The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project is a university-chartered research center associated with the Department of History of The George Washington University

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The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project


The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project, a documentary editing project located on the Campus of The George Washington University, is seeking undergraduate interns for the summer of 2015.  
The Project collects, accessions, transcribes, and annotates material written by and to Eleanor Roosevelt relating to her post White House political life.  Volumes I and II, which cover 1945-1952, have already been completed.  Volume III is underway.  In addition, the Project’s website is being expanded, and Project staff are engaged in outreach to students, teachers, scholars, and policy makers.

The Project is committed to offering interns a wide range of archival and editing experiences — including research, organization of documents, web development, transcription and proofreading work. We also encourage students to complete independent research projects on topics related to the holdings of the Project or other collections in the DC area, and many of our summer interns undertake research related to senior theses or other long-term projects. Interns gain experience using the Library of Congress and local archives, and tour historic sites in the DC area related to the Roosevelts and their historical era.

We ask that interns be familiar with PC-based computers and Microsoft Office, have good research skills, and possess the ability to pay scrupulous attention to detail. A background in U.S. history, women's history/women's studies, or international affairs is desirable.  Foreign language skills are also useful.  Applicants with experience using HTML and/or Dreamweaver are encouraged to apply, as are those interested in the digital humanities.

General Information

The project's offices are generally open from 9:00-5:00 on weekdays. Interns should expect to devote 10 to 16 hours per week to the Project, over a semester. During the summer, students devote between 20 to 40 hours per week to the project if they are not enrolled in courses. There is some flexibility in arranging the specific hours. Depending on scheduling and interest and the needs of the Project.

Because of budget constraints, we are unfortunately unable to offer payment for internships; however, academic credit may be earned through arrangements with the Department of History and some other programs and departments at the George Washington University, as well as other colleges and universities. Consult the specific institution, department or program for details of their particular requirements. We are also able to offer small travel stipends to offset commuting costs for students living off campus.

To apply, please send a cover letter, a resume, and one letter of recommendation to:

Christy Regenhardt, Editor, The Eleanor Roosevelt Project, The George Washington University, 1922 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20052. Applications may also be emailed to Electronic submissions preferred.