2022 Internship Opportunities
This is an up-to-date list of the internship sites for summer 2022. Remote positions are fully virtual internships. Hybrid internships require the intern to be on-site 2-3 days a week. In-person positions require on-site work five days a week. Part-time internships are roughly 20 hours per week, with full-time positions requiring 35-40 hours per week. Most internships are for 10 weeks; some positions will only last 8 weeks. The deadline to apply is Sunday, February 13 by 11:59 p.m. Additional sites - and position descriptions - will be added up until the deadline, so please revisit this page and plan to submit your application around or on February 13.
American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA
TWO POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE - interns have the choice of being remote or in-person for these full-time positions.
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.
Revolutionary City: A Portal to the Nation’s Founding is a public-facing digital archive (https://therevolutionarycity.org/) of manuscript materials created or received in Philadelphia during the American Revolution (1774-1783). Archival collections that reveal the story of how the Revolution unfolded in that most revolutionary of cities are largely hidden. Philadelphia is an iconic symbol of the American Revolution, home to the Continental Congress and Independence Hall. While historic sites can be visited, the personal diaries, correspondence, broadsides, and business and court documents documenting the conflicted feelings of the women and men who lived through the tumultuous revolution cannot be easily found online. Revolutionary City brings together collections scattered across multiple archives, reuniting manuscript and print materials that have been separated, in some cases, for centuries. Institutional choices about collection organization and cataloging privilege elite white families, rendering invisible many more, especially people of color, with whom their lives were intertwined. As the United States approaches its semiquincentennial (250th) anniversary in 2026, Americans will be looking online for materials to help them understand the nation’s founding principles, history, and democratic processes. Revolutionary City will allow them to see their own diverse backgrounds and experiences reflected in these sources, in the shared story of the women and men who declared independence, founded a new nation, and united as a citizenry to create a democracy.
Working closely with Kyle Roberts, Associate Director of Library & Museum Programming and staff at the APS, the Starr intern will contribute to the Revolutionary City Portal. The internship will focus on transcription of the original manuscripts, metadata creation, and biographical research on women and men named in these rare primary source materials. Special attention will be paid to recovering the voices of women and men marginalized in the archival record.
Not only will the intern have the opportunity to contribute transcriptions and metadata to the published digital archive, 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.
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
Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE
Hybrid or in-person, part-time position - 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 have included a collaboration with the Winslow Homer - From Poetry to Fiction, Frida Kah/a: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray. The 2022 Exhibition schedule will feature notable exhibitions such as Guild Hall: An Adventure in the Arts, and Art Deco Glass from the Huchthausen Collection.
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 and complete other ad hock assignments as needed.
This 8 week (20 hours/week) summer program will run from early June through early August with the possibility of extending to 10 weeks if agreed upon by all This position has the flexibility to be hybrid or fully on-site.Responsibilities:
- Manage and monitor Biggs Museum's social media presence on platforms including but not limited to: Facebook, lnstagram, Twitter, and Knowledge of Hootsuite a plus.
- 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
- Assist 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 ARE AVAILABLE - in-person, full-time positions
The Chadds Ford Historical Society owns and preserves three pre-revolutionary buildings which are open to the public as house museums. The Society is headquartered in a large building in Chadds Ford with a community room, computer area, archive and storage areas, research library, and museum shop. The Society runs a wide variety of community events, lecture series, exhibits, and educational programs. We maintain a significant collection of historic documents and artifacts.
There are two positions available for interns interested in an in-person full-time experience for the summer.
Digital Archive: The Society is committed to improving access to our extensive document, oral history, and artifact collection. The intern will develop a plan to create an engaging online archive of these resources. With the support of staff and volunteers, the intern will build a section on our website to house this archive. The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in working directly with irreplaceable historic documents. The effort will involve digitizing the documents and preparing brief descriptions of the importance of each. Prior experience with html coding is not necessary.
We have an extensive collection of oral history interviews with residents whose memories reach as far back as 1900. The Society has already produced several podcasts utilizing these recordings. The intern will have the opportunity to produce and narrate new editions of these podcasts in areas of interest identified by the intern.
