2021 Internship Opportunities

For summer 2021, because of the uncertainty of the pandemic, most positions are remote (virtual) internships. Some partner sites are still working through their plans, so additional listings will be added until the deadline. Students are encouraged to finalize their applications as close to March 7 as possible. Positions are for 8 to 10 weeks/40 hours a week, unless otherwise noted.

American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA

TWO POSITIONS: Created Equal Collection/Metadata Enhancement Interns (Remote Position)

This summer internship is an opportunity to learn more about primary sources and enhance and update collection descriptions and metadata in a research library setting.

The Created Equal Collection Description and Metadata Enhancement Project is designed to enhance online description for items in the APS Black History Resources Guide. The items include correspondence, receipt and minute books for churches, documents created by and relating to Black people, and records relating to enslaved persons, among others. Current descriptions for these items need enhancement and the inclusion of context to enable researchers to locate them more easily and to understand the context in which they were created. The project will make previously under-described items of potentially high research value more available to researchers.

Working closely with Valerie-Anne Lutz, Head of Manuscripts Processing, and other staff at the APS, the Starr intern will have the opportunity to review digital surrogates of items listed in the APS Black History Resources guide and associated metadata, enhance published finding aids and guides to include more detailed descriptions of items reviewed, work on remediation of metadata and other descriptive information in consultation with the metadata working group, and present on their work at the completion of the project. If time permits, the intern also will transcribe documents.

By contributing to this collection description enhancement project, the Intern will learn how to:

-Work with unique digitized archival holdings;
-Generate meaningful metadata for historic -documents
-Enhance item descriptions in published guides
-Communicate findings to local, national, and international audiences

For more information, please reach out to Kyle Roberts: kroberts@amphilsoc.org

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.

 For further information on APS Library & Museum Collections visit: http://amphilsoc.org/library and http://amphilsoc.pastperfectonline.com/ 

Apollo Theater, New York City

Community Programs Intern (Remote Position) 

About the Apollo Theater: Since opening our doors in 1934, the Apollo has played a major role in the emergence of jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, and soul — all quintessentially American music genres. Billie Holiday, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Machine Gun Kelly, H.E.R. and countless others began their road to stardom on the Apollo stage.

Today, the Apollo is a respected not-for-profit that presents concerts, performing arts, education and community outreach programs.  The Apollo Theater is a commissioner, presenter and catalyst for new artists, audiences, and creative workforces. The theater’s institutional artistic vision centers on celebrating and re-envisioning the Apollo’s legacy, as well as Harlem’s, through a progressive and contemporary lens.  We prioritize artists who represent the rich diversity of New York City, especially the Harlem and upper Manhattan community.  This focus informs a larger commitment to building an institution that has a deep and long-term connection with culturally diverse communities.

Apollo Community Programs: Apollo Community Programs extends the Apollo Theater’s commitment to enhancing and uplifting surrounding communities. Through free programs designed to engage youth, adults, schools, families, artists, and community-based organizations, community outreach activities build on the Apollo's rich history as a cultural and economic anchor in the greater Harlem area and New York City. 

 Apollo Community Programs expects a significant increase in programming this upcoming summer because in addition to our normally scheduled annual work during that period, we’ll also be dealing with the addition of other previously scheduled programs that were rescheduled after the Covid-19 impact on New York City.  Additionally, we’re expanding into two new performance spaces at the Victoria Theater, opening in 2021. We’re therefore seeking a Community Programs Intern to help us better manage these challenges.

Community Programs Intern: The Director of Community Programs will directly supervise the Apollo Theater’s Community Programs Intern remotely and in accordance with our organization’s policies and applicable laws.  Our responsibilities include planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; and resolving problems.

The Apollo strives to cultivate an inclusive, honest and free learning environment, one in which the intern will gain authentic –albeit virtual-- programming experience in a space where s/he is given the freedom to act independently, while also being supported by and engaged with her supervisor.  The incorporation of production-based creative work is intended to develop the intern’s critical thinking skills and apply them to real instances of event planning and problem solving.

The Apollo Theater’s Community Programs Intern will work closely with the Director of Community Programs to organize and facilitate a wide range of programs and duties.  Administrative aspects involve scheduling meetings, initiating and responding to emails and calls, drafting contracts, and assisting with scripts.  Additionally, the position will require logging information and recording data regarding specific programs, what organizations we partner with, and how many virtual and real tickets are donated to nonprofits that service low-income New Yorkers.

