Student Opportunities

The ITPS strives to provide and empower Iona students with a variety of pre-professional, scholarly, and hands-on learning experiences. Inspired by the work of Thomas Paine and in support of the Iona College mission of intellectual inquiry, community engagement, and an appreciation for diversity, the ITPS offers students opportunities in the fields of digital humanities, public history, and archival studies. These opportunities take the form of internships, particularly those that focus on digital and museum studies as well as data science; curriculum like the forthcoming Public History and Digital Humanities minor as well as the “Revolutions” ICT; and research collaborations across disciplinary and professional lines.

ITPS Curriculum

A multi- and inter-disciplinary minor was created several years ago in Paine Studies. The core curriculum includes courses in History, English, Political Science, and Philosophy. In light of the new Iona core curriculum, as well as the recent digital initiatives sponsored by the ITPS, this minor and ICT are currently being revised. The revised minor, “Public History and the Digital Humanities,” will be available to students beginning in the fall of 2021. This minor includes an introductory course, ITPS 210, “Introduction to Public History and the Digital Humanities,” and an internship course, ITPS 492, “Internship in Public History.” The revised ICT, a collaboration between the English and History departments, “Revolutions: Real, Imagined, Digital” will also be available for students then. Please email if you are interested in more information!


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 doscent 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 podcast production to share historical knowledge for a general audience; 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

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.

Scholarship and Research

The McNeil Center Consortium

In the fall of 2017, Iona College and the ITPS joined the consortium of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. Based at the University of Pennsylvania, the McNeil Center is an interdisciplinary community that studies the histories and cultures of North America before 1850. It supports a wide range of scholarly endeavors, from seminars and conferences to fellowships, published works, and public history initiatives.

The McNeil Center Undergraduate Research Workshop (URW)

The McNeil Center URW extends the benefits of the McNeil Center to undergraduate students enrolled at consortium institutions by holding a workshop for advanced (junior or senior) undergraduates writing an honors thesis or research paper in early American studies. Each Spring semester, a select group of students are accepted to become a part of the McNeil Center’s intellectual community. Participating in the URW includes: touring Philadelphia’s archives, attending the prestigious Friday Seminars, presenting one’s research at a conference at the University of Pennsylvania, and support along the way by peers, graduate student mentors, and faculty from the participants’ colleges. “ Application information for the annual URW is available beginning in November of that academic year, with an application deadline of December.  If you have any questions, please contact Iona’s faculty advisor and McNeil Center research associate Dr. Slonimsky at For the 2020—2021 academic year, please contact Dr. Crowder at to apply

Upcoming Conference Involvement

The ITPS has multiple events each year, and welcomes student involvement. Please reach out to if you are interested!