2020 Summer Internships
Four 12-week interpretation and visitor services internships are available for the 2020 summer season, running from May 26 through August 15, 2020. One 12-week curatorial internship is also available; the dates are negotiable and may differ from the interpretation internship.
Interpretation interns give house tours of the Eisenhower home, staff the information desk in the site’s reception center, and present other interpretive programming they have researched and prepared. Interns also have the opportunity to work on special projects involving social media and 21st century public history interpretation. Eisenhower National Historic Site’s interpretive operation focuses on audience-centered interpretation and we are always looking for how we can best use our historic resources and stories to be part of conversations that are happening today about our society and world.
The curatorial intern assists the museum curator in the operation of the site’s museum management program. Job duties may include cataloging and proper storage of museum objects and archival documents, data entry, transcriptions, photography, conducting inventories, museum housekeeping, integrated pest management, and social media. There will also be an opportunity to create a small temporary exhibit. Eisenhower National Historic Site’s museum collection encompasses over 49,000 objects with the majority relating to the life and work of Dwight David Eisenhower.
Summer Interns work a 40-hour week (interpretation interns should expect to work weekends) with formal and informal on-the-job training provided. The internships are not paid, but dormitory-style housing and a living stipend of ($1750) are provided.
Students who have completed at least one year of college and are working toward degrees in history, political science, museum studies, park management, education, graphic design or related fields are welcome to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To be considered for a summer position, it is best to have your resume and cover letter submitted by the first week of December. Summer internship positions are often committed by late January.
Questions and applications should be sent to Jacob Dinkelaker (firstname.lastname@example.org). To apply, email your resume with two professional references and a cover letter explaining your interest. Please put “2020 Summer Internship” in the subject field of your email and clearly state your preferred position, curatorial or interpretation.