Program Planning: The Society runs a variety of education programs throughout the year. The intern will produce scripts and lesson plans for a variety of colonial activities. These plans can be used by volunteers to run these programs in the future. Examples include candle-making, marble-making, and colonial games. With the help of staff and volunteers, the intern will research a variety of activities to develop comprehensive lesson plans, including an inventory of necessary materials.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Serve as an engaging docent for building tours, wearing colonial garb (provided by CFHS).
- Learn and help with 18th century cooking and baking demonstrations.
- Assist with Education Programs and Summer Camps
- 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.
Delaware Center for Horticulture, Wilmington, DE
In-person, full-time position - The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH, Wilmington, DE) is seeking a motivated,
energetic student in horticulture, agriculture, or plant science to serve as our 2022
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 was created through the coordinated efforts of the late Wilmington City Councilman and neighborhood activist Eric D. Robinson, the 11th Street Bridge community, DCH, and the City of Wilmington. Once a vacant lot in an area dominated by corner stores, the farm provides residents with fresh fruits and vegetables, and is poised to continue its efforts to combat food security issues in the Wilmington area through increased donation goals for the 2022 growing season. DCH's intern will have the unique opportunity of working directly with DCH’s urban farm coordinator, and gaining applied community outreach experience though 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 garden/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 and workshops, 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 and public landscapes.
-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 or 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.
Proof of COVID vaccination and booster is required. 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.
Easterseals of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, DE (Newark, Dover, Georgetown, or New Castle)
In-person, full-time position -
Position Title: Outpatient Rehabilitation/Children Therapies (ORT) & Life Services (IDS) Intern
Location Options: Newark, Dover, Georgetown or New Castle
Purpose: This full-time Intern will work as a program assistant in therapy play groups with Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Early Childhood Educators by setting up therapy rooms and activities, playing with and carrying out the children’s goals, and preparing various projects needed for therapy. The intern will also work with Intellectual Disability Services (IDS) to provide goal-driven activities and community involvement through individual and group instruction. Interns will support staff in creating and implementing meaningful program activities that promote independence. There will be opportunities to create and lead your own group activity or presentation, as well as observe and participate in staff meetings. The selected intern will support our mission to provide 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.
Program Description: Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapies provides physical, occupational, speech and language therapies for children and adults to increase strength, mobility, communication, endurance and functional skills. An important component of Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapies is Assistive Technology Services which provides expertise to people with disabilities through the recommendation of products, devices, and custom equipment. Early Childhood Development Services, consisting of early intervention programs, provides individually designed therapy for developmentally delayed or “at risk” infants and children through age three. Early childhood special educators, therapists, social workers and others work together with parents to prepare each child and family for the eventual transition into a preschool program. Intellectual Disabilities Services provides day programs with community-oriented opportunities and activities for adults with intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities, designed to increase personal independence and enhance the person’s quality of life. Service options vary by location and include basic living skills instruction, day programs, community experiences, job training, volunteer and paid work placement and door-to-door transportation.
-Assist staff in creating and leading meaningful activities
-Help with set up and breakdown of therapy rooms
-Use training to develop picture communication systems
-Use training to program various assistive technology devices
-Create therapy materials
-Case management support
-Other duties as assigned
Length of Internship: We are looking for about 30-40 hours a week for this full time, 10-week internship, though we will build a schedule that best fits the intern’s schedule. Our programs run Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 3:00pm.
Qualifications: Basic knowledge of computers. Pleasant manner, approachable, patient, problem-solving ability, dependability and desire to work with people with disabilities. Training for this position will be provided. Dress code is business casual.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon, VA
Hybrid, full-time 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 collaborating with the Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library to construct ARGO: American Revolutionary Geographies Online, a new digital portal that brings together thousands of digitized early American maps from several partner institutions into one place. In addition to the maps, ARGO will feature essays, curated exhibits, and digital interactives that help patrons interpret the cartography and geography of the Revolutionary Era. The digital history intern will work collaboratively with the CDH’s Digital Historian and ARGO’s Postdoctoral Fellow on the project.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York City
Remote, full-time position - This internship will provide experience producing and managing exhibitions in three formats – digital, reproductions, and artifact based. The intern will work closely with the Collection Director, Assistant Curator, and Collection Outreach Coordinator to prepare to create exhibition content and to manage the digital and traveling exhibition programs.
