Fellowships & Internships
The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project offers two fellowships per year to PhD students in the GW Columbian College’s Department of History. Most students hold the fellowship for four years, working part-time in the ERPP while pursuing their studies. The fellowships include a stipend and full tuition.
The fellowships offer graduate students a unique opportunity to combine diligent research and writing with a practical education in the digital humanities and scholarly editing. Most fellows also receive publishing credit in our print volumes.
Students interested in the fellowship should seek admission to the PhD program in the Department of History, and indicate an interest in the ERPP in your application. Contact Christy Regenhardt at [email protected] for more information.
Internship program currently on hold, to be reassessed for 2023.
The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project offers a unique internship experience that lets students explore the many sides of history and historical research in the Washington, D.C., area, while gaining experience in all aspects of our work here at the project. Our interns are here to learn, so the papers offer a robust internship program designed to give students experience with the editing process of an historical research project and the skills necessary to use DC's many historical resources. This summer, we will be offering interns a choice between a traditional historical track and a digital humanities track during the internship.
The ERPP 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 use part of their time with us to complete independent research projects on topics related to the holdings of the ERPP 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 the National Archives, as well as other local repositories. We also tour historic sites in the DC area related to the Roosevelts and their historical era. All students learn about digital humanities and how it affects our work at the project, and those on the DH track create a digital project over the course of the internship. Students entering this track are not required to come in with experience in the digital, but general comfort with computers is helpful.
We seek students with a passion for history who are considering careers in universities, museums, archives, libraries, or publishing. We look for students with good research skills who possess the ability to pay scrupulous attention to detail. A background in U.S. history, women's history/studies, or international affairs is desirable, but not required.
Details 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 (especially for students working a paid job during their internship), as well as start and finish dates. While our internship program is generally a summer program, we also occasionally accept interns during the school year.
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.