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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. Listings for Fall 2018 are below.

To Apply

  1. Send a cover letter and resume by email to [email protected].
  2. Ask a professor or teacher to send a recommendation for you by email to [email protected].


  • Fall 2018 internships will be available for high school and college students.
  • Summer 2019 internships will be announced in January 2019; the application deadline for the summer program is March 4, 2019.
  • Interest in American history and K–12 education is a requirement for all applicants.

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.

Fall 2018 interns will be paid the New York City minimum wage of $15/hour.

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

Fall 2018 Interns

Collection Intern (High School students):

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)        

  • Locate images to be uploaded to the website

  • Optimize image size for web use

  • Upload image to the site

Required skills

  • Highly organized with close attention to detail

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Hours: Part time, 4–6 hours per week

Supervisor: Alinda Borell, Archivist

Collection Intern (College student)

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)      

  • Process and catalog twentieth-century photographs

    • Organize materials.

    • Catalog in PastPerfect.

    • Create digital images of the photographs.

Required skills

  • 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 PastPerfect collections management software a plus

Hours: Part time, 10 hours per week

Supervisor: Sandra Trenholm, Curator and Director, Gilder Lehrman Collection

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.
  • Filing and Organizational Support
  • Scan and organize development paperwork.
  • Assist with Board of Trustees and President’s Council meeting preparations.
  • Support the efforts of the Development team as needed.

Required skills

  • Highly organized with impeccable attention to detail

  • Tech-savvy with the ability to quickly learn new software

  • Basic understanding of Excel

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills

  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Familiarity with database systems is preferred.

Hours: Negotiable, 10 hours per week

Supervisor: Rachel Hechtman, Events and Development Associate