Internships

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Internships at the Institute provide strong foundations in various aspects of the museum, archives, and education professions as well as an introduction to working in a nonprofit organization. In addition to their work in individual departments, all Summer 2018 interns will report one day each week to the Gilder Lehrman Collection for a digital history project. Listings for Summer 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].

Qualifications

  • Summer 2018 internships will be available for high school and college students. The application deadline for the summer program is March 1, 2018. Please read the additional information in the Summer 2018 Internships section below.
  • Interest in American history and K–12 education

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.

Summer 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.


Summer 2018 Internships

All Summer 2018 interns will work Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted in the description. The summer internship program runs from June 11 to August 2 for college students and from June 25 to August 9 for high school students.

The application deadline for the summer program is March 1, 2018.

Curatorial Intern

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Collection Management

  • Review original documents and compare records to database records
  • Update record with new or corrected information
  • Attach barcode labels to folders and boxes

Cataloging Archival Materials

  • Organize discreet archives of letters
  • Read letters and write summary descriptions
  • Review original documents and compare records to database records

Education Programs

  • Assist with summer camp program for fifth and sixth graders on using primary sources

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 PastPerfect collections management software a plus

Supervisor: Beth Huffer, Curator of Books and Manuscripts

Development Intern

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Research and Writing

  • Identify and research potential funding sources, including foundations, corporations, and individuals
  • Help create prospect profiles, such as biographical and financial information
  • Assist in compiling donor solicitation materials

Database and Mailings

  • Play a key role in updating, organizing, and standardizing existing records in both our CiviCRM database and individual files
  • Input new data with great attention to detail
  • Research donor and foundation contact information using web platforms such as Wealthengine and Foundation Directory to find missing information or to update existing data

Filing and Organizational Support

  • Providing support in sending mailings and invitations to donors and prospects
  • Scan and organize development paperwork
  • Create physical and digital filing system for external ephemera (annual reports, invitations, press)

Events

  • Assist with the pre-production, organization, and post-production of fundraising events, such as our annual Gala and national book prizes

Required skills include

  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Must be tech-savvy with the ability to quickly learn new software
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with database systems and/or Excel a plus

Supervisors: Rachel Hechtman, Events and Development Associate, and Dorsey Hill, Development Coordinator

Digital Imaging Intern

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to) 

Scanning Archival Materials

  • Scan archival materials using Epson flatbed scanner
  • Process images and apply metadata
  • Attach images in PastPerfect Collection Management Software
  • File management for digital images

Required skills include

  • Highly organized with close attention to detail
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Prior experience scanning a plus
  • Knowledge of basic collections care and management practices a plus
  • Basic knowledge of PastPerfect collections management software a plus

Supervisor: Beth Huffer, Curator of Books and Manuscripts

Education Intern

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars

  • Assisting seminar staff in planning 2018 Teacher Seminars
  • Updating seminar webpages for participants enrolled in seminars
  • Serving as the onsite coordinator for a one-week Teacher Seminar based in New York City in July

Teaching Literacy through HistoryTM (TLTH)

  • Assist Senior Education Fellows in reviewing and updating lessons and online resources
  • Assist in evaluation and improvement of TLTH programs in advance of Fall 2018
  • Assist in inviting scholars and communicating with district contacts for Fall 2018 programs

Hamilton Education Program

  • Assist Hamilton Education Program staff in reviewing student work and choosing exemplars for presentation
  • Research Title I schools in selected 2019 tour cities and create a plan for an outreach campaign

Required skills include

  • Highly organized with close attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Interest in nonprofit museum/education programming and teaching K–12 American history
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Word, and Powerpoint

Supervisors: Daniel Pecoraro, Education Program Coordinator, and Andrea Zakai, Assistant Director of Education Programs

Exhibitions and Public Programs Intern

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

  • Assist Multimedia Producer in filming and editing short videos
  • Provide support for relevant digital projects and exhibitions
  • Provide administrative support for the NEH grant–funded Revisiting the Founding Era program

Required skills include

  • Highly organized with close attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills and can-do attitude
  • Interest in history, film, libraries, and archives
  • Interest in and experience with photography, videography, and Adobe Creative Suite software (Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects) preferred but not required

Supervisors: Peter Shea, Video Producer, and Mary Kate Kwasnik, Manager of Exhibitions and Public Programs

Marketing and Communications Intern

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Social Media

  • 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

Communications

  • Write press releases in consultation with the director of marketing

Marketing

  • Identify best channels for advertising and promoting the Institute’s programs and assist in the development of online advertising copy
  • Perform market research and analysis for the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s programs
  • Coordinate logistics for conferences that Institute staff attend (logistics include shipping materials, developing collateral materials, creating press packets, and determining pre- and post-marketing campaigns for conference leads)

Required skills include

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

Supervisors: Josh Landon, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Anna Khomina, Sales and Marketing Assistant

Public History Intern

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

  • Create word-processed transcripts of archival documents
  • Conduct background research
  • Draft historical introductions when necessary

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with a major in history or American studies with an American history focus
  • Ability to read handwriting (both print and script)

Essential Skills & Abilities

  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills

Supervisor: Beth Huffer, Curator of Books and Manuscripts

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, a reference letter from at least one instructor, and a list of relevant completed courses to [email protected].

Research Intern, Gilder Lehrman Scholarly Advisory Board and Scholarly Fellowship Program

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

Research, Gilder Lehrman Scholarly Advisory Board

  • Locating prospective members of the Scholarly Advisory Board, obtaining contact information for the mailing list, and meeting regularly with the supervisor to review all new entries
  • Compiling a comprehensive bibliography of books and articles by Scholarly Advisors, making sure to note all book prizes and honors won

Database, Gilder Lehrman Scholarly Fellowship Program

  • Finding and updating home addresses, e-mail addresses, and other contact details for current and former Gilder Lehrman Fellows
  • Expanding the working list of Fellows’ publications into a full bibliography of dissertations, books, and articles from 1998 to the present

Filing and Organizational Support

  • Scanning and organizing paperwork relating to the Scholarly Advisory Board and Scholarly Fellowship Program
  • Maintaining physical & digital filing system under the direction of the supervisor

Required skills include

  • Attentiveness to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with database systems and/or Excel
  • A working knowledge of American history
  • Interest in recent scholarship in the field

Supervisor: Nicole Seary, Senior Editor and Coordinator of the Gilder Lehrman Scholarly Fellowship Program