The Intern will also be responsible for communicating with the Apollo’s staffers and community partners to coordinate programs.  The Community Programs Intern will write and edit content scripts, contracts, and reports, while also working events, choosing charities to support, and helping to select and confirm people who are critical to productions, such as MCs, panelists, performers, honorees and stage managers.  All the duties and responsibilities of the Community Programs Intern directly impact the overall efficiency and success of Apollo Community Programs, making it integral to the Apollo’s mission and its fundamentals of community enrichment and engagement.

The Apollo Theater’s Community Programs Intern’s role is more important to us than ever before.  After having recuperated first from the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and then from the financial implosion, New York City has been hit hard, both emotionally and economically, by the Covid-19 crisis.  Our theater plans to be a source of recovery.  We will provide inspirational art to lift people’s spirits. When we hold an event here, we employ musicians, stagehands, cleaners, ushers, guards, concessions and box office workers, promoters and producers.  And our patrons utilize the area’s taxi drivers, bars, restaurants, barber shops, beauty salons, hotels, clothing stores and other shops.  This makes the Apollo an economic lynchpin in Harlem, the symbolic African-American homeland.

For further information about the Apollo Theater, please visit www.apollotheater.org. For further information about Apollo Community Programs, please visit www.apollotheater.org/community.

Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE

Child & Family Intern (In-Person Position)

About us: Established in 1993 and located in Historic Downtown Dover, Delaware, the Biggs Museum of American Art houses an outstanding collection of American fine and decorative arts, with particular strengths in paintings of the Delmarva Peninsula, early American furniture, and regional silver. Recent and upcoming exhibitions of contemporary art have included a collaboration with the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware; Stephen Althouse: Relics; Salvador Dali: Stairway to Heaven; Toni Frissel: In Italy with the Tuskegee Airmen; In Fresh Air: Impressionism and Plein Air Painting; Out of the Vault: Modern and Contemporary Art of the Biggs; and Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray.

Position Summary: The Biggs Museum of American Art invites Washington College students to apply for our Child and Family Education Internship during the summer of 2021. The intern will have the opportunity to work with the Curator of Community and Academic Programs to develop camp curricula that align with the National Standards for Art, assist/instruct portions of the ArtVenture
Summer Camps (6-13 years old), and assist with other child-focused art-making experiences.

This 10-week 2021 summer program will run from the first week in June through early August. Must be on site June 14 - July 16. This position has the flexibility to be hybrid outside of the aforementioned 5-week period.

-Teaching/Assisting with Summer Camps
-Developing additional Winter and Summer Camp Programs
-Creating family-friendly art-making activities as part of our Biggs Kids workshops
-Serving as liaison with the Dover Public Library as part of the Read and Make Series
-Developing children's tours and activities
- Other duties as needed
-Full time undergraduate student with an interest in education, museum education, art or program
-Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
-Experience doing basic research
-Comfortable interacting with families and other members of the public
-Responsible and detail oriented with the ability to think on your feet
-Strong collaborative mindset
-Basic Microsoft Office Suite knowledge
-Hands-on art and teaching experience is not required but recommended (training can be provided)

Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE

Communications Intern (Part-time, In-Person or Hybrid)

About us: Established in 1993 and located in Historic Downtown Dover, Delaware, the Biggs Museum of American Art houses an outstanding collection of American fine and decorative arts, with particular strengths in paintings of the Delmarva Peninsula, early American furniture, and regional silver. Recent and upcoming exhibitions of contemporary art have included a collaboration with the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware; Stephen Althouse: Relics; Salvador Dali: Stairway to Heaven; Toni Frissel: In Italy with the Tuskegee Airmen; In Fresh Air: Impressionism and Plein Air Painting; Out of the Vault: Modern and Contemporary Art of the Biggs; and Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray.

Position Summary: The Biggs Museum of American Art invites Washington College students to apply for our Communications Internship during the summer of 2021. The intern will have the opportunity to work with the Director of Marketing and Public Relations to strengthen and help manage the Biggs Museum's Social Media presence. 

This 8-week 2021(20 hours/week) summer program will run from early June through early August with the possibility of extending to l 0 weeks if agreed upon by all parties. This position has the flexibility to be hybrid or fully on-site.

