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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. 


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)     June 20-July 25, 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 Intern

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.
Intern duties will include drafting news releases, researching new ways to contact media, and generating innovative social media content.
2017 Internship Details: Communications Intern Fall 2017.pdf

Conservation Intern

Under the direction of the ALPLM conservation staff, an intern would assist with a variety of conservation treatments on historical book and paper materials. The intern will gain experience in collecting and interpreting environmental data, preparing and mounting items for exhibit, and responding to preservation information inquiries, as well as preparing for and participating in preservation workshops and events. The scope of specific projects will be based on the intern's skill level, interests, academic requirements, and the needs of the ALPL Conservation Department. Students and recent graduates from conservation training and bookbinding programs are encouraged to apply. Related subject areas include library science (with interest/specialization in preservation), museum studies (with emphasis on collection care), and fine arts (with interest in book and paper arts).

2017 Internship Details: Conservation Fall 2017.pdf


Library Services - Published Materials Intern

Interns in the Library Services Division will gain an understanding of a research library where the focus of the collections is on Illinois history, biography, genealogy, and geography. The Division includes the Printed and Published Collection (books/pamphlets/maps), Newspapers on Microfilm, Audio-Visual, and the Manuscripts Collections. Interns may provide direct public service to library patrons and assist in the use of the online card catalog and other collection finding aids, assisting and instructing users in accessing the various online databases that are available in the Steve Neal reading Room, retrieving books and materials from the closed stack area, conducting shelf maintenance tasks, etc. Opportunities area also available in the Microfilming Lab and Conservation Lab where interns may process and prepare newspapers for microfilming, learn and perform simple conservation techniques including cleaning, mending, encapsulating, and creating enclosures for library materials. The internship will include conducting an inventory of the Published Materials.

2017 Internship Details: Library Services Fall 2017.pdf


Registrar/Collections Assistant Intern

The Collections Assistant Intern, working under the Registrar, will assist with inventory of the object collections, accessioning, and data entry of the object collections into Mimsy. This position would assist with installations, case rotations, photography of collections, and possible loan preparation.
2017 Internship Details: Registrar Fall 2017.pdf


Manuscripts: Special Project Intern

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


Application Procedure

Please submit the following materials in your application package:

  • Completed and signed InternAppForm2017.pdf (also signed by advisor)
  • Resume
  • 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:
Genevieve Kaplan
Director of Education
212 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701