Duties will include:
● Assist in the creation of new exhibitions
● Review and edit current digital exhibitions
● Manage requests for traveling exhibitions
● Consolidate and reorganize exhibitions files
Required skills include:
● A can-do attitude and demonstrated ability to problem-solve under pressure
● Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
● Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
● Experience with Google Sheets and Google Docs
● Experience with Google Arts & Culture is a plus, but not required
About The Organization
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) is the nation’s leading American history
organization dedicated to K–12 education. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge
and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources. Since its
founding in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has created powerful and meaningful ways to
teach and learn history. Focusing on primary sources, the Institute offers teacher seminars,
online courses, exhibitions, digital materials, and print publications that enable students of all
ages and backgrounds to study the nation’s past.
The Institute brings the work of today’s leading historians into classrooms and homes around
the globe. Through public events, publications, posters, videos, exhibitions, and essays, and a
dedicated website rich in primary sources, the Institute brings every period of American history
to life. The Institute’s diverse education programs, including the acclaimed Hamilton Education Program, provide opportunities to explore five centuries of American history. The Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School network comprises nearly nine million students and 63,000 teachers from more than 30,000 schools worldwide.
Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE
Hybrid, full-time 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 social media platforms, production of short-format videos, audience analysis, and contributions to our publications.
In July, Hagley will be unveiling its new Nation of Inventors exhibition, 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 and drive attendance once open to the public.
Writing assignments will be included for Hagley’s quarterly magazine highlighting a museum collection, special event, or member profile.
Live coverage of our signature events with photography and social media posts will be included. The intern will assist with collecting survey responses from attendees at our summer events.
Excellent writing and editing skills are a must. The ideal candidate will have a good eye for photography. Familiarity with video editing is preferred with iMovie, Final Cut, or Adobe Premiere. Experience with posting across all social media platforms (personal or professional) is preferred.
The intern should plan to fulfill this commitment with a hybrid schedule. Flexibility for occasional event coverage on evenings and weekends is required with additional duties to be assigned as needed.
For more information on Hagley Museum, please visit www.hagley.org.
Human Rights Campaign, Washington, D.C.
Hybrid/Remote/In-Person (depending on the student), full-time 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 2022. 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 has the option to be fully remote or in-person in our Washington, D.C. office.
Library of Congress - Publishing Office, Washington, D.C.
Remote, full-time 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, and other works that help 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
- Assisting with permissions to reproduce copyrighted material
- Proofreading manuscripts and typeset pages
- Organizing arts logs for heavily illustrated books
- Drafting text for captions and credits
Knowledge exchange is facilitated through a series of specific assignments, one-on-one sessions with staff, participation in staff and project meetings, and a robust selection of reading and industry training material.
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.
Visit http://www.loc.gov/publish/general/ for more information.
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
In-person, full-time position - The Land Stewardship and Ecology Intern is immersed in both the practice of land stewardship and the science of ecology, learning from varied experiences that range from restoration of native plant communities and scientific data collection to wildlife management.
The intern supports Longwood’s Land Stewardship and Ecology team in the management of 700+ diverse acres of forests, meadows, wetlands, streams, ponds, and agricultural lands in a southeastern Pennsylvania Piedmont landscape, including the 86-acre Meadow Garden. All members of the team perform daily stewardship activities such as planting, meadow mowing, trail maintenance, and invasive species management. The intern also helps to advance scientific research in ecology and test innovative land stewardship practices.
Responsibilities may include collecting field, laboratory, and greenhouse data; GIS mapping; engaging with volunteers; and participating in educational programs related to land stewardship. Self-motivation, a high degree of organization, attention to detail, and the ability to work both independently and with a team are essential. The ability to lift 50 lbs., willingness to work in adverse weather conditions, and a valid driver's license are required.
