Application Update

We are instituting a new protocol for applications. Please e-mail your complete application package to  


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 (Summer 2020)

**All internships include development opportunities, such as:  behinds the scenes tours, interaction with other library and museum departments, and options to learn more about ALPLM’s programs and careers.

Illinois History Day - Education Department

Intern will report to the Affiliate Coordinator of the Illinois History Day program. Primary responsibilities will be researching and developing content for the Illinois History Day program. Content includes materials for the website as well as packets, training videos, and information for teachers and students. Duties include, but are not limited to, research, writing, web-content development, editing, and other duties as assigned relating to the needs of the Education Department.

Illinois History Day - Education Announcement


Library Services - Cataloging

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois is seeking a cataloging intern for the summer months, May through August. This position is open to recent graduates of, or students currently enrolled in, a graduate library or information science program who have an interest in pursuing the cataloging profession and have little to no experience. This is an unpaid opportunity but can also be configured for course credit or as a practicum. The intern will get experience in:
          • Copy cataloging on serials in the library' holdings. 
          • Searching for MARC records in OCLC Connexion.
          • Updating records in the library's bibliographic database. 
          • End processing on selected materials.
          • Assisting with other cataloging projects as assigned.  


Library Services - Conservation

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.

Library Services - Conservation Announcement


Library Services - Registrar/Artifact Collections

Intern will assist Registrar with documentation of the collection or accession of acquired artifacts which may include actual cataloging, documentary photography, inventory, creating object files both digitally through data-entry and physically with hard files, and proper storage. The intern will assist in preparing for artifact installations and assist in those installations. The intern will have opportunities to observe and interact with other departments as well.

Library Services - Registrar/Artifact Collections Announcement


Research Department - Oral History

Interns will perform a wide variety of tasks involved in processing of oral history interviews, to including managing an access data base used for tracking the status of interviews, plus creating excerpts from audio and video interviews, posting material on the program's web site, scanning photos and many other tasks. Conduct research on specific oral history subjects, developing study aids for interviewers on specific projects. Help create a Teacher Resource (lesson plan) focusing on trailblazing women.

Research Department - Oral History Announcement


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:
    • Your personal goals
    • Your expectations of the internship experience
    • How the internship relates to your career plans
    • What you believe you can contribute to the Museum and/or Library
    • Any relevant 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

We are instituting a new protocol for applications. Please e-mail your complete application package to