Opportunities For Students

Internships or experiential opportunities available

  • Archives
  • Cultural resource management
  • Museums
  • National Park Service
  • State/local government
  • Study abroad
  • U.S. House of Representatives

For Juniors and Seniors

Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Award

Open for Applications: September 6, 2016
Application deadline: March 30, 2017
Applicants notified: Finalists notified first week of April, 2017. Winners will be notified the second week of May, 2017.

The Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award recognizes outstanding college juniors and seniors who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American history or American studies as well as a commitment to public service and community involvement.

Up to fifteen top American history college juniors and seniors will be selected as Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award winners who will:

  • Spend six days in New York City, June 4-9, 2017.
  • Participate in a program of special presentations, including meetings with eminent scholars.
  • Experience exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of a unique archive of primary sources.
  • Receive the Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award at a celebratory dinner.


For Graduating Seniors

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award Program Invites Applications from Graduating College Seniors

Application Deadline: January 17, 2017

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for a year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. 

The award was created in honor of the late president and chief executive officer of the former New England Electric System, now National Grid.

Applicants should develop a proposal for public service in the United States or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by the student alone or working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations.

All graduating students from accredited colleges in the United States are invited to apply. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply but must be graduating from a U.S. college or university.

For further information and an application form, visit the National Grid website.

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