2016 Summer Internships

The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers summer internships for high school and college students. All interns will be asked to work Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All internships are unpaid.

Each year, the internship program includes weekly enrichment activities designed to deepen students’ understanding of American history and introduce students to potential careers in the field.

Qualifications

  • High school or college student
  • Availability to work Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Interest in American history and K–12 education

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

College students will be expected to work from June 13 through August 5, 2016.

High school students will be expected to work from June 27 through August 12, 2016.

All application materials must be received by March 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified no later than March 15, 2016.

TO APPLY

  1. Send a cover letter and resume by email to [email protected]. Please specify which internship(s) you are applying for in the subject line.
  2. Ask a teacher or professor to send a recommendation for you by email to [email protected] or by mail to:

Internship Program
The Gilder Lehrman Institute
49 West 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10036

For questions regarding the internships, email [email protected] or call 646-366-9666.


Internship: Teacher Seminars

Summary of Position

Gilder Lehrman seeks an organized, motivated administrative intern to support the education department’s Teacher Seminar Program.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to,

  • Distribute materials to seminar participants, professors, and coordinators
  • Compile seminar materials including lesson plans, document booklets, and registration packets
  • Assist in organizing and maintaining social media and seminar websites

Essential Skills & Abilities

  • Proficient in Excel, Word, and Powerpoint
  • Highly organized with close attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Internship: Digital Projects and Publications

Summary of Position

Gilder Lehrman seeks an organized, motivated intern to support the digital projects of the Institute.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to,

  • Research Gilder Lehrman Collection and web materials to support digital publications
  • Assist in creation of history calendars using Gilder Lehrman materials
  • Provide research and editorial support for a digital project on Abraham Lincoln
  • Provide support for videographer

Essential Skills & Abilities

  • Interest in video production, digital photography, and/or visual arts
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop and Premiere Pro (or other video editing software like Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer)
  • Interest in digital and web production, and social media
  • Familiarity with CMS and basic HTML preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Internship: Marketing and Communications

Summary of Position

Gilder Lehrman seeks an organized, motivated communications intern to support the organization’s publicity and marketing efforts.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to,

  • Create and schedule continuous content for social media platforms based on Gilder Lehrman Collection documents, historic events, and Gilder Lehrman programs 
  • Develop analytic reports measuring success of social media efforts
  • Assist in the development of messaging in advertisements
  • Identify best channels for advertising and promoting Gilder Lehrman’s programs
  • Write press releases and pitch stories to media
  • Perform market research and analysis for the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s programs
  • Coordinate logistics for conferences that Gilder Lehrman attends (logistics include shipping materials, developing collateral materials, creating press packets, and determining pre- and post-marketing campaigns for conference leads)

Essential Skills & Abilities

  • Must be proficient in Excel, Word, and Powerpoint; familiarity with InDesign and Photoshop not required, but a plus
  • Highly organized with close attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Adept at learning new technologies a must

Internship: Development

Summary of Position

Gilder Lehrman seeks an organized, motivated development intern to support the organization’s fundraising efforts.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to,

  • Prospect Research – Identify and research potential funding sources, including foundations, corporations, and individuals
  • Gift Processing – Draft acknowledgement letters and update database
  • Event Management – Provide support in preparing guest lists, sending invitations, and performing other responsibilities related to fundraising events
  • Donation Appeals – Coordinate targeted mailings to current and prospective donors

Essential Skills & Abilities

  • Highly organized with close attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with fundraising database systems (e.g., Raisers Edge) a plus

Internship: The Gilder Lehrman Collection

About the Gilder Lehrman Collection

The Gilder Lehrman Collection is a unique archive of primary sources in American history. Held by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and located at the New-York Historical Society, the Collection includes more than 60,000 letters, diaries, maps, pamphlets, printed books, newspapers, photographs, and ephemera that document the political, social, and economic history of the United States. An extensive resource for educators, students, and scholars, the Collection ranges from 1493 through the twentieth century and is widely considered one of the nation’s great archives in the Revolutionary, early national, antebellum, and Civil War periods.

Summary of Position

Gilder Lehrman seeks a highly organized, motivated Collection intern to assist in preparing archival materials for use by patrons and digitization.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to,

  • Reviewing Collection materials and implementating an inventory control system
  • Managing digital images
  • Cataloging archival materials
  • Assisting with education workshops
  • Assisting with our summer camp program on using primary sources
  • Carrying out other duties as assigned

Qualifications for Collection Interns

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a program for archives, library, or museum studies or must be considering a career in an archives, library, or museum
  • Strong interest in American history

Essential Skills & Abilities

  • Highly organized with close attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills

NOTE: If you are currently enrolled in a professional program, please enclose a list of relevant courses already taken along with your cover letter, resume, and letter of reference.