Internships

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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.

 

Qualifications

  • 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 education@gilderlehrman.org.

Please note that the application deadline for the Summer 2020 internships was Monday, March 2, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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


Summer 2020 Internships

All interns will report Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., for the course of the internship. In addition to the responsibilities of each position listed below, all interns will spend one day per week at the Gilder Lehrman Collection on an all-intern curatorial project. College internships run from Monday, June 8 through Thursday, August 6. High school internships run from Monday, June 29 through Thursday, August 13.

Cataloging Intern

This internship, funded by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation and based at the Gilder Lehrman Collection, will provide a strong foundation in multiple aspects of the archives and museum profession. The intern will be trained in object handling and cataloging. Applicants should have a strong interest in American history and be considering a career in archives or museum studies.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

  • Cataloging
    • Create item-level records in PastPerfect
    • Rehouse engravings
    • Scan materials
  • Outreach
    • Assist with summer camp for middle school boys
    • Prepare a presentation for one First Friday program
    • Draft a social media post about a Collection item
    • Collaborate with other interns on a group project using Collection materials

Required skills include

  • Highly organized
  • Close attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of basic collections care and management practices a plus
  • Basic knowledge of PastPerfect or other collections management software a plus 

Curatorial Intern

This internship, funded by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation and based at the Gilder Lehrman Collection, will provide a strong foundation in multiple aspects of the archives and museum profession. The intern will be trained in object handling, museum education, and cataloging. Applicants should have a strong interest in American history and be considering a career in archives or museum studies.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

  • Collection Management
    • Assist with care and upkeep of the Collection storage area, including sweeping and dusting
    • Review original materials and compare records to database records
    • Update PastPerfect records with new or corrected information
    • Create location finding aids using PastPerfect
    • Assist in gathering and re-filing artifacts used for presentations
    • Create condition reports for artifacts
    • Assist in reading and recording data from hygrothermograph data loggers
  • Outreach
    • Assist with programs for students and teachers
    • Assist with summer camp for middle school boys
    • Prepare a presentation for one First Friday program
    • Create word-processed transcriptions of archival documents
    • Conduct background research on archival documents and artifacts in the Collection
    • Draft a social media post about a Collection item
    • Collaborate with other interns on a group project using Collection materials

Required skills include

  • Highly organized
  • Close attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of basic collections care and management practices a plus
  • Basic knowledge of PastPerfect collections management software a plus

Reference Intern

This internship, funded by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation and based at the Gilder Lehrman Collection, will provide an introduction to work supporting research and providing access to historical documents. Applicants should be high school students with an interest in exploring career opportunities in history, archives, libraries, and/or museums.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

  • Reference, Rights, and Reproductions
    • Assist in providing reference services for patrons on site and remotely
    • Prepare lists of materials related to research topics
    • Process requests for PDFs
    • Compile images for reference requests and internal projects
  • Digitization and Reference Support
    • Scan archival materials using Epson flatbed scanner
    • Manage files for digital images
    • Create word-processed transcriptions of archival documents
  • Education Programs
    • Assist with preparation of handouts for group visits to the Collection
    • Assist with summer camp for middle school boys

Required skills include

  • Highly organized
  • Close attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of basic collections care and management practices a plus
  • Basic knowledge of PastPerfect collections management software a plus

Content, Publications, and Multimedia Intern

This internship, based in our 45th Street office, will provide a strong foundation in development of audio, visual, and web content for K–12 educators, K–12 students, and general audiences, with training encompassing all roles and responsibilities.

Roles and Responsibilities (including but not limited to)

  • Create a new digital exhibition centering on the topics of women's history or African American voting rights
  • Update/reformat traveling exhibition support documents
  • Assist in researching sources from the Gilder Lehrman Collection for A More Perfect Union (pending project funding) and assist in updating AMPU webpages
  • Assist Hamilton Education Program staff in reviewing student work and choosing exemplars for presentation
  • Assist in testing wide release version of Hamilton Education Program Online digital suite

Databases and Records Intern

This internship, based in our 45th Street office, will provide a strong background in maintenance and upkeep of various organizational databases and assets using CiviCRM, Drupal, and Vimeo.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

  • Assist the Senior Video Producer to archive videos
  • Assist the Education Department in maintaining database records for Affiliate Schools and teachers
  • Add/update past attendance event information in our database
  • Rehouse data from household to individual accounts for donor contacts
  • Upload donor information and update donor records to capture attendance at winter and spring events
  • Research donors and update records

Programs & Events Intern

This internship, based in our 45th Street office, will provide a strong foundation in planning in-person and digital programs for K–12 educators and students. The intern will be trained in the step-by-step process of planning logistics for such programs in addition to production of audio, visual, and web content.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

  • Assist seminar staff in planning 2020 Teacher Seminars, and preliminary planning for 2021 programs
  • Assist with logistical planning for the 2020 Teacher Seminar Summit
  • Serve as the onsite coordinator for a three-day Teacher Seminar based in New York City, July 13–15.
  • Assist Education Program Coordinators and Director of Evaluation in evaluation and analysis of Teaching Literacy through History (TLTH), Teaching Civics through History (TCTH), and A More Perfect Union (AMPU) programs
  • Assist in processing AMPU travel reimbursements
  • Assist in development of History Essentials component of AMPU
  • Research school districts for potential outreach for TLTH and TCTH programming.
  • Research Title I schools in fall 2020 tour cities for the Hamilton Education Program and assist in the development of an outreach campaign
  • Assist in testing wide release version of Hamilton Education Program Online digital suite