The summer internship at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri, provides an opportunity to work at an establishment belonging to the network of fourteen Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Its collection contains materials relating to the many world-changing developments that occurred within the eventful presidency of Missouri-born Harry S. Truman—the dawn of the Nuclear Age, the commencement of the Cold War, the reconstruction of a Europe devastated by World War II, the recognition of the newly-created State of Israel, and much more. As well as housing many documents that would have crossed the President’s desk, the Library and Museum’s collection contains materials relating to Truman’s life before and after his tenure at the White House.
This is an eight-week, 40-hour-a-week unpaid internship, coinciding with the University’s eight-week summer session. Students can earn between five to eight credit hours. The internship comes with a five-hour (in-state) tuition scholarship, thanks to the generosity of Fred and Ethel Schwengel, who graduated from Truman State University in the 1930s and established an endowment to support students who share their passion for history.
After being selected, the interns can pursue experience in the area that matches their interests. Internship opportunities at the Library and Museum include:
- public relations
- educational programming
- museum development
- visitor services
Applicants for this internship should possess strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and basic computer skills, as well as an ability to work independently on multiple tasks. The successful applicants will be dependable, motivated, and resourceful.