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Internships at the Gilder Lehrman Institute provide a strong foundation in various aspects of the museum, archives, and education professions as well as an introduction to working in a nonprofit organization. All interns will be paid $15 per hour.

Funding for internships at the Gilder Lehrman Collection is provided thanks to a generous grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.



  • Interest in American history and K–12 education is a requirement for all applicants.
  • Unless otherwise noted, all internships are open to candidates enrolled in high school, college, and graduate school.

Please note that while we welcome applicants from outside New York City, the internship program does not provide housing. Interns are responsible for their own lodging.

To Apply

  1. Complete our application form.
  2. Ask a professor or teacher to send a recommendation for you by email to

For questions regarding the internships, email or call 646-366-9666, ext 127.

Apply for the Fall 2019 internships here.

Fall 2019 Internships

Development Intern

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

  • Research & Writing
    • Identify and research potential funding sources, including foundations, corporations, and individuals.
    • Help create prospect profiles, such as biographical and financial information.
    • Research donor and foundation contact information using web platforms such as WealthEngine and Foundation Directory.
  • Database and Mailings
    • Play a key role in updating, organizing, and standardizing existing records in our CiviCRM database.
    • Input new data and maintain existing data with extreme attention to detail.
    • Provide support in sending direct-mail campaigns, donor solicitation letters, and invitations to donors and prospects.
  • Events 
    • Assist with the planning, organization, and post-production of donor and fundraising events, such as our annual book prizes and Gala.
    • Attend the events and assist with on-site staff duties.
    • Assist in compiling donor solicitation materials.
  • Organizational Support and Opportunities
    • Assist with Board of Trustees and President’s Council meeting preparations.
    • Help manage inventory of materials from events and campaigns.
    • Interact with all departments and programs in the Institute


Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Highly organized with impeccable attention to detail
  • Tech-savvy with the ability to quickly learn new software
  • Basic understanding of Excel is required
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with database systems is preferred

Hours: 10 hours per week, days negotiable

Supervisor: Peggy Schriber, Development Associate