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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. Interns in the Gilder Lehrman Collection will also receive a travel stipend.

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

Cataloging Intern

This internship, funded by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, will provide a strong foundation in multiple aspects of the archives and museum profession. Interns 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.

The items to be cataloged are a collection of more than 2,000 engravings, lithographs, photogravures, photo-offsets, and halftones. The collection consists of English and American portraits of noted writers, military figures, politicians, and historical scenes. They cover a wide range of topics within American history. The goal of the internship is to create item-level records providing metadata and a summary of contents for each engraving.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):     

  • Cataloging
    • Create item-level records in PastPerfect
    • Expand on scope and content, date, and subject fields of existing records
    • Rehouse engravings

Required skills include:

  • Highly organized with 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 Past Perfect or other collections management software a plus

Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; 10 hours/week for 14 weeks (140 hours)
Supervisor: Alinda Borell, Archivist

Application due date: 8/16/2019