-Manage and monitor Biggs Museum's social media presence on platforms including but not limited to: Facebook, lnstagram, Twitter, and Hootsuite
-Review, update, and create content for Biggs' website
-Create original social media content to engage with followers Maintain the Biggs' presence on
local community calendars
-Edit sound and videos produced by the Education Department using basic software
-Asist in the research of methods to reach young and diverse audiences
-Other duties as assigned
-Experience with social media platforms and management
-Knowledge in working iPhone cameras
-Excellent writing and editing skills
-Ability to work independently and creatively
-Excellent organization and ability to adhere to deadlines both long-term and immediate
-Experience with Adobe Creative Suite is recommended but not required
-Strong collaborative mindset


Chadds Ford Historical Society, Chadds Ford, PA

TWO POSITIONS: Interns (In-Person Positions)

Opportunity for two full-time interns with time split between two nearby historic sites.

For over 50 years, the Chadds Ford Historical Society has been preserving history, providing educational programs, and serving the community.  Our three 18th century buildings are the focal point for these efforts.  Throughout the year, the Society offers a variety of programs including lectures, tavern nights, and community events.  During the summer, we offer summer camps and tours of our historic structures.

Thornbury Farm CSA dates back to 1709.  The house is the oldest quarried home in the state of Pennsylvania.  The 180-acre property hosts several historic buildings, along with a farm market and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  The farm hosts many summer events, including classes on colonial farming as well as the Battle of the Brandywine.  The farm was also used as a hospital during the engagement of this major Revolutionary War battle.

Duties and Responsibilities:
-Complete a museum exhibit on textile work, which will include a rare antique barn loom. Interns will help write explanations of the artifacts.
-Serve as an engaging docent for building tours, wearing colonial garb (provided by CFHS).
-Build a lesson plan for a one-week summer camp focusing on 18th century life skills.
-Learn and help with 18th century cooking and baking demonstrations.
-Research Valley Forge Muhlenberg Huts for a recreation to be built at Thornbury Farm. This hut will be used in films, reenactments, and tours.
-Interact with CSA members and assist with farming tours.
-Map battle movements on the farm.

-Strong writing and research skills.
-Outgoing personality for tours, including comfort with public speaking.
-Personal transportation for journey between the two sites (3.5 miles apart).
-Strong organization skills and an ability to work independently.
-Hours primarily between Tuesday and Saturday, but may occasionally vary.

Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA

Publick Armoury Intern (In-Person Position) 

PRIMARY FUNCTION: The Publick Armoury – Starr Center Explore America internship is a ten-week position at the James Anderson Publick Armoury site, with primary work responsibilities and supervision in the Tin Shop, with potential additional opportunities to work with and explore other historic trades exhibited at the Public Armoury.

Interns will assist the full-time staff in shop operations including, interpretation and demonstration of the trade to guests, and object production within the workshop.  The intern will have opportunities to learn about the history of trade-work and technology as they apply to the study of the American Revolution, gain experience with public interpretation, learn about careers in the living history and museum fields, and develop traditional hand skills.

Please note: Internships require commitment to a 40-hour work week for the duration of the experience. Costumes are provided where applicable. Housing is NOT provided and is the responsibility of the intern or sponsoring institution. 

-Assists Historic Tradesmen and Tradeswomen by pro-actively providing engaging, thought provoking and informative programming to our guests within the workshops, employing best practices for interpreting and demonstrating the trade to a variety of audiences and interest levels, and assisting in work production.
-Provides outstanding customer service.
-Follows safety and security procedures established for the site, tools, materials, and equipment.
-Ensures that the safety and security procedures are followed in the absence of the supervisor and journeymen.
-Performs other related duties as required.

This position works under the direction of Tin Shop and Public Armoury staff including masters, journeyman supervisors, journeymen and/or apprentices.

QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated interest in historical interpretation and traditional trades and a desire to explore the possibilities of a career as a museum professional. Good communication and guest service skills. Ability to synthesize historical information into a concise and coherent educational presentation.  Ability to work well as part of a shop team.  Adaptability to changing shop schedules, assignments, and special projects and programs.  Aptitude to learn presentation and trade skills. 

