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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.

Funding for internships at the Gilder Lehrman Collection is provided thanks to a generous grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.


To Apply

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


  • 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.

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

Spring 2019 Internships

Collections Metadata Intern

Summary of Position:
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is seeking a highly organized and motivated individual for a 14-week internship. They will assist the Collection in a data cleanup project and conduct research for subject headings in existing catalog records. Internship is paid. This position is funded through the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.


  • Assist in a data clean up project of discrepancies in our authority files
  • Conduct research related to People, Subjects, and Terms fields to optimize search 
  • Review descriptive metadata on existing records
  • Collaborate with marketing team to create two blog posts related to their internship
  • Update records with new or corrected information


  • Applicants should be working towards a Master's degree in library, archival or information studies; degree or background in American History preferred
  • Adept at research
  • Familiarity with Past Perfect or other collection management software

Essential Skills & Abilities:

  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out responsibilities both independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively

Supervisors: Sandra Trenholm, Curator and Director of Collections and Christine Calvo, Project Archivist

Hours: 10 hours per week

Position is offered at $15 per hour with a travel stipend.

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. 


  • 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 include:

  • Highly organized with impeccable attention to detail.
  • Must be tech-savvy with the ability to quickly learn new software.
  • Basic understanding of Excel is required.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with database systems is preferred. 

Hours: Negotiable (12-18 hours per week)

Supervisor: Rachel Hechtman, Events and Development Associate 

Education Intern (open to high school students)

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):
Teaching Literacy Through History (TLTH)

  • Researching scholars in various historical fields in planning for future professional development programs
  • Inputting evaluations from TLTH programs and assisting in analysis of evaluation data
  • Assisting master teacher fellow onsite at New York area TLTH workshops as schedule allows 

National History Teacher of the Year

  • Collation of nominations and application dossiers for the 2019 award, and assistance in review

Affiliate School Program

  • Researching schools in specific markets, compiling lists, and creating plans for outreach campaigns

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 non-profit museum/education programming and teaching K-12 American History
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Word, and Powerpoint 

Hours: 4-5 hours per week
Supervisors:    Daniel Pecoraro, Education Programs Assistant, and Andrea Zakai, Assistant Director of Ed. Programs