The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield will hire two IC Explorer interns for the summer 2015 semester one at each location. Below is a listing of possible internship fields that you can choose from to ensure that your experience is as relatable to your interests as possible. You may indicate more than one field that you are interested in being considered for, and this should be indicated in your cover letter. Also, be sure to indicate your preference for the Library, Museum, or both in your cover letter.
Communications and Marketing
Students who intern with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum's Communications and Marketing Division will be involved in an exciting and productive earned and paid media operation. The division currently issues more than 400 news releases per year and conducts hundreds of print and broadcast interviews, for a total of up to ten million media impressions per month. Interns will receive training in research, writing and distributing news releases; preparing key staff for media interviews; developing news media strategy; planning publicity and marketing strategies for key events, acquisitions and exhibits; the development of social media campaigns; graphic design and the development of paid marketing and advertising campaigns. Interns will work with the team of staff who will develop an on-line catalog for the Museum Store and meet and escort visiting film crews, photographers, and travel writers.
For students who have a strong interest in collections management or being a registrar, this internship offers numerous opportunities to actively participate in tasks related to a collection or the artifacts in an exhibit. Both the registrar and curator of a small collection of artifacts related to other in-house collections will oversee and work with this internship. Interns will need to have a working knowledge and basic understanding of the process of collection management. Various opportunities in accessioning new acquisitions, researching artifacts in the collection, inventory, data entry of artifact records, preparing artifacts for storage, loan or shipment, learning how reports assist in the day-to-day operations, preparing loan agreements, installation of artifacts in exhibits or permanent displays, and problem-solving are possible in this internship. The student should have excellent communication skills, be able listen and follow instructions, engage in problem solving and articulation of ideas, understand the basics of collection needs, and exhibit professionalism at all times. Preference will be given to those who have successfully completed coursework or practicums related to collections management.
Under the direction of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum conservation staff, an intern would assist with a variety of conservation treatments on historical book and paper materials. The intern will gain experience in collecting and interpreting environmental data, preparing and mounting items for exhibit, in responding to preservation information inquiries, as well as preparing for and participating in preservation workshops and events. The scope of specific projects will be based on the intern's skill level, interests, academic requirements, and the needs of the ALPL Conservation Department. Students and recent graduates from conservation training and bookbinding programs are encouraged to apply. Related subject areas include library science (with interest/specialization in preservation), museum studies (with emphasis on collection care), and fine arts (with interest in book and paper arts).
Option 1 - Interns in the field of Education gain hands-on experience in creating, planning and implementing museum education programs utilizing the exhibits and collections of the presidential library and museum. They participate in on-going school outreach and community collaborations. Students actively take a role in the development of educational resources, lesson plans, workshops, institutes and other special events.
Option 2 - Interns looking for up-close and personal experience in providing interpretive opportunities to students of all ages assist professional staff with the interpretation in Mrs. Lincoln's Attic, the children's play area of the presidential museum. Interns will gain experience in managing student groups, maintaining an exhibit space, greeting museum patrons - people of all ages - and making special presentations in the exhibit space.
Exhibit & Design
Option 1 - An internship with the Exhibit Department allows a student to participate in the design, fabrication, installation, and maintenance of permanent, temporary and traveling exhibits. Interns would be exposed to the exhibit processes utilized at the ALPLM. These stages of planning, design, fabrication and installation involve working with groups and on an individual basis. The intern will be engaged in the activity in which the department is currently involved. These activities may include working on a storyboard, developing prototypes, envisioning exhibit elements on a variety of scales, basic graphic design and production, exhibit installation, or mount making. The intern will be expected to communicate well, listen and follow directions, work in a team environment, articulate creative and imaginative problem solving ideas, think three-dimensionally, and interpret sketches, drawings and diagrams. A working knowledge of basic hand and power tools, the ability to climb ladders and stairs, lift materials up to 40 pounds, stoop, bend, kneel and utilize proper safety precautions in all tasks performed are necessary. Some experience in the workshop environment with paints, solvents, glues and other types of chemicals is possible. Some basic instruction on the handling of artifacts is also possible. College/graduate students in the fields of exhibit design, graphic design, architecture, fine art, and museum studies are encouraged to apply.
