IC Explorer Internship Description
Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site
Two internship options, total of six interns to be selected
HISTORIC SITE INTERPRETERS
Four students to be selected
As a historic site interpreter, you will be expected to learn the history of the village, wear period costumes, and interpret different homes or business in the village. Interns will be expected to learn the stories of a few different sites in the village and will have assignment rotations. You will learn and demonstrate various crafts. All interpreters attend our informative morning meetings from 9-10 a.m. and will be invited to attend any of the workshops offered.
All majors would benefit from this internship experience. Required skills include: Ability to learn historical stories; excellent oral communication skills; ability to share interpretation of role with visitors; enjoy relating to and interacting with people; ability to work independently or as part of a team; and an interest in historical information.
DAY CAMP COUNSELOR/HISTORIC SITE INTERPRETER
Two students to be selected
Illinois College and Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site partner on a day camp that will operate four days a week for four different weeks. A new group of campers attend each session. The Day Camp Counselor/Historic Site Interpreter will serve as Site Interpreters when not involved with Day Camp activities. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, executing activities of campers in grades 5th-10th. Requirements include ability to multi-task, enjoyment of children, and event planning. Relevant coursework preferred. Interns will be expected to learn historical background of Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, wear historical attire at times and master certain historical crafts and skills. Enthusiasm and an ability to keep groups of children safe, while having fun, is a must. The counselors/interpreters may also be responsible for caring for a garden and for small animals in the village.
All interns will work full-time, five days per week for 10 weeks for the IC Explorer Internship. Typical work week for historical interpreters will be Sunday – Thursday, or Tuesday – Saturday. The day camp counselors will work Monday – Friday during the weeks of camp and the remaining weeks will have the historical interpreter schedule.
Petersburg is approximately 45 minutes northeast of Jacksonville. New Salem offers housing and limited utilities free of cost, and is shared by all the interns in need of housing for the summer. The intern house is located about 1 mile from the New Salem site and is in a rural location, located right off the highway. Personal transportation is suggested, but not mandated. Interns will be responsible for their own mail delivery and telephone service. There is no internet service at the house but is available for use with permission at the New Salem site or during off-work time at the Petersburg Public Library.
To apply for the IC Explorer Internship at Lincoln’s New Salem for the summer of 2013 email your resumé and cover letter in one attached PDF file to Kelly.Pool@ic.edu.
Address your cover letter to the site contact:
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
15588 History Lane
Petersburg, IL 62675
The application deadline is February 1, 2013. On-campus interviews will be held in mid to late February and selections will be made before spring break.