through research of our collections for the citizens of Maryland. The Maryland students receive a substantial educational benefit, and in return, the State receives 10 weeks of enthusiastic assistance with the core duties of the Archives.
Interns are expected to work 35 hours per week, starting on Wednesday, May 27 - Tuesday, August 4.
Job duties will vary by project, but will include: The preservation of documents and books, identifying, inventorying and properly housing records and collection items, digitizing records, retrieving records for patrons, responding to reference inquiries, data entry, conducting biographical and thematic research on topics in Maryland history, assisting with the Archives’ social media outreach and completing required program reports and evaluations.
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.
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
- Full-time student currently enrolled in an accredited college or university
- 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
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office, particularly PowerPoint
- Reliable, detail-oriented
- Must be available regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Ability to lift 20 pounds preferred
Previous experience working with public a plus.
National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency that provides support to advance and disseminate knowledge in all of the disciplines of the humanities: history, literature, linguistics, archaeology, jurisprudence and the history, criticism and theory of the arts.
The Office of Federal/State Partnership brings humanities education, lifelong learning, and public humanities programming to communities across the country by providing general operating support grants to more than 50 state and territorial humanities councils. Together, Federal/State Partnership and the councils advance public understanding of the humanities, while enhancing public awareness of, access to, and support for the humanities on a local, grassroots level. State and territorial councils sponsor book festivals, literacy campaigns, speaker’s bureaus, teacher development, cultural tourism, humanities publications, community conversations, films, exhibitions, and Chautauqua performances, among other public programs.
The Office of Federal/State Partnership is looking for interns with a passion for the humanities and strong writing, communications, and organizational skills. Interns must be professional, self-directed, pay close attention to detail, and able to complete tasks in a timely manner. Potential projects include research on current public humanities topics; writing for our website, social media and e-newsletter; digital records management; and data analysis. While working in the Office of Federal/State Partnership, interns will have an opportunity to participate in agency-wide intern activities, explore the roles and responsibilities of other NEH divisions, and visit nearby state and jurisdictional humanities councils.
Students with an interest in public history, history, library science/information management, museum studies, communications, and other humanities-related disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Strong writing skills and computer skills.
Knowledge of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter
The candidate should have good public speaking skills
New-York Historical Society, New York, NY
New York, NY
Founded in 1804 as New York’s first museum, the New-York Historical Society is dedicated to presenting exhibitions and public programs, and fostering research that reveals the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. N-YHS’s holdings cover four centuries of American history, and include one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, American art and other materials documenting the history of the United States as seen through the prism of New York City and State.
The New-York Historical Society offers dynamic internships in both our museum and library divisions for current college and graduate students and recent graduates. From modeling creative exhibition layouts to researching with our curators, college and graduate interns experience unparalleled career development and cultivate fruitful professional relationships.
The summer internship program is a full-time program where interns are required to be available Monday through Friday to work 35 hours a week. During the summer internship program, interns attend weekly lunchtime lectures with N-YHS employees from a variety of departments, and explore other cultural institutions in the NYC area through weekly outings.
Museum Education Internship
As an intern with the Education Department, the intern will work with a department that serves more than 200,000 students each year, and nearly 5,000 teachers. Our extensive range of school programs engage students from early elementary school through high school in American history, and introduce young historians to research skills through primary sources and digital media projects. Professional development programs and curriculum resources for teachers foster learning and invite exciting opportunities for classrooms to explore history in new ways.
The internship runs from June15 to early August.
Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), Washington DC
Public Religion Research Institute
PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to conducting independent research at the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy. PRRI’s research explores and illuminates America’s changing cultural, religious, and political landscape. PRRI’s mission is to help journalists, scholars, pundits, thought leaders, clergy, and the general public better understand debates on public policy issues, and the important cultural and religious dynamics shaping American society and politics.
Research and Communications Intern
Interns will assist with a variety of tasks related to research, communications,and strategic engagement. Interns will provide assistance in all aspects of the organization including the development of survey questionnaires, production of research reports, creating social media content, assisting with events and other duties as assigned.