Option 2 - Interns assisting with Design and Graphic Arts would work under the direction of the ALPLM graphic artist on general design and layouts for newspaper ads, posters, museum signage, rack cards, and various related projects for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, the Museum departments of Marketing, Theater and Technical Systems, Exhibits, Education, Guest Services, Facilities Rental, or the Museum store. Applicants must have or be in the process of attaining a B.A. degree in graphic design. Strong skills in typography and general layout design as well as proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite CS3 on both Mac and PC platforms are a must. Experience with prepress preparation is desired. This intern must be highly motivated to develop and learn new creative skills and must possess solid communication and organizational skills. The applicant must submit a portfolio with the application.
An intern with the Facilities Rental Office will work alongside the Facility Rental Manager to market, rent, plan and produce a variety of meetings and events for rental clients. Interns will assist with the planning of everything from staff retreats and convention receptions to awards dinners and wedding receptions. Responsibilities will include communicating with prospective clients by phone, email, fax and in person about rental offerings and event options; assisting in the planning and production of events using our software programs including EMS and Meeting Matrix; providing tours of the Library & Museum venues; preparing for "Luncheon at the Library" and "To a Tea" events; helping to coordinate marketing efforts including website and email blasts; updating marketing databases and other special projects as they may occur. This internship is ideal for an out-going, detail-oriented individual studying in the subject areas of hospitality or tourism who enjoys meeting people and would benefit from practical experience in event management.
The Facilities Services Section provides support services for the entire ALPLM Complex. Interns interested in parks and recreation would benefit from assisting in the buildings and grounds maintenance. This internship provides a hands-on opportunity to assist management and building grounds staff in implementing the daily operational and maintenance plan for the presidential museum, library, and Union Station Park. Duties would also include working closely with Facility Rental staff and assisting in setting up and tearing down for all special events.
As part of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the ALPLM is only one of five buildings the IT Division supports. An IT intern would assist primarily with desktop and end user support. Duties would include the configuration, installation and troubleshooting of: Operating Systems (Windows XP and Windows 7); Software (Microsoft Office Products and other common software applications); Printer and Scanners; Blackberrys, Cell Phones and Radios; IT Inventory reconciliation; preparation of equipment for surplus; desktop hardware (computers and peripherals); editing and processing of multimedia for web streaming and archiving; web page design, maintenance & updating.
Working under the supervision of the Lincoln Curator and the Lincoln Collection staff, an intern may assist in a variety of duties depending on the current needs of the department, including: assisting in processing new materials; creating/updating finding aids or bibliographic materials and databases; assessing and implementing computer applications for data management; photocopying or scanning materials; transcribing select documents and performing relevant research; assisting in the preservation of collection materials; assisting with special projects assigned to the department. This internship is appropriate for college students, graduate students and recent graduates with an interest in history, social sciences or the humanities. Library science or information science students are encouraged to apply. Interns must have already successfully completed at least one year of college course work. Preference will be given to students who have successfully completed a course in historical or archival sources and methods or who are otherwise generally familiar with basic historical reference works and finding aids available in most college or research libraries.
Working under the supervision of Manuscripts Department staff, the intern may participate in a variety of duties including: creating/updating finding aids or bibliographic materials; translating documents; transcribing selected documents for exhibits/articles and performing relevant research; processing collections; and assisting with special projects assigned to the department. This internship is appropriate for college students, graduate students and recent graduates with an interest in history, social sciences or the humanities. Library science or information science students with an interest in archives or manuscripts are encouraged to apply. Interns must have already successfully completed at least one year of college course work. Preference will be given to history or library/information science majors, followed by majors in other social sciences or the humanities. Preference will also be given to students who have successfully completed a course in historical or archival sources and methods or who are otherwise generally familiar with basic historical reference works and finding aids available in most college or research libraries. In addition, the following skills will be required: Good writing skills, basic computer skills such as word processing, familiarity with database or digital image programs, an appreciation for the fragility and uniqueness of historical materials, and able to tolerate dust and mold associated with some collection materials.
Interns in Oral History will assist the Director of Oral History in a wide variety of tasks, including the processing of oral history interviews for archiving, and for eventual posting onto the program’s web site. The position will involve assisting in all aspects of oral history processing, including maintaining the oral history database, working with photographs and documents, some editing of audio files, and preparing materials and correspondence for eventual archiving. The position will introduce interns to a wide variety of tasks and skills that will enhance their learning experience. Interns also occasionally conduct background research in support of various oral history projects. Those who enjoy history and politics have thoroughly enjoyed working with these materials.
