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Summer Internships at The Lewes Historical Society

The Lewes Historical Society is seeking applicants for an internship position assisting in public history in Lewes, Delaware. The internship is open to all undergraduates with preference given to majors in history, art history, archaeology, or library science; exposure/experience with GIS, web site/blog development and databases is preferred but not required.


The internship at The Lewes Historical Society is designed to expose the student to all aspects of public history in small to medium sized institutions along with specialized projects: collections care, inventorying and cataloging; events management; tour and program development; communications and PR; tours; research; etc. These projects will be manageable in scope, will be both short-term and long-term in nature, and will - as much as feasible - be complementary in nature. This will offer students a chance to see what work in public history is like and hopefully to encourage students to follow a career in museums, libraries, archives or other public history fields.


At the end of the summer, the intern will present a brief paper detailing his or her experience and research. Internship dates are flexible and can be worked around your school’s academic calendar. The internship lasts ten (10) weeks and must be completed over the summer (May - August).


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.


There is a small stipend for the summer and the Society will ensure living arrangements for the intern in Lewes if needed.


Call 302-645-7670 for more information, or email [email protected] for an application. Deadline March 16, 2012.