Transcribe an oral history; write a lesson plan; develop marketing strategies; work hands-on in our artifact and archive collection areas; teach a child the art of the "hoop and stick". The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) is committed to providing learning opportunities and career-enhancing experiences to college and graduate students. Whether greeting the public on the front lines or working behind the scenes, interns take an active role in executing the mission of the presidential museum and library. Working with professional staff as part of a skilled team, interns participate in significant projects as well as day-to-day operations as they become familiar with the museum and library fields. References and contacts gained through work as an intern can be helpful in securing future employment and admission to further programs of study. Students and recent graduates in history, museum studies, library science or education are highly encouraged to apply.
The ALPLM internship program is open to qualified college students, recent graduates or graduate students. Interns from all majors and interests are encouraged to apply. Interviews will be conducted for all positions.
ALPLM internships are unpaid. Parking is provided for all interns working at least three days per week. Interns will also receive free admission to any ALPLM/HPA theater performance, book signing or other event held during the intern's stay for which there's an admission charge.
The ALPLM will work with students to provide educational opportunities that meet college requirements. We encourage interns to seek academic credit for their internship and will assist in any way to help the intern receive it. Check with your advisor or department chair to inquire about your school's requirements.
Internships usually take place throughout the typical academic spring, summer or fall semester. Students are required to work at least three days per week unless special arrangements are made with the supervisor and intern program coordinator.
Applications will be accepted on an on-going basis for any unfilled intern positions. Some internships fall outside the scope of the typical academic calendar and are considered Special Projects. These are not subject to the deadlines listed above and may be for a shorter or longer duration than one academic semester.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) intern program is administered through the ALPLM Department of Education. Intern positions are available within a variety of departments in both the Library and Museum as listed below:
Cataloging interns will assist in an item-level inventory of the published materials at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Interns will gain experience in updating catalog records in library software and working towards making items in the collection more accessible.
The Legal Department Intern will assist with drafting and filing of Illinois Joint Commission on Administrative Rules; research various points of law; assist in drafting policies and procedures for the agency; assist in drafting agreements with other agencies and cultural heritage institutions among other legal tasks.
Interns in Oral History will perform a wide variety of administrative and IT related tasks in the processing of oral history interviews, to include managing an Access database used for tracking interviews, editing audio interviews, developing interview word lists, posting interviews on the department's database, and many other tasks. The intern will also conduct research on specific oral history subjects, develop study aids for interviewers on specific projects. Interns will become familiar with the entire oral history process, from interviewing to posting to archiving. Additionally, the intern will be asked to develop teacher lesson plans using interviews from the ALPLM Oral History collection. Intern will be asked to develop a teacher resource highlighting many of the women interviewed over the years.