Physical requirements:
-Ability to stand for extended periods of time.
-Ability to safely perform repetitive work with traditional hand tools.
-Ability to work under extreme weather conditions, including warm and humid weather, with occasional temperatures above 100 degrees F.
-Ability to work in dusty and smoky environment.
-Ability to perform physical activities including standing, sitting, kneeling/squatting, and lifting up to 50 pounds.

Colonial Williamsburg is a seven day a week operation and all staff are required to be available for work on weekends and holidays as needed for the duration of the internship.

Preferred Qualifications: Enrollment or completion in an undergraduate program in American History or on subject matter related to the intern experience.  Experience working with the trade.  Previous living history museum experience.  Familiarity with the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Trades program. 

Delaware Center for Horticulture, Wilmington, DE

Public Horticulture & Urban Agriculture Intern (In-Person Position) 

The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH) is seeking a motivated, energetic student in horticulture, agriculture, or plant science to serve as our 2021 public horticulture & urban agriculture intern.

This internship is a hands-on program that assists in the care and maintenance of DCH’s facility gardens in the Trolley Square neighborhood of Wilmington, landscaped sites located throughout Wilmington and New Castle County, and farming activities at DCH's urban farm in Wilmington’s 11th St. Bridge neighborhood, where it is an asset for community gardening and access to fresh, locally-grown produce.

Founded in 2009, the E.D. Robinson Urban Farm is poised to support the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society's (PHS) Harvest 2021 initiative by producing food for local residents, and as donations to local organizations addressing food security. Entering the second season of the Harvest initiative (i.e. Harvest 2021), DCH's intern will have the unique opportunity of working directly with DCH’s urban farm coordinator, helping with Harvest 2021 activities through hands-on growing, harvesting, and community engagement, while also gaining practical experience in urban agriculture, urban forestry, public/display horticulture, and the daily operations of a small not-for-profit.

The experience is envisioned as a full-time (37.5 hrs/week) position for 8-10 weeks, mid-May through late July/early August. Exact start and end dates are negotiable.

COVID safety protocols apply (see below for Qualifications/ Requirements) - all onsite or offsite activities, trainings, conferences, ability to incorporate volunteers, etc., will be evaluated throughout the upcoming season, to be scheduled only as public and individual safety permits.

Learning and Experience Offered:
-Exposure to sustainable and urban gardening/ farming while working with dedicated colleagues and volunteers.
-Introductory experience to a variety of urban and peri-urban landscapes, including urban agriculture/productive landscapes, rain gardens, roof gardens, roadside and traffic median plantings, native and pollinator plantings, public parks and plazas.
-Introduction to topics, issues and career paths in public horticulture including urban forestry, urban agriculture, and public gardens/landscapes.
-Hands-on application of garden/landscape skills and expertise in a professional setting.
-Real-world implementation of urban horticultural concepts, strategies, and problem-solving.
-Gain skills related to volunteer coordination, planning and time management, working both independently and as part of a team.
-Experience in public horticulture, nonprofit, and urban landscape settings.
-Opportunities to attend off-site (or virtual), industry training, such as plant conferences andworkshops, and to visit other local public gardens (COVID permitting).

Duties and Responsibilities:
-Support weekly care and maintenance tasks for DCH’s facility gardens and container plantings.
-Serve as a team member for installation and maintenance of DCH greening projects and as a support system for DCH's urban farm's activities in support of Harvest 2021.
-Help develop specific maintenance plans or participate in the development of new DCH gardens.
-Watering of new project plantings and landscape installations, container plantings, and public landscapes.
-Learn safe, approved methods for integrated pest management, weed control, pruning of woody plants, power tool use, and procedures for working on public sites.
-Assist with plant inventory, plant labeling, and mapping.
-Work with volunteers (as COVID allows).
-Assist with tracking time and materials.
-Complete an independent study project under the direction of your supervisor (if desired/required).

-A strong academic background or experience in horticulture, agriculture, landscape architecture, environmental studies or closely related field is desired but not required.
-An ability and willingness to communicate with garden visitors.
-Strong work ethic, both independently and as part of a team.
-Willingness to work outdoors in a variety of summer weather.
-Be able and willing to lift at least 50 lbs.
-A valid driver's license and verifiable driving record is required.
-Flexibility/ Ability to conform to COVID safety protocols including mask wearing, social distancing, etc. in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings.
-Personal vehicle and laptop are required to ensure ability to access various sites with safe distance and to participate in virtual meetings and events, as warranted.

