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

The George Washington University


The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project


The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, a documentary editing project located on the Campus of The George Washington University, is seeking graduate and undergraduate interns for the summer of 2016. The papers offer a robust internship program designed to give students experience with the editing process of an historical research project and ths skills necessary to use DC's many historical resources. 
The ERP 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 ERP’s website is being expanded, and ERP staff are engaged in outreach to students, teachers, scholars, and policy makers.

The ERP 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 ERP 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 seek students with an interest in history who are considering careers in museums, archives, publishing, or universities. 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 XML and similar coding languages are encouraged to apply, as are those more generally interested in the digital humanities.

General Information and How to Apply

The project's offices are generally open from 9:00-5:00 on weekdays. 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, as well as start and finish dates.

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.

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

Christy Regenhardt, Editor.; or mail to

Christy Regenhardt, Editor, The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, The George Washington University, 1922 F Street NW Suite 406, Washington, DC 20052.

Applications due no later than March 31, 2016. Preference given to applications received before March 1.