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Internship Descriptions

LancasterHistory.org offers a variety of internships that provide experience in a vibrant, professional setting at the Campus of History. Internships are available in the spring, summer and fall and are awarded through a competitive application process, are unpaid and may be coordinated with the applicants' college or university to provide educational credit. Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience and access to the workings of the organization under the supervision of a professional who will provide field experiences while integrating theory with practice.

Internship opportunities are provided in the following areas:

  • Library Services
  • Archives Care and Management
  • Collections Management and Care
  • Historical Interpretation
  • Museum Education and Programming

The Application Process

Applicants must:

  • Have completed their sophomore year in college
  • Submit an application including a personal statement as to your interest in an internship, the names and contact information of two references including one academic reference, and an unofficial transcript
  • Go through an interview proccess

The hours and length of an internship may vary. Each intern will experience their field of work through the unique heritage and history of the people, places and events that shaped the Lancaster County region, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States of America.

If you have difficulties submitting your application online, please contact Emily Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 Available Internship Opportunities

Museum Education & Programming Internships

Currently accepting applications for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017.

Interns wishing to work in Museum Education and Programming will gain experience teaching children and adults of all ages and coordinating educational programs designed to make LancasterHistory.org’s collections and offerings accessible to a wide variety of learners. The Museum Education and Programming intern will assist with school tours and group tours of LancasterHistory.org, including hands-on student workshops and tours of Wheatland; assist in developing educational programming for our exhibitions and programs; assist with coordinating volunteer guides and enhancing our volunteer educator program; and will assist with various other duties as assigned.

Candidates should have an interest in museums and/or education as a career, an enthusiasm for teaching history, and proficiency in historical research and writing. Basic knowledge of Lancaster County history is strongly encouraged. This internship is supervised, however ideal candidates will be motivated and able to demonstrate their ability to work independently. Students will come away with at least one completed project to add to their portfolio. The hours are flexible, but ideal candidates will be available between the hours of 10am and 4pm and able to work at least five hours per week.

If you have additional questions, please contact Stephanie Townrow, Museum Associate, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Photograph Collection Internships

Currently accepting internship applications for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017.

Interns wishing to work with photographs will be responsible for various aspects of preserving and interpreting the collections. This includes researching new collections, scanning images, data entry, contributing to exhibits and writing for the PhotoBlog. Projects can be created to suit individual intern's needs. Interns should have strong research, writing, computer, organization and communication skills. Preference is given to applicants who are currently enrolled in or have recently completed a graduate level program related to public history and undergrad students who wish to pursue this in their future.

For more information contact Marianne Heckles, Research Assistant & Coordinator of Photograph Collections.

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Wheatland Internships

Currently accepting internship applications for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017.

Internships are available at President James Buchanan's Wheatland during the spring, summer and fall. Preference will be given to undergraduate juniors and seniors with majors in History, American Studies, and Education. Internships are available for up to 20 hours per week (negotiable).

The purpose of an internship at President James Buchanan's Wheatland is to introduce students to the workings of a presidential historic site. Experiences will be provided in a variety of areas that may include one or more of the following areas of historic site work: collections care, program development, museum education, or historic interpretation. In addition to the first-hand experience gained during an internship, students will be expected to develop a written project that reflects both their internship experience and personal interest.

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Library Internships

Please call for availability.

The purpose of an internship at LancasterHistory.org library is to introduce students to the workings of a special library. The collection consists of materials relating to the history and biography of Lancaster County, family history and Pennsylvania history in general. There are books, microfilm, family surname files, information files, periodicals and subscription databases. The library is a member of OCLC.

Experience will be provided in both public and technical services and a project will be developed according to the students' interest. Public service will include working at the reference desk, using the reference interview, assisting patrons with historical and genealogical research, using specialized and in-house databases, mail reference and research questions and using the resources in the archives. Technical service experience will be given in book purchase, donations, cataloging, checking in serials, shelving materials and stack maintenance.

Internships are available in the library in the spring, summer and fall. Preference will be given to students enrolled in a post-graduate Masters in Library Science program. Interns are required to work at least five hours per week.

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Curatorial Internships

Currently accepting internship applications for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017. Limited availability.

Curatorial Internships may encompass a broad spectrum of personal and professional interests. The Curatorial Department's primary focus is on the collection, preservation, interpretation, and exhibition of the three-dimensional collections of LancasterHistory.org.

The types of materials we collect are quite varied, as are the methods used to accomplish these goals. Projects may involve cataloging objects, object storage and conservation, research and writing, exhibition design and production, work in oral history, and web site design and production, and collections management tasks, including loan processing, object research, cataloging, and accessions. Often, projects involve multiple facets of curatorial work. Projects are selected based upon our current programming needs, an intern's particular interests, and any requirements set forth by an intern's educational institution.

All prospective interns must have strong research, writing, computer, organizational and communication skills. Preference will be given to applicants who are currently enrolled in or have recently completed a graduate-level program related to public history and undergraduate students who wish to pursue such a focus in their future.

Interns are expected to maintain a regular on-site schedule of 10 hours each week working on their projects. Each intern is also required to keep a bi-weekly blog which details their experiences at LancasterHistory.org and highlights the project on which they are currently working.

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Archives Internships

Currently accepting applications for Fall 2017. Limited availability.

In the archives, a wide variety of manuscript documents, Lancaster County records and Lancaster City records are available for research. These records date to the incorporation of the county in 1729 and continue to the present. Letters, diaries, estate papers, business records, trade cards, Civil War muster rolls, Valentines, and court records combine to tell the stories of families and communities.

Interns will assist staff in processing and preserving manuscript or archival collections, as well as making the materials available to researchers through electronic finding aids or databases, the online library catalog and our website. We will also provide opportunities to assess and survey collections as they are donated, and to learn more about collection development.

LancasterHistory.org follows Society of American Archivists standards in preservation and management, and Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and Library of Congress subject headings to catalog archival holdings. Archives Interns will be required to prepare a series of blog postings on our website which highlight the different aspects of their projects.

Internships are developed on an individual basis and projects will be selected according to collection and research priorities, the intern's interests and academic requirements. All prospective interns must have strong research, writing, computer, organizational and communication skills. Preference will be given to applicants who are currently enrolled in or have recently completed a graduate-level program in archival management or a closely related field (an MLS, MLIS, or MA in public history), and undergraduate students who wish to pursue one of the above degrees.

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Our Blogs

The History Bucket

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Because the world is a bucketful of questions.  And someone's gotta answer them

While working with the object collections of LancasterHistory.org we come across many questions.  Visit here to see some of the more unusual stories that we have uncovered.

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Historically Speaking

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The staff and volunteers of the Archives Department at LancasterHistory.org never know what they'll find when working on the documents and records in the collections.  Fortunately, when they do discover something noteworthy they are very willing to share!

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Marianne's PhotoBlog

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Because pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they need an interpreter.

You know that cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words? Ok, well, imagine the stories going on in my head after cataloging several hundred photos every single day!

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Wheatland: A Love Story

Who would have guessed that a young lady would fall in love with an old President and his old house?

One Young Lady, One Old House, Two Hundred Years of History

I’m Jennifer Walton, Museum Associate at President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and I love an old President and his old house! Over the past nine years, I’ve learned quite a lot about both, and I would love to share it with you!

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