For additional information about DCH's internship and Greening programs please email Sue Wyndham, Director of Programs: swyndham@thedch.org. No phone calls please.

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Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/delcenterforhort/

Easterseals of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, New Castle, DE

Artfulness Program Assistant (Part-Time, Remote Position) 

Position Title: Artfulness Program Assistant – Ideal for someone interested in art, art programming, and/or working with adults who have special needs.

Location: Remote Part-Time (20 hrs/weekly)

Mission: Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.

Purpose: The Artfulness Program Assistant will work with the Coordinator of Volunteer and Student Engagement in our 3rd year of Easterseals Artfulness Program. We have had over 100 art workshops that encourage creativity, expression, and independence for participants. The Artfulness Program Assistant will provide support in establishing new art partners, workshops, and continuing to grow the program virtually. The student would be able to observe and potentially carry out art workshops in a variety of mediums.

Key Responsibilities:
-Assist in establishing new art partners and managing relationships with current organizations
-Aid in planning workshops and communicating important information to staff
-Attend virtual art workshops and offer support to participants and Easterseals staff
-Assist in education for staff who are interested in the arts
-Help to collect and report data
-Other duties as assigned


George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA

Digital History Intern (Remote Position)

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 three areas of work: Center for Digital History, Leadership Institute, 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. 

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. The Center is currently building two major digital projects related to early American music and Revolutionary War-era maps. The Digital History Intern will work in conjunction with the Digital Historian to assist with the Center’s work, including the development of the music and map projects. The intern will report to the Digital Historian. 

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York City

Curatorial Programs Intern (Remote Position)

Description of Position:
This internship will provide experience producing collections-based virtual programming that emphasizes the analysis of primary sources and critical thinking skills. Inside the Vault is a bi-weekly program that reaches between 600-1,000 participants per session. The intern will work closely with the Collection Director and Assistant Curator to prepare the presentation and to coordinate with guest panelists.

-Conduct historical research
-Assist in the creation and editing of Google Slides/Microsoft PowerPoint presentations
-Work behind the scenes during programs, monitoring the Q&A section in Zoom and
providing attendees with necessary information/web links
-Create professional attendance certificates for attendees using Autocrat

Required skills include :
-Highly organized with close attention to detail
-Experience using Zoom and Google -Docs/Slides/Sheets
-Excellent written and oral communication skills
-Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills

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.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York City

Omeka Digital Projects (Remote Position)

Description of Position:
This internship will provide experience in managing Omeka projects using the Scripto, Tagging, and Contribute plug-ins. These programs allow digital volunteers to help make our Collections more accessible. The intern will be involved in all aspects of the project including preparing materials for inclusion, reviewing completed work, and user account management. Participants in the project are primarily middle schools and high school students. The intern will work with the Senior Archivist and Curatorial Outreach Coordinator.

-Create datasets of documents to be included in the Omeka S. projects
-Prepare and upload digital images to Omeka S.
-Approving transcripts created by digital volunteers
-Assist in managing account setup
-Assist in Volunteer support
-Compile and report on projects statistics including user engagement and completed work
-Approve transcripts created by digital volunteers
-Record crowdsourced information in PastPerfect
-Create word documents of project transcripts
-Assist with live Q&A held on Zoom (chat support and onscreen assistance)

Skills Required:
-Highly organized with close attention to detail
-Excellent written and oral communication skills
-Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
-Knowledge of OmekaS program a plus
-Basic knowledge of PastPerfect or other collections management software a plus

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.

Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE

Marketing Intern (In-Person Position)

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 content creation for our website, social media, and magazine. They will create a weekly summer social media series, write articles for Hagley Magazine, and develop engaging digital content for our website (copy/photos/video).

In fall 2021, Hagley will be unveiling its new “Nation of Inventors” gallery, inspired by our collection of nineteenth-century patent models. The intern will be responsible for designing a series of social media posts to build anticipation for the opening as well as content for the exhibition’s dedicated webpage. 

Writing assignments will be included for Hagley’s quarterly magazine highlighting a museum collection, special event, or member profile.

The intern will also manage event listings on a variety of online community calendars. Live coverage of our signature events with photography and social media posts will be included. 

Excellent writing and editing skills are a must. The ideal candidate will be comfortable with photography (via Smartphone is acceptable). Familiarity with video editing is preferred with iMovie, Final Cut, or Adobe Premiere.  

