Student Internships

The ITPS offers an exciting and multifaceted range of internship opportunities for students, either for payment or for course credit. students will hone stills in wide range of projects and learning formats in museum and archival studies, with a particular emphasis on building historical and digital community, both in New Rochelle and around the globe. Students gain experience, knowledge, and applied experience in: non-profit management; social media strategy; website and digital outreach; event planning and fundraising; exhibit curation; archival cataloguing and preservation; visitor engagement, tour development, and multi-language docent work; database development; and others.  Paid internships include the Gardiner internships in Digital Humanities, Data Science, and History Communication, while course credit opportunities include appointments with the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum and the Center for Digital History at the Fred Smith Library at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

  • Internship with the Center for Digital History at the Fred W. Smith Library at George Washington’s Mount Vernon: Students will work remotely  with Mount Vernon on three major projects, including the history of enslaved people at Mount Vernon database, George Washington’s digital encyclopedia, and early American music manuscripts. Interns will explore also how podcast production is utilized to share historical knowledge for a general audience. The internship course consists of three group meetings with the instructor of record; a light reading list (three to five items); a final project that reflects the work done at Mount Vernon (a digital project, consisting of a blog post, a podcast, and/or a series of social media posts).
  • On-site projects at the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum in New Rochelle: Students will participate in an archival methods workshop with the onsite coordinator; Three group meetings with the instructor of record; A light reading list (three to five items); A final project that reflects the work done at the Paine Cottage (a digital project, consisting of a blog post, a podcast, and/or a series of social media posts).

Interested students should contact Dr. Michael Crowder at mcrowder@iona.edu.

Current and Former Interns

Chyanne Blakey, History Communications Intern

Catherine DiProperzio, Text Attribution Project Intern

I’m Catherine, class of 2023, and a computer science major with a math and English double minor. As of now, the research I am doing with ITPS involves testing each Federalist Paper with the Text Attribution Project computer software to discover if it is attributed to the right author. Eventually, I want to contribute to re-designing the software to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the tests.

Felicia Ferrando, ITPS-Mount Vernon-Washington Library Intern, Enslaved Peoples of Mount Vernon Database

Hello, I’m Felicia Ferrando. I’m a history major at Iona College in New York. I’m in my junior year and excited to see where my love of history takes me in graduate school!

Luz Paulino, Text Attribution Project Intern

I am a junior undergraduate game developer. I  am heavily interested in technology and its limitless potential. I also interested in using technology to create my wild cinematic worlds for people’s enjoyment. I am graduating in the spring of 2023.

Moriah Simmons, ITPS-Mount Vernon-Washington Library Intern, Enslaved Peoples of Mount Vernon Database

My name is Moriah Simmons and I’m a junior History major at Iona College. History is an important area of study due to our own humanity being the main subject matter, isn’t it interesting to see our behaviors repeated in different variants over time, or how problems we faced over time never left us but manifested in each generation? The complexity of human experience is magnified in historical studies, and I think that is what makes it most intriguing.

Christian Zimmardi, ITPS-Mount Vernon-Washington Library Intern, Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington

Hello, my name is Christian Zimmardi and I am a senior Political Science major and History minor at Iona College. I have had a passion for history ever since I could remember. The ITPS internship has taught me the value of social and cultural history. I couldn’t be more grateful to have learned about George Washington and his world, as it has reshaped much of my understanding of the history of the Revolutionary Era.

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