Transcribe an oral history; write a lesson plan; develop marketing strategies; work hands-on in our artifact and archive collection areas; teach a child the art of the "hoop and stick". The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) is committed to providing learning opportunities and career-enhancing experiences to college and graduate students. Whether greeting the public on the front lines or working behind the scenes, interns take an active role in executing the mission of the presidential museum and library. Working with professional staff as part of a skilled team, interns participate in significant projects as well as day-to-day operations as they become familiar with the museum and library fields. References and contacts gained through work as an intern can be helpful in securing future employment and admission to further programs of study. Students and recent graduates in history, museum studies, library science or education are highly encouraged to apply.



The ALPLM internship program is open to qualified college students, recent graduates or graduate students. Interns from all majors and interests are encouraged to apply.  Interviews will be conducted for all positions.



ALPLM internships are unpaid. Parking is provided for all interns working at least three days per week. Interns will also receive free admission to any ALPLM/HPA theater performance, book signing or other event held during the intern's stay for which there's an admission charge.  Housing is not provided, but a list of available housing in the area is available through the Education Department.


Academic Credit

The ALPLM will work with students to provide educational opportunities that meet college requirements.  We encourage interns to seek academic credit for their internship and will assist in any way to help the intern receive it.  Check with your advisor or department chair to inquire about your school's requirements.



Internships usually take place throughout the typical academic spring, summer or fall semester. Students are required to work at least three days per week unless special arrangements are made with the supervisor and intern program coordinator.


Application Periods

Applications will be accepted on an on-going basis for any unfilled intern positions.  Some internships fall outside the scope of the typical academic calendar and are considered Special Projects. These are not subject to the deadlines listed above and may be for a shorter or longer duration than one academic semester.


Museum Internship Openings

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) intern program is administered through the ALPLM Department of Education. Intern positions are available within a variety of departments in both the Library and Museum as listed below.


Current Internship Openings


Interns will learn all the procedures and workflows of digitizing the Audio-Visual Department's Broadside Collection to make them digitally available to the public. The primary project the intern will assist with is the digitization of over 7,000 broadsides in the A/V department. This includes digitizine the broadside on the appropriate scanner, assigning metadata to each scanned broadside, and creating a resrouce record in ArchivesSpace to help make the A/V department more available to the public. The intern may also be basted with uploading a low-resolution copy of the digitized broadside.

Audio Visual Intern Summer 2019.pdf


Cataloging - Map Collection

Interns will assist in an item-level inventory of the map collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Interns will gain experience in updating catalog records in library software and work towards increasing the discoverability of library materials. Interns will also be responsible for addressing the preservation needs of cartographic materials, including conservation work and rehousing. 

Cataloging Intern Summer 2019 - Maps.pdf


Cataloging - Serials

Interns will assist in an item-level inventory of the serials collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Cataloging item records will be created using the library's integrated library system for items missing from the catalog. Interns will contact publishers for missing issues and prepare serials to be sent to the bindery. Interns will also identify preservation neets.

Cataloging Intern Summer 2019 - Serials.pdf



Working under the direction of conservation staff, the intern will perform a variety of basic conservation treatments on historical books and paper materials. The intern may also learn how to collect and interpret environmental data, prepare and mount items for exhibit, and assist in preservation workshops and events. The scope of specific projects will be based on the intern's skill level, interests, academic requirements, and the schedule of activities and projects undertaken in the ALPLM Conservation Department during the internship period. All training will be provided.

Conservation Intern Summer 2019.pdf


Facilities Rental

Intern in the Facilities Rental Office will have the opportunity to work with the Facilities Rental Manager to market, rent, plan and produce a variety of meetings and events for rental clients, everything from staff retreats and convention receptions to awards dinners and wedding receptions. this internship is ideal for an out-going, detail-oriented individual who enjoys meeting people, who is enthusiastic about event management and marketing/sales and would benefit from practical experience.

Facility Rental Intern Summer 2019.pdf


Guest Services

Intern will be tasked with researching, creating and leading summer programming in Union Square park as it relates to the All Aboard exhibit. Additionally will assist with the programming and execution of the Superheroes Boot Camp Day program. Intern will work with Guest Services Manager and Director of Education to finalize all activities. Intern must be able to commit to the following work days: June 14, June 15, July 12, and August 9.

Guest Services Intern Summer 2019.pdf



The Advertising and Marketing Intern's primary duties include but are not limited to: assisting with content writing for the website, blog, social media and sales and marketing collateral; assisting with customer testimonial and case study persona; coordinate and improve processes relating to filing and management of marketing graphics, collateral, inages, etc.; assist with event planning for trade-shows and other key events; assist with project coordinationl conduct competitive analysis and market research; organize program marketing time-line; and assist with collateral updates and brand control.

Marketing Intern Summer 2019.pdf


Newspapers on Microfilm

Interns working with newspapers on microfilm will assist in entering the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library's microfilm holdings utilizing the library's integrated library system. Interns will also create a listing of microfilm holdings by county from a database to upload to the library's website. Interns will check in and prepare newspapers for microfilming. Interns will also clean up records in the library's listing of obituaries and upload them to online finding aids.

Newspapers Intern Summer 2019.pdf


Oral History

Interns in Oral History will perform a wide variety of administrative and IT related tasks in the processing of oral history interviews, to include creating excerpts from audio and video interviews, scanning photos and developing captions for the same, managing an Access database used for tracking interviews and many other tasks. Conduct research on specific oral history subjects, developing study aids for interviewers on specific projects. Interns will become familiar with the entire oral history process, from interviewing to archiving. Processing duties rely heavily on computer technology. As a separate Intern position, or in conjunction with the above, develop a Teacher Lesson Plan using interviews from the ALPL Oral History Collection. The proposed lesson plan title is "Women Trail Blazers."

Oral History Internship Summer 2019


Application Procedure

Please submit the following materials in your application package:

  • Completed and signed Internship Application Form.doc (also signed by advisor)
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation:
  • College transcript (a photocopy is acceptable)
  • Letter of interest stating reasons for wanting to be an intern at the ALPLM, including:
    • Personal goals
    • Expectations of intern experience
    • How the internship relates to career plans
    • What he/she believes they can contribute to the Museum and/or Library
    • Special interests and abilities
  • Specific information including: dates available to work; number of hours per week; number and days available to work
  • If doing internship for university credit, supply school requirements and advisor's name and contact information
  • Any additional materials requested in the specific internship description

Mail or email your complete application package to:
Abigail Cline
Education Coordinator
112 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701