The intern should plan to fulfill this commitment in person with a potential hybrid schedule, dependent upon Delaware’s COVID-19 guidelines for the summer. Flexibility for occasional event coverage on evenings and weekends is required with additional duties to be assigned as needed.

Human Rights Campaign, Washington, D.C.

Intern (Remote Position) 

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 engaging, passionate interns for summer

We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and non-binary people to
apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including
non-LGBTQ people, to join our team.

-Research policies impacting the LGBTQ community
-Assist with data entry projects
-Communicate with our members and partners through email and social media
-Help execute large scale HRC events
-Attend departmental meetings and all staff meetings
-Provide general administrative support
-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

This internship will be fully remote.

Library of Congress - Publishing Office, Washington, D.C. 

Publishing Intern (Remote Position) 

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 hosted online or on the Capitol Hill campus.

Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD 

Volunteer/Academic Credit Internship Program (Hybrid – Potential for Remote and In-Person)

Who:  High school, undergraduate or graduate level college students seeking full or part-time field studies, co-ops, academic credit, professional mentoring and/or community service hours.

What:  Interns will engage in a variety of activities related to processing, managing, and interpreting archival collections. Individual intern assignments will vary, but duties may include reference, conservation, research, art history/handling, writing, web design, electronic imaging, computer programming and testing, record transcription, inventorying, cataloging and accessioning. The intern program includes a heavy focus on the application of computer technology to both the historical method and archival practice.

Where:  Applicants should be prepared for the potential for both remote and on-site work. Whether or not an intern will be able to work in the Archives’ Annapolis or Woodlawn facilities will be determined as we approach the volunteer start date. As some or all work may be remote, applicants should have access to a computer with internet connectivity to be prepared to complete off-site assignments.

When:  The ten-week 2021 summer program will run from early June through early August. 

National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD 

Conservation Education Intern (Hybrid – Remote and In-Person)

This is a hybrid internship: applicants must be willing and able to complete tasks both on-site and remotely. Learn more about the National Aquarium’s COVID-19 safety measures at https://aqua.org/visit/covid-response.

Description: Education interns assist the Guest Engagement and Education staff in the creation, revision, and instruction of school, outreach, and guest engagement programs. The selected candidate will work with an enthusiastic team of educators and a variety of audiences, and will learn a number of teaching methods in changing settings.

-Must be enrolled at Washington College, pursuing a degree in education, science, or a related field
-Must be interested in education, public speaking, and customer service
-Must complete a minimum of 10 weeks of full-time work within the term

Internships at the National Aquarium provide hands-on and minds-on experiences that add value to any college education. Applying classroom knowledge, interns obtain valuable job experience and establish professional contacts.

The National Aquarium is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL AQUARIUM: Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation’s two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.

Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 39-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Welfare and Science teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet. 

National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA

Education Intern (Remote Position) 

This is a remote internship, however there would be there may be optional opportunities for the intern to spend time onsite at our Philadelphia location, should the they be interested and should government guidelines allow it.

The Education Intern will work with Director of Learning and Engagement and other members of the National Constitution Center’s education team the to create innovative and engaging educational materials to support the Center programs and initiatives.  This includes creating materials such as worksheets, study guides, PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, and other similar materials to help students, teachers, and parents as they use NCC online resources like the Interactive Constitution, or the Scholar Exchanges. The intern will also support the onsite educational experience by helping to create dynamic museum programs. 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.

-Create materials such as worksheets, study guides, PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, and other similar materials to correlate with the Center’s online resources
-Create innovative educational programs to that will be presented by the Center’s education staff on the museum floor
-Provide research assistance for programs in that will be created in conjunction with the Center’s exhibits and events
-Assist with copyediting and review of internal documents
-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 during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
-Previous experience working with public a plus

Located just steps from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center brings together people of all ages and perspectives, across America and around the world, to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. A private, nonprofit organization, the Center serves as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling our congressional charter “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.” As the Museum of We the People, the Center brings the Constitution to life for visitors of all ages through interactive programs and exhibits. As America’s Town Hall, the Center brings the leading conservative and liberal thought leaders together to debate the Constitution on all media platforms. As a Headquarters for Civic Education, the Center delivers the best educational programs and online resources that inspire citizens and engage all Americans in learning about the U.S. Constitution.

