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2017 Public History Internships

The Lewes Historical Society is seeking applicants for its 2017 summer internship program. Internships must be completed over the summer (May - August). Start and end days are negotiable based on your academic calendar.

Located in Sussex County in southern Delaware where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean the Lewes area is rich in history dating back to 1631. Lewes has been recognized as a Preserve America Community and is one of America’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” identified 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.

The completion of an LHS internship will help ensure a student’s decision to pursue a career path in the public history field. Candidates with a major in history, archaeology, museum studies, or library science are especially encouraged to apply. Experience with GIS, web site/blog development and databases are appreciated but not required.

Typically, a single stipend internship is awarded per Summer 10 week session, though each internship is also available for class credit for students currently enrolled in a BA level college or university History/Social Science related program.

General Public History Internship- STIPEND- $1,500

The General Public History Internship is designed to expose students to all aspects of public history in a small sized museum institution setting. This 10- week program is designed give an intern the opportunity to explore a variety of duties. Interns will work with different departments and staff personnel to gain a better understanding of all of the elements that work together to make up the Historical Society. During the first portion of this program Interns will work with the Director of Education to become familiar with specific educational theories and practices participating in educational programming and tours.

During the second portion of the program interns will explore the Society’s collections assisting the Executive Director in special projects relating to the care, maintenance, or display of objects.  At the end of the internship experience, the intern is expected to present a paper or presentation documenting their experience.

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Collections and Research Internship- STIPEND- $1,500

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 on a topic of the Executive Director’s suggestion or current need.


At the end of the internship experience, the intern is expected to present a paper or presentation documenting their experience to the Executive Director with the possibility of presenting a second time to other staff members, board members and volunteers. Note:  Interns should have access to a vehicle in order to apply for this internship, though it is not a requirement for consideration.

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Education & Visitor Services Internship- STIPEND- $1,500

This 10-week program allows students 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/execution, tour design, and volunteer training. Interns will be expected to become familiar with specific educational theories and practices. Interns will absorb this material by participating in the training of tour guides and visitor services representatives.

Interns will also assist in educational programming such as the History Happy Hour lecture series. Interns will also have the chance to preset during outreach programs to the public. At the end of the internship experience, interns will present a paper documenting his/her experience to the Director of Education.

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How to Apply

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

  • Two professional letters of reference (one must be from an academic advisor or professor)
  • Most recent sealed official transcript required (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for non-stipend internships)
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Brief description (one page max.) Why this internship opportunity interests you and what you hope to gain from the experience.


Print or Download the 2017 Internship Application

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

For any other questions or more information, please contact Marcos Salaverria, Director of Education at 302-645-7670  or [email protected]


Equal Opportunity Employer

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.