2017 Internships

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is currently offering eight summer internships for high school and college students across the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s departments. All interns will work Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Along with supervised projects in their respective departments, interns will also work together on cross-departmental projects at both the Gilder Lehrman Collection and the Institute’s 45th Street office, and will spend time at New York–based programs coordinated by the Institute.

TO APPLY

  1. Send a cover letter and resume by email to education@gilderlehrman.org.
  2. Ask a teacher or professor to send a recommendation for you by email to education@gilderlehrman.org.

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

College students will be expected to work from June 12 through August 3, 2017.

High school students will be expected to work from June 26 through August 10, 2017.

All application materials must be received by March 1, 2017. Applicants will be notified no later than March 15, 2017.

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.

Internships are typically unpaid, though interns will be reimbursed for transportation costs to/from their internship; if you have a financial hardship and you would need to be paid, please explain this in your application.

For questions regarding the internships, email education@gilderlehrman.org or call 646-366-9666, ext 27.

Gilder Lehrman Institute Overview

Founded in 1994 by philanthropists Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a New York–based national nonprofit devoted to the teaching and learning of American history. The Institute draws on top scholars, an unparalleled collection of 60,000 original historical documents, and a national network of Affiliate Schools to create a broad range of innovative resources, help new generations of students learn about American history in a way that is engaging and memorable, and promote critical thinking and excellent writing.


Curatorial Internship, The Gilder Lehrman Collection (three positions)

This internship will provide a strong foundation in multiple aspects of the museum and archives profession. Interns will be trained in object handling, museum education, and cataloging. Applicants should have a strong interest in American history and be considering a career in museum studies or archives.

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 discrete archive letters
  • Read letters and provide a summary description
  • Review original documents and compare records to database records

Education Programs

  • Create finding aid for educational resources created by students in the Hamilton Education Program
  • Assist with our summer camp program on using primary sources for fifth and sixth graders

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 Internship

This internship will provide a strong understanding of nonprofit development, fundraising, and database management. 

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Research and Writing

  • Identify and research potential funding sources, including foundations, corporations, and individuals
  • Create prospect profiles, including biographical and financial information
  • Assist in putting together donor solicitation materials, including informational packets and electronic presentations

Database and Mailings

  • Use the CiviCRM database to update and organize existing donor and prospect files, and help to generate reports that can be used by the department
  • Confirm and update foundation contact information
    • Use Foundation Center Online to update foundation information
  • Organize and standardize existing donor and prospect files
  • Provide support in sending mailings and invitations to donors and prospects

Filing and Organizational Support

  • Scan and organize development paperwork
  • Create physical and digital filing system for external ephemera (annual reports, invitations, press)

Events

  • Assist with the organization and production of fundraising events

Required skills include

  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • 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: Susan Zuckerman, Director of Development; Zach Lewis, Development Manager; and Rachel Hechtman, Events and Development Associate

Education Internship

This internship will provide a foundation in many facets of education programming administration and content development, and will receive guidance from both the Education Department’s program coordinators and its Senior Education Fellows.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars

  • Assist seminar staff in planning of 2017 Teacher Seminars
  • Update seminar webpages for participants enrolled in seminars
  • Serve as the onsite coordinator for a one-week Teacher Seminar based in New York City

Teaching Literacy through History (TLTH)

  • Assist Senior Education Fellows in reviewing and updating lessons and online resources
  • Collate packets for TLTH programs and assisting with program logistics
  • Input evaluations from TLTH programs

Hamilton Education Program

  • Assist Hamilton Education Program staff in reviewing student work and choosing exemplars for presentation
  • Research Title I schools in selected 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/li>
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Interest in non-profit museum/education programming and teaching K-12 American History
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

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

Exhibitions and Public Programs Internship

This internship will provide an foundation for production of digital projects and multimedia in a nonprofit setting, along with project management. Interns will either learn or further develop a professional understanding of videography and use of Adobe Creative Suite software to create both marketing and educational content.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

  • In collaboration with other interns, plan and produce a video marketing the Gilder Lehrman internship program under supervision of the Institute’s multimedia producer
  • Provide support for relevant digital projects
  • Provide administrative support for the grant funded World War I and America program and multimedia producer

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 and experience with photography, videography, and Adobe Creative Suite software (Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects) preferred but not required

Supervisor: Peter Shea, Videographer, and Mary Kate Kwasnik, Digital Humanities Producer and Traveling Exhibitions Coordinator

Marketing and Communications Internship

This internship will provide a strong foundation in multiple aspects of nonprofit marketing and communications, including social media, advertising, market research, and publicity. 

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 Gilder Lehrman Institute’s programs and assist in the development of online advertising copy
  • Perform market research and analysis for the Institute’s programs
  • Coordinate logistics for conferences that Gilder Lehrman staff attends (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; familiarity with InDesign and Photoshop not required, but a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Adept at learning new technologies

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

Scholarly Advisory Board and Scholarly Fellowship Program Internship/Research Assistantship

This internship will provide an introduction to development and cultivation of scholar partnerships in a nonprofit setting, along with academic administration and database management.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Research, Gilder Lehrman Scholarly Advisory Board

  • Compile 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

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

Filing and Organizational Support

  • Scan and organize paperwork relating to the Scholarly Advisory Board and Scholarly Fellowship Program
  • Maintain physical and 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