Cape Gazette

LHS summer internship program offers opportunity to explore history

Dec 25, 2013

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 for undergraduates is a 10- week program 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 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.

Education and Visitor Services Internship for upper-level undergraduates or graduate students is offered over the course of 10 weeks. It 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 firsthand 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 programing for events such as the Family Boat Building Weekend and the History Happy Hour lecture series. Interns will also have the chance to present onboard programs on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.

Nonprofit Marketing and Events Intensive Internship for undergraduates is a six-week program that allows interns to have an intensive, hands-on marketing and events experience in a small, nonprofit 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 setup, vendor relations, advertising and the distribution of promotional collateral.

This internship also includes working in 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.

Collections and Research Internship for upper-level undergraduate or graduate students is a 10-week program that will be split into two unique sections.

The first portion allows interns to explore the collections at The Lewes Historical Society and work to catalog objects, working with the society’s collections software. Interns may also 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. Note: Interns must have access to a vehicle for this internship.

At the end of all internship experiences, each intern will have the opportunity to present a paper documenting his or her experience to members of the staff, board members, and volunteers.

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 with regard to age, sex, race, creed, national origin, disability, handicap, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

For more information contact Amanda Jean Lynn, director of education, at 302-645-7670 or email

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