National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C. 

Office of Federal/State Partnership Intern (Remote Position) 

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, archeology, 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.

Internship: The Office of Federal/State Partnership is looking for an intern 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, the intern will have an opportunity to participate in agency-wide intern activities, explore the roles and responsibilities of other NEH divisions, and attend virtual programs conducted by state and jurisdictional humanities councils.

Students with an interest in public history, history, library science/information management, museum studies, communications, literature and other humanities-related disciplines are encouraged to apply. 

National Park Service - Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry, WV

Research Intern (Remote Position) 

This virtual internship will consist of remote research on a resource area within the boundaries of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Park staff will select the resource area to be studied.

The candidate should be self-motivated, have an interest in history, and be able to independently research primary and secondary resources from their remote location. Park staff will be able to help mentor the intern remotely and provide some resources for them to begin their research from. 

 The results of the virtual intern's research will help the park's interpretation of the resource area through future public programming and potentially an information handout or wayside sign. 

New-York Historical Society Museum and Library, New York City

Museum Education Intern (Part-Time, Remote Position) 

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. For the past year, we have transitioned to a virtual model to serve students and teachers, bringing our collections and educators to homes and classrooms around the country.

The virtual internship will run from June 21 until August 13, 2021. Our Summer 2021 intern will assist with ongoing virtual programming, helping with research, program facilitation, and administrative tasks, as needed.

Public Religion Research Institute, Washington, D.C. 

Research Intern (Remote Position)

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.

The intern will work closely with our research team. Research Intern responsibilities include:
-Conducting background research for survey reports, presentations, PRRI Public Fellow requests, and blog posts
-Compiling lists of previously asked questions on research topics and updating relevant databases
-Assist with number checking reports and tables, as well as materials for media outlets, funders, and stakeholders
-Assisting with brainstorming and writing of blog posts for PRRI website
-Assisting with survey design and  crafting narratives for survey reports
-Other tasks as assigned

Qualifications and characteristics:
-Current major or undergraduate degree in political science, religious studies, sociology, or another related field with an interest in pluralism
-Excellent written and oral communication skills
-Background/experience/interest in research or stats preferred but not required

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. 

Research Intern (Remote Position) 

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 Museum is undertaking a complete reinstallation of the museum in tandem with a gallery renovation project. One of the museum's strengths is its collection of 19th century artworks by African American artists: painters Robert S. Duncanson, Edward Bannister, and Henry O. Tanner foremost among them. The photography collection includes significant work by early African American daguerreotypists working in cities associated with the Underground Railroad, and the patrons of some of these artists include leading abolitionists, notably in Cincinnati.

We are looking for a research assistant capable of diving into the possible connections between these patrons, people associated with the Underground Railroad in several key cities, and the artists in our collection. Research will include the role of women in these endeavors, notably but not limited to their organization of Sewing/Knitting circles, designed to support the Union during the Civil War and to provide clothing for the people using the UGRR to escape slavery.

Our goal is to use the museum's collection to illuminate aspects of the Black experience in 19th century America. Requisite skills include knowledge of the period, proficiency with online primary and secondary research, and a willingness to correspond via email and phone with scholars and historical societies. You will be in regular contact with Eleanor Harvey and John Jacob, curators of 19th century American paintings and photography, and participate in Zoom/Teams sessions with the museum's curators as the reinstallation plans develop. If you ever wanted to know how the sausage gets made behind the scenes at a museum, and you enjoy endless PowerPoints in meetings, working for us should give you a ringside seat.

Please note this is a remote position. However, occasional in-person meetings and interactions may be possible, dependent upon on local and federal COVID guidelines for the summer and the location of the intern. 

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. 

Office of the Historian Intern (Remote Position) 

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 works for 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, particularly those about Watergate and the War of 1898. The intern will also help with department and museum management by assisting with administrative duties related to 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.

Society for Women's Health Research, Washington, D.C. 

Communications and Policy Intern (Remote Position) 

ABOUT SWHR: 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 can 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 improving women’s health through science, policy, and education.

