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 theater performance, book signing or other event held during the intern's stay for which there's an admission charge, upon receiving prior Box Office Manager approval.  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

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 Fall 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 Fall 2019.pdf 


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