2017–2018 Academic Year Internships

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is currently offering one internship for college students for the 2017–18 Academic Year.

TO APPLY

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

QUALIFICATIONS

  • College student
  • 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.

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 The Institute draws on top scholars, an unparalleled collection of 65,000 original historical documents, and a national network of Affiliate Schools to create a broad range of innovative resources, help new generations of students learn about American history in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.


Hamilton Education Program Internship

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is proud to partner with Hamilton and The Rockefeller Foundation on the Hamilton Education Program. Title I high schools are being invited to see the musical and to integrate Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Era into classroom studies. The Hamilton Education Program is part of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s broader mission to improve the teaching and learning of American history. Made possible through a grant by The Rockefeller Foundation to the Gilder Lehrman Institute, high school students in Title I schools in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and selected cities will each pay just a “Hamilton” ($10) to see the performance.

The Hamilton Education Program Intern will assist in the planning and day-of-show activity for the program.

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

  • Assisting Hamilton Education Program staff in reviewing student work and choosing exemplars for potential use in presentations and donor-oriented reports
  • Researching Title I schools in selected tour cities and (with the oversight and advisement of the Program Manager) helping with outreach campaign
  • Organizing and filing digital files and paperwork submitted by schools
  • Double-checking and inputting school data
  • Supporting the Hamilton Education Program’s student matinees by collating school check-in materials and organizing ticket allocations
  • Assisting in the check-in process at Hamilton Education Program student matinees, answering teacher and student questions, and helping direct the students and teachers into their seats and out to lunch. This is a full-day commitment on Wednesdays of the internship.

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: Two days per week (negotiable), 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Supervisors: Daniel Pecoraro, Education Programs Assistant, and Amy DiChristina, Hamilton Education Program Manager

Development Internship

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Research and Writing

  • Identifying and researching potential funding sources, including foundations, corporations, and individuals
  • Creating prospect profiles, including biographical and financial information
  • Assisting in putting together donor solicitation materials, including informational packets and electronic presentations

Database and Mailings

  • Using the CiviCRM database to update and organize existing donor and prospect files, and helping to generate reports that can be used by the department
  • Confirming and updating foundation contact information
    • Use Foundation Center Online to update foundation information
  • Organizing and standardizing existing donor and prospect files
  • Providing support in sending mailings and invitations to donors and prospects

Filing and Organization

  • Scanning and organizing development paperwork
  • Creating physical and digital filing system for external ephemera (annual reports, invitations, press)

Events

  • Assisting with the organization and production of fundraising events

Required skills include

  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Quick thinker with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with database systems and/or Excel a plus

Hours: Negotiable

Supervisors: Rachel Hechtman, Events and Development Associate, and David Goldsmith, Development Manager

Education Internship

Roles and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

Teaching Literacy through History (TLTH)

  • Assist Senior Education Fellows in reviewing and updating lessons and online resources
  • Directing, start-to-finish, one TLTH PD program in New York City
  • Collating packets for TLTH programs and assisting with program logistics
  • Inputting evaluations from TLTH programs

National History Teacher of the Year Award

  • Assisting in planning and execution of the 2017 National History Teacher of the Year award ceremony
  • Collating nominations and dossiers for the 2018 award

Affiliate School Program

  • Assisting in developing reports on Affiliate offers and resources
  • Researching Affiliate 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: Negotiable

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