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Summer Internship Program


The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2022 Summer Internship Program. The program aims to introduce students to professional work in institutions that support history in the public interest.

Interns are expected to work full-time (35 hours per week) for at least 8 weeks. Internships may be completed remotely or onsite per the position descriptions. Beginning and end dates of the internship will be arranged between the institution and the intern, but all internships should be completed by August 15. Download the descriptions of the 2022 Summer Internship Opportunities.

The stipend for undergraduate internships is $4,000. The stipend for graduate internships is $5,000. Stipends are intended to cover housing, travel, and daily living expenses – all arrangements and costs for which are the intern’s responsibility.


The summer internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Villanova University. A background in history is preferred but not required. Students who are not currently history majors/minors should explain their interest and (where applicable) relevant experience in history, historic preservation, museum studies, or archival work. 

Submission Guidelines

Applicants should submit the following items in a single .pdf to

  1. Cover Sheet: applicants must include contact info, major/minor, anticipated date of graduation, name of a Villanova professor to serve as a reference, and the names of up to three preferred internships ranked 1-3. Download the descriptions of the 2022 Summer Internship Opportunities.
  2. Application letter (2 pages max.): applicants should explain their interest in the internships for which they wish to be considered, relevant experience and coursework, and what they hope to gain from a summer internship.
  3. Resumé (2 pages max.).
  4. Transcript (unofficial).
  5. Reference: on the Cover Sheet, applicants must include the name of a professor from the History Department willing to provide a reference on the applicant’s behalf. A letter of recommendation is not required at this stage, but the applicant should confirm that the professor is willing to serve as a reference.

All applications and inquiries should be submitted to Lepage Center Director Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky at  


The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University is soliciting institutional partners to host interns during the summer of 2022.

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 that will emphasize mentorship and demonstrate a plan for and commitment to interns' professional and intellectual development.

Internships will require 8 weeks of full-time work (35 hours per week) and should be completed by Aug. 15, 2022. The Lepage Center will award undergraduate interns a $4000 stipend and graduate interns a $5000 stipend.

Partner Eligibility

The intern's primary duties 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 the Lepage Center 2021 Summer Internship program and the Grants awardees for diverse examples of projects that fall under the broad category of history in the public interest. Additional examples 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 making historical materials accessible to online readers;
  • editorial assistant for historical public writing projects.

Application Instructions

Please send a letter of interest and a 2-page resume of the primary internship supervisor(s) in a single PDF to Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky, Lepage Center Director, at

Letters of interest 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

Jan. 15, 2022

Award Notification

The Lepage Center will notify applicants by Jan. 30, 2022


Contact Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky, Lepage Center Director, at

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

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