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.
Summer 2017 (May-August) January 23-March 8, 2017
Fall 2017 (September-December) June 2-July 15, 2017
Spring 2018 (January-May) September 20-November 1, 2017
Please Note: 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.
Museum Internship Openings
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:
All Summer 2017 Internship openings are now closed. Fall 2017 Internship announcements will appear here on June 2, 2017.
Manuscripts: Special Project
Working under the supervision of Manuscripts Department staff, the intern may participate in a variety of duties including: creating/updating finding aids or bibliographic materials; translating documents; transcribing selected documents for exhibits/articles and performing relevant research; processing collections; and assisting with special projects assigned to the department.
The Manuscripts Special Project is limited to graduate students and recent graduates of an ALA-accredited library science program. This internship is conducted remotely. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
2017 Internship Details: ManuscriptsRemoteInternshipDescription.pdf
Please submit the following materials in your application package:
- Completed and signed InternAppForm2017.pdf (also signed by advisor)
- 2 Letters of Recommendation:
- College transcript (a photocopy is acceptable)
- Letter of interest stating reasons for wanting to be an intern at the ALPLM, including:
- Personal goals
- Expectations of intern experience
- How the internship relates to career plans
- What he/she believes they can contribute to the Museum and/or Library
- Special interests and abilities
- Specific information including: dates available to work; number of hours per week; number and days available to work
- If doing internship for university credit, supply school requirements and advisor's name and contact information
- Any additional materials requested in the specific internship description
Mail or email your complete application package to:
Director of Education
212 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701Genevieve.Kaplan@illinois.gov