Experience with ecological data collection is preferred. Applicants must have or be actively working toward a bachelor’s degree in ecology, botany, wildlife biology, environmental science, or a related discipline, along with a passion for land stewardship and conservation.
This position works from June 6 – August 5 and includes free single-room housing, on-site at Longwood Gardens. (Interns will be sharing a house with 2 or 3 other individuals.) Interns must be vaccinated, per Longwood Gardens’ employment policies.
For more information on Longwood Gardens' land stewardship and management visit here.
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
In-person, full-time position - The Land Stewardship and Ecology GIS Intern supports land stewardship decision-making and helps to advance ecological science with spatial data, working hand in hand with professionals on projects ranging from experimental ecological restoration techniques to understanding the influence of past land use on future landscapes.
The intern supports Longwood’s Land Stewardship and Ecology team in the management of 700+ diverse acres of forests, meadows, wetlands, streams, ponds, and agricultural lands in a southeastern Pennsylvania Piedmont landscape, including the 86-acre Meadow Garden. The intern helps to advance scientific research in ecology and test innovative land stewardship practices using spatial tools and analyses, and by helping us to grow our understanding of land use history that influences long-term ecological studies.
Responsibilities may include research in rich archives maintained by Longwood Gardens and our partner institutions; reviewing and reporting on historical information; georeferencing aerial photographs; creating and revising maps; field mapping of natural and historic landscape features; researching and building layers from public data sources; and creating story maps to help us tell the story of the land and our work. Self-motivation, a high degree of organization, attention to detail, and the ability to work both independently and with a team are essential.
Applicants must have or be actively working toward a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. Enthusiasm for and fascination with the environment and land history are important to enjoying this work. The intern must already be skilled in use of ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, Field Maps, and Survey123; instruction in use of GIS tools is not part of this internship, though guidance will be provided for developing projects and selecting methods. This is an excellent opportunity for a student with solid technical skills to gain hands-on experience working with professionals in the field of land management and environmental science to support decision-making and scientific research, and to communicate with the public using spatial data.
This position works from June 6 – August 5 and includes free single-room housing, on-site at Longwood Gardens. (Interns will be sharing a house with 2 or 3 other individuals.) Interns must be vaccinated, per Longwood Gardens’ employment policies.
For more information on Longwood Gardens' land stewardship and management visit here.
Maryland Center for History & Culture (Baltimore, MD)
In-person or hybrid, full-time position (option for hybrid is up to the intern) - The Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC) is seeking a Washington College student with a strong interest in history, library science, museum studies, and/or research to work both on-site and virtually. This intern will engage with documents in MCHC’s H. Furlong Baldwin Library collection related to African American history of Kent County, Maryland, as well as materials pertaining to other areas of the state. While on-site at MCHC, this intern will research, process, and digitize Kent County-related materials under the joint supervision of Chesapeake Heartland and MCHC staff for inclusion on both the Chesapeake Heartland website and MCHC’s digital collections portal.
We welcome opportunities for this student to share their research findings and experience uncovering Kent County’s African American stories in the MCHC collection with a greater public audience through blog posts and/or public programs.
A portion of the internship will also be focused on gaining broader archival processing and collections management experience while working with a range of manuscripts, photographs, and/or other archival materials of a wider Maryland scope. This work may include inventorying, researching, and arranging and describing materials, including creating finding aids. The intern will help to grow access to unprocessed materials and/or improve access to existing collections.
- A background in history, museum or information studies, or related fields.
- Strong research and writing skills.
- Strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
- The ability to work well independently.
- Selected interns must submit to a background check.
About the Organization:
The Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC) collects, preserves, and interprets the history, art, and culture of Maryland. Originally founded as the Maryland Historical Society in 1844, MCHC inspires critical thinking, creativity, and community by exploring multiple perspectives and sharing national stories through the lens of Maryland.
