TOPEKA — The Kansas Historical Society announced it is offering up to three paid internships for summer 2011. The paid internships are full-time positions (40 hours per week) for eight weeks. Two interns will write content for the Historical Society’s online encyclopedia on Kansas history, Kansapedia. The third intern will help staff with selection and description of content for the Historical Society’s online collections, kansasmemory.org.
Paid interns will receive a $2,500 stipend. Private funding for these internships is made possible through the John Ripley Endowment and the Lela Barnes Fund.
John Ripley was a Topeka businessman known not only for his prosperous laundry business, but also for his interest in and knowledge of local history. Lela Barnes was a curator of manuscripts at the Kansas Historical Society from 1936-1962.
To be eligible, undergraduate and graduate students must meet one of the following requirements: must be enrolled at Washburn University, must have graduated from a high school in Shawnee County, or must be a resident of Shawnee County. Students must be majoring in history, anthropology, communications, graphic design, American studies, museum studies, folk arts, or a related program.
Unpaid internships are available in the Historical Society’s education and outreach division. Interns may help prepare scholarly articles for publication, create online exhibits, or create online educational games.
To apply for internships, students must submit a letter of interest explaining how the internship fits into his or her career plan, a current resume, current university transcript (copies are acceptable), and two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a professional in the student's field. Application materials should be addressed to KSHS Internship Committee, Kansas Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66615-1099. Applications must be received by April 1, 2011. Candidates will be notified in writing whether they have or have not received an internship. Kansas Historical Society staff, board, and their family members are not eligible to apply.
The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency that operates the Kansas Museum of History, State Archives & Library, Kansas Capitol Tour Center, and 16 state historic sites. For more information visit kshs.org.
The Kansas Historical Society does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs. The Historical Society requests prior notification to accommodate individuals with special needs or disabilities.