Research Intern responsibilities
*Conducting background research for research reports
*Compiling lists previously asked questions on research topics
*Number checking reports and materials for media outlets and funders
*Assisting with brainstorming and writing of blog posts for PRRI website
*Assisting with survey design and narrative crafting for survey reports
*Other tasks as assigned
Communications and Strategic Engagement Intern responsibilities
*Draft content for daily ‘The Morning Buzz”, weekly and monthly newsletters, as well as social media content
*Provide editorial support for major research projects and website content
*Track media coverage of PRRI as well as relevant current events and topics
*Assist in tracking website and social media analytics through weekly reports
*Assist in video editing of PRRI’s video series ‘Up to the Minute’
*Assist in the production of ‘The Why Podcast’
*Track use of PRRI data by stakeholder
*Other tasks as assigned
Qualifications and characteristics
Current major or undergraduate degree in journalism, communications, political science, religious studies, sociology, or another related field
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Familiarity with social media tools (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Hootsuite) and blogging experience using WordPress preferred, but not required
Demonstrated interest in religion, politics, and cultural issues
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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 summer 2020 intern will participate in an immersion course in the Humboldt exhibition. The intern will participate in curatorial research in preparation for the reinstallation of the museums’ 19th century galleries. The museum is rethinking the way we tell our stories, wanting to incorporate native voices in the early galleries and make sure the presentation is relevant to a contemporary audience.
Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
The intern would be tasked with sorting through and processing the still and moving images that were digitized during the Community Curation Program in Kent County. The intern will assist in organizing digital archive material as NMAAHC would find useful. The intern would also be able to flag which collections, images, and participants should be prioritized for Chesapeake Heartland’s digitization efforts.
The student intern may also create stories out of these materials to be highlighted on NMAAHC’s social media, or the CCP newsletter, or the Community Curation web platform.
An interest in African American history or American studies
Strong writing and research skills
Flexibility as the task will be broad.
Experience with photography or video
Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art - The Freer Gallery of Art
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery preserve, exhibit, and interpret Asian art in ways that deepen our understanding of Asia, America, and the world. Located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, the musuem cares for one of the world’s most important collections of Asian art, with more than forty thousand objects—and counting—dating from the Neolithic period to today. Masterpieces from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, the ancient Near East, and the Islamic world are complemented by a significant group of American artworks of the Aesthetic movement, including the famed Peacock Room. Drawing on its groundbreaking scholarship and rich collections, as well as significant loans, the Freer and Sackler creates innovative exhibitions that celebrate differences, transform perceptions, and spark connections.
Visitor Experience and Audience Research Internship
Are you a great communicator who values teamwork and being of service to others? Do you like answering questions on a wide range of topics? Do you want to get a better understanding of who visits museums and what visitors expect? If so, this is the internship for you! The intern will help create a welcoming space for Freer and Sackler visitors while learning about volunteers and training. The intern will also assist with audience research, helping to support the museums’ evaluation efforts. Working directly with the visitor experience manager, the intern will gain a great introduction to real-world art museum work.
- Applying knowledge about informal learning to real-world museum experiences
- Learning how to manage people and projects
- Being trained to assist with audience research
We’re looking for someone with:
- Strong communication, organization, and problem-solving skills
- Ability to work well with the public, individually, and on teams
- Experience working with volunteers a plus
- Occasional evening and weekend availability
Society for Women’s Health Research, Washington, DC
Society for Women’s Health Research
As recently as the 1990s, women were routinely excluded from medical research and there was a profound lack of awareness that health conditions and treatments affect women and men differently. The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) led the way to making women’s health a national priority, forever changing how medical research is conducted.
SWHR is a 30-year-old education and advocacy nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. A highly respected thought leader in promoting research on biological sex differences in disease, SWHR is dedicated to eliminating imbalances in care for women through science, policy, and education.
The communications intern will assist with development and execution of communications plans and products related to the SWHR’s scientific and policy programs and events. Types of communications materials produced may include social media messaging, factsheets, blog posts, material for event programs, and website content. Duties may also include assisting in coordinating materials and logistics for events, and other tasks as assigned.
- Research and create communications products such as blog posts, factsheets, etc.