POSITION SUMMARY: The communications and policy intern will assist with drafting and implementation of communications plans and products related to the SWHR’s scientific and policy programs and events. Types of materials produced by this role may include social media messaging, factsheets, blog posts, policy comments or letters, event materials, and website content. The intern will also assist with communications related to SWHR’s Policy Advisory Council and coalition memberships as well as compiling research on legislative and regulatory topics of relevance. Duties may also include assisting in coordinating logistics for events, updating the SWHR website, 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 scientific and legislative priorities
-Monitor ongoing policy issues and update SWHR’s legislative and regulatory trackers
-Assist in development of email blasts about SWHR events and news
-Attend SWHR events and partner events as needed, such as meetings, webinars, and Capitol Hill briefings
-Contribute to research and writing efforts related to SWHR’s regulatory and legislative needs
-Work with other SWHR staff to ensure unified communications on behalf of the organization
-Complete other communications, policy, 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

-Undergraduate student (who has completed their sophomore year) working toward a degree in communications, public relations, or other relevant subject
-Basic knowledge of US federal government and interest in US health care policy
-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

U.S. House of Representatives - Office of the Historian, Washington, D.C. 

Research Extern (Remote Position) 

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 extern with a strong interest in history or political science, writing and research. The extern 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 extern will assist staff with general office duties. The intern must be highly motivated, collaborative, and possess excellent research and computer skills.

Assignments will be distributed via Google shared folders so students will require a Gmail account. Office staff will communicate with students via email and Zoom during the externship.

Students should have access to most of these electronic resources for completing assignments
-HeinOnline database (specifically “U.S. Federal” portion);
-Nineteenth Century Newspapers (via Gale databases);
-Proquest Congressional;
-Proquest Historical Newspapers. 

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, Winterthur, DE

 Academic Programs Department Intern (Remote with On-Site Opportunities) 

This internship will be remote; however, if the intern is local to Winterthur there can be opportunities for on-site work.

About Winterthur: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library 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 that have been mined regularly by scores of leading humanities scholars throughout the last seventy years.

Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in a? magnificent 175-room house, much as it was when the du Pont family lived here, as well as in permanent and changing exhibition galleries. Designed by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur’s 60-acre naturalistic garden is among America’s best, with magnificent specimen plantings and mass displays of color. The estate is set amidst a 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands.

Interns at Winterthur enjoy an environment that is rich in culture and natural beauty while contributing specific skills and upholding the core values of the organization.

About the Academic Programs Department Internship: This is an excellent opportunity for an intern interested in history, museums, libraries, or other aspects of material culture to be immersed in the exciting and dynamic Academic Programs Department which includes Winterthur Portfolio, the Research Fellowship Program, and two graduate programs, WPAMC and WUDPAC. Interns at Winterthur will gain experience in the publishing field; will interact with and assist a cohort of global scholars, artists, and craftspeople studying material culture; and will help with the planning and implementation of a multi-year exhibition entitled Upcycled! Transformative Design at Winterthur.

 The intern will get hands-on training in the publishing field to hone skills in editing, research, and communications with the staff of Winterthur’s in-house academic journal, Winterthur Portfolio, an interdisciplinary journal of American material culture that is currently working on an upcoming series on enslavement and material culture. Duties will include preparing social media related to recent and forthcoming issues of WP, reading and evaluating manuscripts, researching reviewers for books and articles, and other duties as assigned.

 Winterthur’s Research Fellowship Program awards 30-35 fellowships each year to academics, graduate students, artists, makers, and craftspeople to support collections-based research for exhibits, books, art installations, and much more. While working in the Research Fellowship Program, you will assist staff in organizing colloquia, interfacing with researchers, and coordinating social media posts from fellows to publicize the program and its activities.

 Upcycled! is a multi-year project at Winterthur focused broadly on the concept of upcycling. Upcycling is traditionally defined as creating an object of greater value from a discarded object of lesser value; however, we have chosen to think about upcycling in broad terms for the purposes of the project and will include objects and installations that might be described as assembled, transformed, recycled, altered, repaired, and preserved. Working on this exhibition, you will join a team of artists, curators, professors, students, and others to bring contemporary art to Winterthur and the greater region. Duties for this portion of the internship will vary based on need but will involve prepping social media posts and communications related to this exhibit.

This internship is ideal for students who have an interest or background in the humanities or social sciences and/or writing and communications. It is also geared towards students who are looking to get firsthand museum experience in a fun but intellectually rigorous setting. This internship is ideal for students who like to work independently, are creative, and enjoy research and learning new things.