Summer Internships and Graduate Internships

Summer 2021 Internships

Metadata Tagging Project Intern

  • Dates: April 26 to August 6, 2021
  • Approximate # of Hours per Week: 15–20 (Weekly hours in April and May can be adjusted to accommodate a candidate’s academic schedule.)
  • Primary Duties: Provide administrative support for a crowd-sourcing project to review founding era periodicals and assign descriptive keywords. Duties include cropping images, uploading items to Omeka S, and reviewing volunteers’ contributions.
  • Skills Intern Will Need: Candidates should be detail oriented and have an interest in or experience in image-editing software. Knowledge of Omeka S or PastPerfect is a plus but not required.
  • Skills Intern Can Develop: The intern will learn Omeka S management, PastPerfect museum software, and metadata standards and will be given the opportunity to produce a themed Digital Volunteers project.

Collection Management Intern

  • Dates: April 26 to August 6, 2021
  • Approximate # of Hours Per Week: 15–20 (Weekly hours in April and May can be adjusted to accommodate a candidate’s academic schedule.)
  • Primary Duties: Review loan files and create exhibition records in our collection management software (PastPerfect). Conduct research on collection materials. Assist with digital image management. Update location records. Assist with creating and editing collection-related pages in Drupal. Assist with exhibition rotation. Fulfill requests for images from the Collection.
  • Skills Intern Will Need: Attention to detail, ability to multitask, experience with Google Docs and Excel.
  • Skills Intern Can Develop: Basic collection management skills, familiarity with PastPerfect museum software and Drupal.

Education Department Intern

  • Dates: June 1 to August 13, 2021
  • Approximate # of Hours Per Week: 25
  • Open to: College Students, Graduate Students
  • Primary Duties: Support GLI’s flagship professional development program, Teacher Seminars, led by some of the country’s leading historians and best teachers. Help moderate live Zoom sessions across our Teacher Seminar program and provide support for participants. Assist with administrative tasks for programs across the Education Department as needed.
  • Skills Intern Will Need: Attention to detail, ability to multitask, and experience with Google Docs, Excel, and Zoom
  • Skills Intern Can Develop: Non-profit administration and program management

Non-Profit Accounting Intern

  • Dates: June 1 to August 6, 2021
  • Approximate # of Hours Per Week: 10
  • Open to: College Students, Graduate Students
  • Primary Duties: Assist with financial reporting, investments, file maintenance, and preparation for Institute’s annual audit. Special projects as needed.
  • Skills Intern Will Need: Attention to detail, ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, Excel, Google Docs, Quickbooks a plus. Preference will be given to candidates who are accounting or finance majors.
  • Skills Intern Can Develop: Non-profit financial management and accounting

Multimedia Exhibitions Intern

  • Dates: June 1 to August 6, 2021
  • Approximate # of Hours Per Week: 15
  • Primary Duties: Review, redesign, and revamp resources that are used by hundreds of teachers, librarians, and museum staff related to the traveling exhibition program. The intern will also get to dive into digital exhibitions hosted on Google Arts and Culture.
  • Skills Intern Will Need: Attention to detail, knowledge of American history, research skills, ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, knowledge of Google Arts and Culture a plus.
  • Skills Intern Can Develop: Research and editing skills, contributing to Google Arts and Culture exhibitions.

History School Intern

  • Dates: June 21 to August 30, 2021
  • Approximate # of Hours Per Week: 15–20
  • Primary Duties: Help moderate History School classes live on Zoom, contribute to outreach and marketing efforts, and assist with administrative tasks to support the program.
  • Skills Intern Will Need: Attention to detail, ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, Excel, Powerpoint, and Google Docs.
  • Skills Intern Can Develop: Presentation, editing, researching skills, American history knowledge

Qualifications

  • Interest in American history and K–12 education are requirements for all applicants.
  • Unless otherwise noted, all internships are open to candidates enrolled in high school, college, and graduate school.

From Past Gilder Lehrman Institute Interns

“I felt that this internship provided an extremely inclusive environment. Even with the remote internship, I got to work with a wide variety of people who made me a part of the team and who were willing to answer any questions that I had or provide any other help that I required.”

“I know I will use the skills that I gained moving forward in my thesis, and its subsequent presentation, a graduate program, and in a job.”

“I appreciated the opportunity to have a hands-on experience, particularly with the transition towards making everything virtual. I believe this has allowed me to get a more authentic glimpse of the fast paced work of a non-profit.”

To Apply

Complete our application form. The application deadline is Friday, April 9, 2021, at 5 p.m. ET. All interns will work remotely in Summer 2021 and will be paid $15 per hour.


2021–2022 Graduate Internship

The Institute is currently seeking graduate students for part-time Graduate Internships to work with and support Gilder Lehrman programs for teachers and students. Among the programs the Graduate Interns may support are the Institute’s History School, which serves thousands of K–12 students directly via free online courses; Teacher Seminars online; and other public programming. We are particularly interested in candidates who are interested in African American history as an integral part of American history, and in reaching diverse audiences. This internship is for one academic year, and the role can be filled remotely. The start date can be flexible but is targeted for June 2021. The interns will work 10–20 hours per week.

Responsibilities include supporting staff and master teachers in preparing for and moderating online sessions, assisting in marketing and outreach for GLI programs, and supporting program administration to ensure that our programs are meeting student needs and GLI quality standards. Some evening and weekend tasks may be required.

To Apply

Complete our application form. The application deadline is Friday, April 9, 2021, at 5 p.m. ET. The Graduate Interns s will work remotely and will be paid $20 per hour.

For questions regarding the Summer 2021 programs, email internships@gilderlehrman.org.