2014 Public History Internships

The Lewes Historical Society is seeking applicants for its 2014 summer internship program.  For the first time, the Society is offering thematic internships that will allow a more customized experience for participants.

Introduction to Public History Internship- Undergraduate

This 10- week program is designed to expose interns to all aspects of public history in a small to mid-sized institution.  Interns will have the opportunity to explore the variety of positions within the Society, and work with different departments to gain a better understanding of all of the elements that work together to make up the Historical Society.  Interns will work in education, collections care and management, development, marketing, and administrative capacities, spending approximately two weeks within each discipline, working on meaningful small-scale projects and assisting staff members as necessary. At the end of the internship experience, interns will have the opportunity to present a paper documenting his or her experience to members of the staff, board members, and volunteers.

Education and Visitor Services Internship-Upper- Level Undergraduate or Graduate Student

Offered over the course of 10 weeks, this internship allows students studying history, education, or a related field the opportunity to explore the field of informal education in a history-museum setting.  This program is designed for interns to gain first-hand experience in informal program development, tour design, volunteer training, and educator professional development.  Interns will also assist in the writing and standardization of K-12 curriculum based programming to meet the needs of local and regional educators while meeting Common Core, Next Generation Science and Delaware State History Standards.  Interns will be expected to become familiar with specific educational pedagogy and theories and will utilize this information to assist in the training and evaluating of tour docent and visitor services representatives. Interns will also have the opportunity to assist in event program for events such as the Family Boat Building Weekend and the History Happy Hour lecture series. Interns will also have the chance to preset on-board programs on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. At the end of the internship experience, interns will have the opportunity to present a paper documenting his or her experience to members of the staff, board members, and volunteers.

Non- Profit Marketing and Events Intensive Internship- Undergraduate

This six-week program allows interns to have an intensive, hands-on marketing and events experience in a small, non-profit setting. Interns will work closely with the Marketing Coordinator on two of The Society’s biggest events, the Sea Glass & Coastal Arts festival and the Summer Craft Fair, providing assistance with event set up, vendor relations, advertising and the distribution of promotional collateral.  This internship also includes working within the Society’s Drupal-based website to update and promote Society events and programs, and in the creation of a series of site calendar pages to help with daily operation of the Society. At the end of the internship experience, interns will have the opportunity to present a paper documenting his or her experience to members of the staff, board members, and volunteers.

Collections and Research Internship- Upper- Level Undergraduate or Graduate Student

This 10 week program will be split into two unique sections. The first portion of this program allows interns to explore the collections at The Lewes Historical Society and work to catalogue objects, working within the Society’s collections software.  Additionally, interns may assist the Executive Director in special projects relating to the care, maintenance, or display of objects.  The second portion of this internship requires interns to perform extensive research and fieldwork to document some of Sussex County’s historic cemeteries, working to enhance the Coastal Delaware Cemetery Survey. At the end of the internship experience, interns will have the opportunity to present a paper documenting his or her experience to members of the staff, board members, and volunteers.  Note:  Interns must have access to a vehicle for this internship.   

With a history dating back to 1631, the Lewes area is rich in history. Lewes is located in Sussex County in southern Delaware where Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Lewes has been recognized as a Preserve America community and as one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The American Association for State & Local History awarded The Lewes Historical Society its Award of Merit twice for its role in promoting local history.

Stipends may be available and the Society will assist with living arrangements for the intern in Lewes if needed.

The Lewes Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in regard to age, sex, race, creed, national origin, disability, handicap, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

Applications are accepted by mail only. Include the following required documents with your application; do not mail separately:

  • Two letters of reference (one must be from your current academic advisor)
  • Most recent official transcript (unsealed transcripts will not be accepted)
  • Current résumé
  • Brief description (2 pages max.) why this internship opportunity interests you
  • Portfolio piece ( optional)

Please click here to download the application.

Please mail all materials to:
The Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter Street
Lewes, Delaware 19958

For more information, please contact Amanda Jean Lynn, Director of Education at 302-645-7670 or by email at Amanda@HistoricLewes.org.