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MCEAS Consortium Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunities
Call for Applications for the C. Dallett Hemphill Undergraduate Internships

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies is sponsoring two month-long undergraduate summer internships, the C. Dallett Hemphill Undergraduate Internships, each with a stipend of $2,000.

These internships are open to undergraduate students at MCEAS Consortium institutions and are designed to introduce students to professional work in public history settings. Interns are expected to work full-time (35 hours per week) on site for at least 4 weeks. Beginning and end dates will be arranged between the hosting institution and the intern, but internships should be completed by Sept. 1. The stipend is intended to cover housing in the Philadelphia area, travel to and from Philadelphia, and daily living expenses – all arrangements and costs for which are the responsibility of the intern.  One half of the stipend will be paid upon arrival in Philadelphia, and the other half will be remitted at the completion of the internship.

Please submit applications by May 21.

Partner Institutions and Position Descriptions

1. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, founded in 1824, is one of the oldest historical societies in the United States. Home to some 600,000 printed items and more than 21 million manuscript and graphic items, its unparalleled collections encompass more than 350 years of America’s history from the seventeenth century to the contributions of recent immigrants.

The intern would be immersed in the HSP’s Programs and Services department, which produces publications and public events for a variety of audiences, including scholars, educators, genealogists, and general history enthusiasts. Potential projects include producing a document display on late 1960s protest; conducting collections research for programs and publications on public health in Pennsylvania history; writing short articles, blog posts, and/or book reviews related to programmatic themes; and assisting the day-to-day workings of the publications office.

2. Stenton, one of the earliest and best-preserved historic houses in Philadelphia, was completed in 1730 by James Logan, William Penn’s secretary and agent in the Colony. It was the country house of succeeding generations of the Logan family until the late-nineteenth century. A National Historic Landmark, Stenton is owned by the City of Philadelphia and has been managed by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1899.

The internship will primarily consist of a project cataloging all available archives and resources pertaining to Stenton and the Logan family. This will require research to create a comprehensive list of potential collections, both document and object-based, for future more in-depth research. The intern will also assist as needed with a range of programmatic and administrative duties, and work closely with the Director of Education.  S/he will assist with group tours for both adults and students, support administrative tasks, including answering phones, coordinating mailings, handling some correspondence, entering data into the Past Perfect database, and assisting with other educational and curatorial (including horticultural) projects as needed.


This program is intended for rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors who attend MCEAS Consortium institutions. If your institution is not yet a Consortium member, please contact Amy Baxter-Bellamy (email address below) for more information. Students should have a demonstrated interest in history, historic preservation, museum studies, or archival work.

Please address applications and inquiries to:
Amy Baxter-Bellamy
Associate Director, MCEAS

Applicants should submit the following in a single pdf document. Letters of recommendation may arrive under separate cover.
1. Cover Sheet. (Click on link to fill out cover sheet)
2. Application letter. The applicant should explain his/her interest in these internships, relevant experience and coursework, commitment to pursuing interests in public history, and what s/he hopes to gain from this summer internship.
3. C.V.
4. Transcript (unofficial)
5. Letter of recommendation from professional reference (professor or public history professional).