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: October 1, 2015
Application deadline: March 1, 2016
Applicants notified: First week of April, 2016

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.

Fifteen top American history college juniors and seniors will be selected from candidates across the country. Awardees will attend specially arranged meetings with leading American historians and VIP behind-the-scenes tours of archives. The recipients will be reimbursed for up to $600 for travel expenses to New York, and room and board will be provided during the award weekend.

  • Spend a weekend in New York City in June 2016.
  • Participate in a program of special presentations, including meetings with eminent scholars.
  • Experience exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of historic archives.
  • Receive the History Scholar Award at a celebratory dinner hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute in New York City.


For Graduating Seniors:

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

Application Deadline: January 19, 2016

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 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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