The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (ALPL), located in Springfield, Illinois, welcomes applications for one IC Explorer Internship in the Library. The Presidential Library is a research library with outstanding collections about Abraham Lincoln, The Civil War, Illinois and American history, genealogy, and much more. The Library’s collections are housed in a 90,000 square-foot, four-floor building just south of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
The intern in the Library works in one or more departments having special historical collections of books, maps, microfilm, photographs, manuscripts, or other research materials. Because the Library is open to the public, the intern may work with the public who visit, write, or phone the Library with research questions. The Intern may create bibliographies or enter information in an online database. They may work “behind the scenes” to help process a collection by describing, labeling, and arranging materials to organize and provide access to users. It may possible to work in the Conservation Lab to clean, repair, and preserve fragile materials.
An internship in the Presidential Library is a different experience than an internship in the Presidential Museum, but it is equally rewarding. In all cases, an intern in the Library learns: how a research library functions; how to handle rare and fragile materials; the depth and breadth of the Library’s historical holdings; and most of all, how the priceless Library collections complement the state-of-the-art exhibits and visitors’ experience in the Museum.
To apply for the IC Explorer Internship for the summer of 2014 email your resumé and cover letter in one attached PDF file to Internship Coordinator JJ Sadler at JJ.Sadler@mail.ic.edu.
Address your cover letter to the site contact:
Library Services Director
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 N. 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
The application deadline is January 31, 2014. On-campus interviews will be held in mid-February and selections will be made before spring break.