- Review, update, and create content for SWHR’s website
- Develop messaging for SWHR social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
- Monitor traditional media and social media for relevant news about SWHR and its priorities
- Assist in development of email blasts about SWHR events and news
- Work with other SWHR staff to ensure unified communications on behalf of the organization
- Attend SWHR events and partner events as needed, such as meetings, roundtables and Capitol Hill briefings
- Complete other communications and administrative activities as assigned
- Represent SWHR’s mission to improve upon the lack of women’s health research through supporting advancements in public policy, health care interventions, and gaps in research
- Graduate or undergraduate student (who has completed their sophomore year) working toward a degree in communications, public relations, or other relevant subject
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Experience with social media platforms and management
- Highly organized with ability to multitask
- Familiarity with WordPress website platform is a plus
- Knowledge of design software such as the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign) preferred
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.
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Winterthur, DE
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library http://www.winterthur.org/ supports interdisciplinary humanities research related to America’s material past in a global context. Winterthur’s diverse collections include tens of thousands of objects, manuscripts, printed materials, and research resources regularly mined by scores of leading humanities scholars throughout the last forty years.
Winterthur comprises the premier collection of American decorative and fine arts, an outstanding naturalistic garden, and a nationally renowned research library, all in a historic Brandywine Valley landscape of nearly 1,000 acres.
Interns enjoy an environment that is rich in culture and natural beauty while contributing specific skills and upholding the core values of the organization.
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library offers two Explore America Summer Internships:
- Academic Programs – Publishing Internship
This is an excellent opportunity for an intern interested in history, museums, libraries, or other aspects of material culture to explore the publishing field and to hone skills in editing and communications. The Academic Programs Department at Winterthur offers hands-on experience with editorial and publications work related to the academic journal, Winterthur Portfolio (WP). Portfolio is an interdisciplinary journal of American material culture www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/wp/current. The intern will also develop social media campaign/s for department activities such as talks or projects by visiting research fellows and staff, summer research by graduate students, or blogs about the intern’s own experiences. In addition to regular submissions and reviews, during the summer of 2020 the WP will be working on forthcoming special issues on the topic of Enslavement and Material Culture.
The responsibilities may include:
- assisting the executive editor and managing editor in reading, processing and evaluating manuscript submissions
- assisting the book review editor with reviews
- image research
- developing social media content
This internship works under the supervision of the managing editor.
A background or interest in humanities or social sciences and/or writing and communications is preferred.
- Museum Collections – Exhibition Internship
This summer internship offers an opportunity to work with curatorial staff in the Collections Department on exhibition research and planning while gaining hands-on experience developing a digital humanities project. Working closely with the Associate Curator of Fine Arts, the intern will assist with the development of two digital platforms associated with the forthcoming exhibition: Caribbean Encounters: American Colonial Painters in the Atlantic World, planned for 2022-23 at Winterthur and the Birmingham Museum of Art.
The Caribbean Encounters exhibit explores the geographical and cultural significance of the West Indies for the development of early American painting. Focused on the repercussions of West-Indian trade and sea-marauding on the careers of eighteenth-century American painters John Smibert, Benjamin West, John Greenwood and William Williams, Caribbean Encounters connects the period’s history of war, trade, and displacement with artistic mobility and social fluidity. Throughout their journeys, Smibert, Williams, Greenwood, and West observed, used, or experienced firsthand the permutability of antithetical positions in 18th-century Atlantic societies: pirate and mariner, forced laborer and freedman, merchant and smuggler, gentleman and commoner, as well as native and foreigner. This exhibition explores how these men negotiated these experiences in their artistic career and how they translated them into their artwork. The exhibition will include an online platform aimed at setting the stage for the museums’ audience before their visit of the exhibition, as well as an interactive digital platform designed to allow visitors to experience the artist’s lives and their paintings from a diverse range of eighteenth-century perspectives.
Working closely with exhibition curator, the Starr intern will contribute to the design and implementation of these two platforms. In the curatorial department, the intern will also have the opportunity to attend regular curatorial and exhibition staff meetings, gaining insight into museum operations as well as exhibition planning and interpretation.
The responsibilities consist of:
- Work with artworks on the exhibition checklist
- Assist exhibition curator with researching specific historical documents, including the possible transcription of archival documents
- Develop social media content that communicate objects and findings in a form accessible to regional, national, and international audiences
- Generate blueprint and dynamic content for an online introduction to the exhibition
- Assist with design and content development for the exhibition’s interactive app
A background in fine arts, art history and/or digital