NEH Summer Internship Program

LancasterHistory offers an enriching and robust Summer Internship Program for students interested in careers in museums, public history, and related fields. Enthusiasm for local history is a must!

During this nine-week program, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, interns will complete an individual project with a senior member of the LancasterHistory staff.

In the summer of 2024, there will be opportunities in the following areas: Curatorial; Archives; and Historic Site Management (President James Buchanan’s Wheatland).

The internship will take place from June 3 through August 1. Interns will attend their internship four days per week, Monday through Thursday, from 10am to 4:30pm. Interns can work with their supervisors to find an alternative schedule if needed.  LancasterHistory charges no tuition or program fees, and we offer each student a $3,000 stipend distributed at intervals during the internship.

Application

The 2024 cohort has been selected. Thank you for your interest!

FAQ for the Summer Internship Program

When does the program take place?

The Summer Internship Program is a little over eight weeks long, beginning June 3 and ending August 1, 2024. Interns are expected to report to their internship four days a week, from Tuesday through Thursday between 10am and 4:30pm, for the duration. Interns should be able to report in person to LancasterHistory, unless unforeseen circumstances occur.

Who is eligible to apply for the program?

LancasterHistory welcomes applications from undergraduate college students. Eligible are recent graduates (Class of 2024) and rising undergraduate seniors (Class of 2025), juniors (Class of 2026), and sophomores (Class of 2027) at the time of application. High school or graduate school applicants are not eligible for this program.

We strive to include a diverse range of backgrounds, university affiliations, and interests in this program, with the common thread that students have an interest in exploring careers in public history, history, archives, library science, material culture, non-profit administration, or related fields.

Is this summer internship a paid internship?

Yes! The LancasterHistory Summer Internship Program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and is offered without cost to those who are accepted into the program. All accepted interns will be given a $3,000.00 stipend, distributed at intervals throughout the program. Housing is not provided, but staff can advise on local options. Interns should have reliable transportation to and from LancasterHistory each day.

What is expected of each intern? (Job Descriptions)

All interns will work with the director of a department at LancasterHistory to complete an individual project during the internship. For 2024, there will be internship opportunities in the following departments: Curatorial; Archives; and Historic Site Management (at James Buchanan’s Wheatland). Please note that projects may involve collaboration with other LancasterHistory staff, interns, and departments.

Expectations of each intern depend on their department. Please review the following before applying for the program.

Job Description for Curatorial

Job Description for Archives

Job Description for Historic Site Management

How do I apply for the program?

To apply: 

  • Complete the online application form;
  • Submit a formal cover letter briefly (250-500 words) detailing your academic and/or work experience, your personal interest in history and museums, and why you are interested in joining the LancasterHistory Summer Internship program or what you hope to get out of the experience;
  • Submit your current resume; and
  • Submit one letter of recommendation to the primary department you selected:

Applications close March 15 at 11:59pm Eastern. We will conduct interviews on a rolling basis so we can make decisions as quickly as possible. We will announce final decisions on or before April 15.

Additional Questions

Additional questions about the program can be directed to Dr. Mabel Rosenheck, Director of Education & Exhibition Planning, at mabel.rosenheck@lancasterhistory.org.

Past Internship Projects

To view past projects completed by LancasterHistory Summer Interns, please click the button below.

Past Internship Projects

Support

Support for the LancasterHistory NEH Summer Internship program provided by a National Endowment for the Humanities We the People Challenge Grant.

National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.