Preference will be given to Information Technology majors or library science majors, especially those with an interest in history or political science. A thorough foundation in basic computer skills and good attention to detail are necessary prerequisites. Preference will also be given to students who have successfully completed a course in oral history, historical or archival sources and methods, or those who are otherwise generally familiar with basic historical reference works and finding aids available in most college or research libraries. In addition, the following skills are important: good writing skills, experience with word processing, familiarity with database or digital image programs, plus editing of audio or video files.
As a separate position, the program is also looking for interns who want to do video editing of existing interviews for possible use on public access or local TV venues. And as another separate position, the program is looking for interns who would develop teacher lesson plans using selected oral history interviews, with the goal of posting the lesson plans on the ALPLM Oral History web site.
Interns in the Research Department will assist staff in research for upcoming exhibitions to be featured in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum or for special projects periodically assigned to the Research Department. Interns will typically participate in identifying, locating, examining and transcribing from such historical source materials as microfilmed newspapers, period imprints, manuscripts, government and legal records, maps, and visual images. Duties may also include creating or updating bibliographic materials, collection guides, or databases, or assisting oral historians in transcriptions and other duties. Particular assignments may require research in nearby historical repositories beyond the ALPLM such as Illinois State Archives or the Sangamon Valley Collection at Springfield's public library, the Lincoln Library. Preference will be given to history majors, followed by other social science or humanities students. Preference will also be given to students who have successfully completed a course in historical or archival sources and methods or who are otherwise generally familiar with basic historical reference works and finding aids available in most college or research libraries. In addition, the following skills will be considered: Good writing skills, basic computer skills, such as word processing, familiarity with database or digital image programs, an appreciation for the fragility and uniqueness of historical materials, able to tolerate dust and mold associated with some collection materials.
Working directly with the Shows Director, the Attractions Coordinator, and/or the Technical Director, interns will be offered hands-on learning experience in the day-to-day operations the department is involved with in making the visitor experience educational and memorable.
Option 1 - The theatre and interpretation department oversees the two theaters in the museum as well as all other areas in which the performing arts are utilized, including first-person interpretation performed in other exhibit areas in the museum, such as the Cabinet Room and Ford's Theatre exhibits. An intern would work closely with the Attractions Coordinator, learning about the inner-workings of day-to-day operation of the Shows unit and assisting with ushering in the museum's two theaters, which, in addition to the regular shows also includes special performances from time to time (such as the Museum's popular play One Destiny and From My Front Porch). Other opportunities could include portraying a living history character, storytelling, playing a musical instrument, singing in the plaza or park or researching and assisting in the creation of stories, theater pieces and the creation of characters that could be performed in various Museum programs. Students with theater background or musical skills are encouraged to apply. For Theater-Acting students we offer a semester or summer session experience in creating short theater pieces for performance in museum exhibits and other performance spaces. This entails research, writing and performing a project. Time spent as an intern can be specialized for writing, directing and acting students at the discretion of the Shows Director.
Option 2 - The Technical Systems Department oversees the day-to-day operation and maintenance of all show and event-related electronics. This includes all inter-actives as well as video, audio, lighting and special effects used throughout the museum and two theaters to enhance visitors' experience. This department also oversees each production adding audio, lighting and video support as needed and assists in new exhibit design and installation to support new and ever-changing technologies. Students in museum studies and theater production with strong tendencies toward electronics and computer-aided productions are encouraged to apply.
Interns in the Volunteer Services Department would assist professional staff in a variety of functions, including recruiting, training and scheduling volunteers, assisting volunteers on special projects and special events, facilitating large mailings and the production of a regular departmental newsletter, creating and organizing training sessions and materials, and performing basic office tasks, clerical duties and record keeping.
To apply for an IC Explorer Internship for the summer of 2015 with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, send your resumé and cover letter in one attached PDF file to Internship Coordinator JJ Sadler at JJ.Sadler@mail.ic.edu. In the cover letter, please indicate the department(s) that most interest you.
Address your cover letter to the site contact:
Coordinator of Secondary and Adult Education
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
212 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701
The application deadline is February 6, 2015. On-campus interviews will be held in mid-February and selections will be made before spring break.