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Summer Internship Program

Call for Partners: Summer Internship Program 2021

The Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University is soliciting institutional partners to host summer interns during the summer of 2021.

The Lepage Center will fund Villanova undergraduate and graduate students to work on history projects aimed at serving the public interest. The Lepage Center seeks to partner with institutions who will emphasize mentorship and can demonstrate a plan for, and commitment to, the professional and intellectual development of interns. Internships will require 8 weeks of full-time work (35 hours per week) and should be completed by August 15, 2021. The Lepage Center will pay student interns directly and will award undergraduate interns a $3000 stipend and graduate interns a $4000 stipend.

Partner Eligibility: The primary duties of the intern should engage the methods and skills of historians to address some aspect of the public interest. Internships should be mutually beneficial to interns and partner institutions. There are no geographic limitations to partner eligibility, and internship proposals may require work on site, online, or a mix of both.

Potential partners can review a list of the Lepage Center’s Covid-19 grantees for diverse examples of projects that fall under the broad category of history in the public interest.

Additional examples of internships that might qualify include but are not limited to:

  • research assistant for a policy research center
  • project assistant for a program to analyze and re-envision the monumental landscape
  • digitization assistant for a project making historical documents accessible to online readers
  • curatorial assistant for a house museum seeking to interpret the local history of slavery
  • editorial assistant for historical public writing projects

Application Instructions: Please send a letter of interest and cv of the primary internship supervisor(s) in a single pdf to Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky, Lepage Center Faculty Director, at

Letters should address the following:

  • What duties and outcomes will define the proposed internship?
  • How does the proposed internship use historical thinking, methods, and skills to address issues of public interest?
  • Who will be the primary internship supervisor(s)? What types of teaching, mentoring, and professional development will they provide for the student?
  • Will this internship be integrated into an existing internship program or is it a stand-alone opportunity?
  • Can this internship, or parts of it, be done remotely? If on-site work is required, what protocols will ensure compliance with CDC safety recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19?
  • Can you tailor this internship to undergraduate or graduate expectations and mentorship, or is it best suited for one over the other?
  • Can you contribute funding toward an internship stipend, travel expenses, or housing? (This is not a requirement for successful applications.)

Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

Award Notification: The Lepage Center will notify applicants of partnership awards by January 30, 2021.

Questions: Questions should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky, Lepage Center Director, at


The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest
St. Augustine Center, Room 410
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085

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