As the oldest operating nonprofit cultural institution in the state, MCHC houses a collection of 7 million books, documents, manuscripts, and photographs, and 350,000 objects in its museum and library located in Baltimore. MCHC also serves as a leading center of Maryland history education through its onsite school tours, student research center, virtual field trips, traveling trunks, online digital learning resources, and professional development opportunities for teachers.
MCHC does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or any other status protected by law and strongly encourages all qualified professionals to apply.
Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD
In-person, full-time position - This position is for an intern to serve as staff researcher for the Maryland State Archives project relating to Native Americans in the Chesapeake region. The project seeks to improve access to records documenting an underserved population of nearly 60,000 people with American Indian heritage who live in Maryland. Interns will examine early colonial records of Maryland and extract the names of people and places for our database. The search tool the Archives is building will serve as the basis of a new website providing information resources for and about tribal communities within Maryland. Our website is envisioned as an educational pathway for teachers and historians, as well as a user-friendly experience for youth and adults to learn about their heritage. The incumbent will be creating content for this resource and may assist archivists with preparations for educational programming in advance of the launch of the website, scheduled for the second half of 2022.
The incumbent will conduct research on eighteenth-century records in the Archives of Maryland Online, utilizing previous indexing to locate specific information about English documents containing records of contact and conflict between settlers and Indigenous people. The incumbent will also write biographies of modern-day leaders in the American Indian communities around the Chesapeake to be published online, utilizing a wide range of primary and secondary sources. Biographies will document the activism, service, and cultural heritage of the men and women who are representatives for their communities.
The incumbent will be invited to write social media posts about the project, historical topics, biographical subjects.
The Maryland State Archives serves as the central depository for government records of permanent value. Its holdings date from Maryland's founding in 1634, and include colonial and state executive, legislative, and judicial records; county probate, land, and court records; church records; business records; state publications and reports; and special collections of private papers, maps, photographs, and newspapers.
National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD
In-person, full-time - Short Description: Education interns assist the Guest Engagement and Conservation 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.
Detailed 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.
This is an in-person internship: applicants must be willing and able to complete tasks on-site on the Aquarium’s campus. Learn more about the National Aquarium’s COVID-19 safety measures at https://aqua.org/visit/covid-response.Requirements:
- 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.
College internship positions are available year-round in many departments throughout the Aquarium. The Aquarium makes every effort to match interns to work that compliments their studies, interests, and skills. Students may apply for up to two internships per term; if more than two applications are submitted, only the first two will be considered.
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
The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland, is a nonprofit organization that’s changing the way humanity cares for our ocean planet. The Aquarium’s award-winning habitats are home to thousands of animals representing hundreds of species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. We are proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and strive to meet or exceed AZA standards in all aspects of animal care and welfare. A dedicated team of full- and part-time employees and volunteers drives the Aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. More than a million guests visit the Aquarium each year, and millions more participate in its conservation, education and engagement initiatives.Our Culture
The National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a visitor attraction and has evolved into a conservation organization that operates a world-class aquarium. Our core values—integrity, innovation, service, excellence, and engagement—form the basis for our beliefs about our organization, our colleagues and ourselves, and serve as the framework to guide our behavior and actions to achieve our mission. Through unparalleled exhibits, science-based education programs and hands-on field initiatives, the Aquarium is at the forefront of efforts to connect people with the natural world and raise awareness of the challenges facing our ocean.Our Mission and Goals
By connecting people with nature, the Aquarium drives conservation action for the benefit of people, animals and the planet. The Aquarium’s mission—to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures—begins within the walls of its buildings, but it does not end there. The Aquarium protects, enhances and restores natural resources through education and engagement, habitat restoration, animal rescue and sustainable business practices, with its conservation work guided by three overarching goals—to combat climate change, save wildlife and habitats, and stop plastic pollution.
Internships are paid through the Explore America program at Washington College, and there is no reimbursement for transportation or housing. Additional employment procedures may be required by this employer upon placement in the Explore America program.
