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. However, certain grant-funded projects* may include intern stipends. 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. 


Academic Credit

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.


Application Periods

Summer 2017 (May-August)            January 23-March 8, 2017
Fall 2017 (September-December)     May 22-July 1, 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:


Communications and Public Affairs

Students who intern with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum's Communications and Public Affairs Division will be involved in an exciting and productive earned and paid media operation.  The division currently issues more than 250 news releases per year and conducts hundreds of print and broadcast interviews, for a total of up to ten million media impressions per month.  Interns will receive training in research, writing and distributing news releases; preparing key staff for media interviews; developing news media strategy; planning publicity and marketing strategies for key events, acquisitions and exhibits; the development of social media campaigns; graphic design and the development of paid marketing and advertising campaigns. 

2017 Internship Details: CommunicationsSummer2017.pdf 


Collections Management/Registrar

For students with a strong interest in collections management or being a registrar, this internship offers numerous opportunities to actively participate in tasks related to a collection or the artifacts in an exhibit.  Both the registrar and a collection curator will oversee this internship.  Interns will need to have a basic understanding of the process of collection management.  Various opportunities in accessioning new acquisitions, researching artifacts in the collection, inventory, data entry of artifact records, preparing artifacts for storage, loan or shipment, learning how reports assist in the day-to-day operations, preparing loan agreements, installation of artifacts in exhibits or permanent displays, and problem-solving are possible in this internship.  The student should have excellent communication skills, be able listen and follow instructions, engage in problem solving and articulation of ideas, understand the basics of collection needs, and exhibit professionalism at all times. Preference will be given to those who have successfully completed coursework or practicums related to collections management. 

2017 Internship Details: RegistrarSummer2017.pdf



Interns in or preparing to enter the field of Education gain hands-on experience in creating, planning and implementing museum education programs utilizing the exhibits and collections of the presidential library and museum. They participate in on-going school outreach and community collaborations. Students actively take a role in the development of educational resources, lesson plans, workshops, institutes and other special events.

2017 Internship Details: EducationSummer2017.pdf


Event Management

Working alongside the Facility Rental Manager to market, rent, plan and produce a variety of meetings and events for rental clients, interns will assist the planning of everything from staff retreats and convention receptions to awards dinners and wedding receptions. Responsibilities will include communicating with prospective clients by phone, email, fax and in person about rental offerings and event options; assisting in the planning and production of events using our software programs including EMS and Meeting Matrix; providing tours of the Library & Museum venues; preparing for "Luncheon at the Library" and "To a Tea" events; helping to coordinate marketing efforts including website and email blasts; updating marketing databases and other special projects as they may occur.

This internship is ideal for an out-going, detail-oriented individual studying in the subject areas of hospitality who enjoys meeting people and would benefit from practical experience in event management.

2017 Internship Details: FacilitiesRentalSummer2017.pdf


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.

2017 Internship Details: ManuscriptsRemoteInternshipDescription.pdf


Oral History

Interns in Oral History will assist the Director of Oral History in a wide variety of tasks, including the processing of oral history interviews for archiving, and for eventual posting onto the program’s web site. The position will involve assisting in all aspects of oral history processing, including maintaining the oral history database, working with photographs and documents, some editing of audio files, and preparing materials and correspondence for eventual archiving. The position will introduce interns to a wide variety of tasks and skills that will enhance their learning experience. Interns also occasionally conduct background research in support of various oral history projects. Those who enjoy history and politics have thoroughly enjoyed working with these materials. 

Preference will be given to Information Technology majors or library science majors, especially those with an interest in history or political science. A thorough foundation in basic computer skills and good attention to detail are necessary prerequisites. Preference will also be given to students who have successfully completed a course in oral history, historical or archival sources and methods, or those who are otherwise generally familiar with basic historical reference works and finding aids available in most college or research libraries. In addition, the following skills are important: good writing skills, experience with word processing, familiarity with database or digital image programs, plus editing of audio or video files.

Note: There are three separate internship opportunities available in Oral History. Applicants are asked to specify which internship they are interested in when applying.

Internship Details:

2017 General Oral History Intern: OralHistorySummer2017.pdf

2017 Oral History Lesson Plan Writing Intern: Oral HistorySummer2017LessonPlan.pdf

2017 Oral History Video Editing Intern: Oral History Summer 2017 Video Editing.pdf


Application Procedure

Please submit:

  • Completed and signed InternAppForm2017.pdf (also signed by advisor)
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation, to include:
    • 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 experiencexpectations 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 this 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 to:
Genevieve Kaplan
Director of Education
212 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701