National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA
Hybrid, full-time position - reports to Director of Learning and Engagement.BACKGROUND
The National Constitution Center is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization devoted to teaching about the Constitution. Located on Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall, steps from where the Constitution was drafted and signed, it serves as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling its congressional charter “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis in order to increase awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.”POSITION SUMMARY
The Education Intern will work with Visitor Experience and Education department directors 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 better support the educational experience of students, teachers, and parents as they use online resources like the Interactive Constitution, or attend online classes and virtual tours.
The intern will also support the onsite educational experience by helping to create dynamic museum programs connected to museum exhibits or holiday observances. 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 assist project leads during the planning and execution of education department programs, events and initiatives, including teacher community events, Scholar Exchanges (online classes), Civic Holidays, family programs like scouting events and sensory-friendly days, and other projects as needed, helping to ensure that projects are well organized and stay on task.
This is a hybrid internship, with the intern expected to be at the NCC’s Philadelphia location at least three days a week, and the option for remote work the other two days.RESPONSIBILITIES
- 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 that will be presented by the Center's education staff on the museum floor
- Provide research assistance for programs that will be created in conjunction with the Center's exhibits and events.
- Support in the planning and executing of education department programs, events, and initiatives.
- Attend department meetings, prepare agendas, take and circulate notes, and track action items.
- Assist with copyediting and review of internal documents
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Please note that the Center may change specific job duties with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization
- 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.; ability to work weekends and holidays a plus.
Previous experience working with public a plus
National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C.
Remote, full-time 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, 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 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
Remote, full-time position - Harpers Ferry National Historical Park encompasses almost 4,000 acres across the three states of West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. Situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, the park includes over 20 miles of hiking trails and over two centuries of recorded history. Here you can walk in the footsteps of early explorers and settlers, presidents, soldiers, students, and civil rights activists, as they each wrought changes on the landscape and shaped the course of American history.
This virtual internship is an opportunity to work closely with park rangers to expand our understanding of a specific topic in Harpers Ferry’s diverse history. The intern will be presented with a list of topics from which to choose. They will receive guidance and assistance from park staff in the form of on-site research and consultation. The expected end-product will be a footnoted essay on the chosen subject. Rangers will assist the intern in developing social media posts concerning their research to share on the park’s Facebook page.
New-York Historical Society Museum and Library, New York City
Remote or Hybrid (determined by student), part-time 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.
This fully-remote or in-person internship will run from June 13 until August 19, 2021, approximately 18 hours per week. Determination of the format can be maybe by the student upon acceptance of the position. Our Summer 2022 intern will assist with ongoing programming, helping with research, program facilitation, and administrative tasks, as needed.
Public Religion Research Institute, Washington, D.C.
Hybrid or Remote (TBD in May) - full-time position.Position Summary:
PRRI offers one research internship during the summer semester to an outstanding student who is currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. Interns will assist with a variety of tasks related to survey research and production. Research interns will aid in all aspects of the research process, including the development of survey questionnaires, data analysis, and the production of research reports.Responsibilities:
- Conduct background research for research reports
- Compile lists previously asked questions on research topics
- Number check reports and materials for media outlets and funders
- Assist with brainstorming and writing of blog posts for PRRI website
- Assist with survey design and writing survey reports
- Currently in the process of earning a bachelor's or master's degree in political science, religious studies, psychology, journalism, communications, or related field
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, detail-oriented
- Demonstrated interest in religion, politics, and cultural issues
- Experience using Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel)
- Prior experience with statistical analysis software programs such as R, RStudio, or Stata is a plus, but not required
- Get to be part of a friendly and welcoming team
- Gain a better understanding of the research process – including designing and conducting survey research in the real world
- Learn how to effectively interpret survey data and how to connect findings to current events
- Gain access to network connections and career mentoring
- Get the opportunity to publish your own spotlight analyses on PRRI’s website
Summer interns are generally expected to work a full 40-hour week during regular office hours, although there is flexibility. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PRRI will determine the summer operating status of its office at McPherson Square in Washington, DC, in May 2022. If the office is open, interns should expect to work from the office for two or three days per week, with remote work for the remaining days. A transportation stipend will be provided as needed.PRRI is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.
Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art, Washington, D.C.
Remote (with some in-person exceptions, notified at time of acceptance), full-time position
This internship is a part of The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery’s eight-week, paid Summer Undergraduate Internship program. Designed for students with little to no previous museum experience, the program introduces interns to museum work as they concentrate on one assigned department compatible with their interests or career goals. Interns are matched with one of the museums’ departments: Advancement (Development and Membership), Collections Management (Archives, Collections Management, Imaging and Photographic Services), Conservation and Scientific Research, Curatorial (Curatorial, Library, Scholarly Programs and Publications), or Operations and External Affairs (Design, Production, and Publications; Engagement and Visitor Experience; Exhibition Planning; Finance and Administration; Marketing and Communications; Public Programs; Special Events).
This internship will be virtual with a few in-person exceptions to be notified at the time of acceptance. The internship will run from June 20 – August 12, 2022.
In addition to the Explore America stipend of $5,000, an additional $600 will be paid to this intern by the institution. Also, a $1,200 stipend from the institution may be available for living expenses only.
The Smithsonian Institution has a mandate requiring all employees (federal and trust), volunteers, interns, fellows, research associates, and the contractors who work with us to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of location or arrangement (e.g., onsite, virtual, remote, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. Specific instructions for where to send your vaccine documentation will be provided.
Please note that an additional step – beyond the Explore America application - is added for the Washington College student selected for this internship. After early notification of placement, the student must complete an application directly with the National Museum of Asian Art by February 22. Further directions will be given to the student selected as soon as possible.
NMAA's internship program seeks talented individuals of all backgrounds. We value diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, gender expressions, and abilities.
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Remote, full-time position - The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of the United States 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.
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. Ideal candidates are resourceful, interested in research and writing about art as well as about history, and able to work both independently and on a team.
Society for Women's Health Research, Washington, D.C.
Remote, full-time position (option to come in once/week, if desired and based on location, and depending on the evolving situation with COVID-19 and current SWHR office policy)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. The intern can expect to help with conducting outreach to peer organizations and media outlets about SWHR materials; updating the website; drafting content for SWHR social media channels; writing blog posts; designing graphics for SWHR programs; and helping develop fact sheets, policy comments or letters, and event materials. 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, as opportunities arise. Duties may also include assisting coordinating logistics for events, such as webinars and virtual Hill briefings, and other tasks as assigned.ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES
- Research and create communications products, such as blog posts, fact sheets, 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 tracker
- 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 another relevant subject
- Basic knowledge of U.S. federal government and interest in U.S. 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) or Canva preferred
U.S. House of Representatives - Office of the Historian, Washington, D.C.
Remote, full-time 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
Hybrid, full-time position - Academic Programs Department Intern: this internship will be hybrid. We will determine how much on-site and virtual work will occur once we know where the intern lives and depending on the COVID situation.
About Winterthur: 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 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 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 creating social media and marketing materials related to the Visiting Research Fellowship Program; will interact with and assist a cohort of global scholars, artists, and craftspeople studying material culture; and depending on the interests of the intern, may provide general assistance with outreach related to our in-house journal, the Winterthur Portfolio.
The intern will get hands-on training in outreach and marketing and hone skills in editing, research, and communications with the staff of Winterthur’s research fellowship program. Winterthur’s Research Fellowship Program awards 25-35 fellowships each year to academics, graduate students, artists, makers, and craftspeople to support collections-based research for exhibits, books, art installations, and much more. Duties will include assisting staff in organizing colloquia, interfacing with researchers, coordinating social media posts from fellows to publicize the program and its activities, and other duties as assigned.
Winterthur’s in-house academic journal, Winterthur Portfolio, is an interdisciplinary journal of American material culture. As time allows and if interests of the intern align, they may be involved with preparing social media related to recent and forthcoming issues of WP, reading and evaluating manuscripts, and other duties as assigned.
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, meeting a wide range of people, and learning new things.
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