Fortenbaugh Internships

Robert ’44 and Esther Kenyon Fortenbaugh ’46 Internship in Special Collections

Special Collections & College Archives

Goal: Become familiar with special collections and archives in an academic library.

Supervisor: Amy Lucadamo, College Archivist

Contact, (717) 337-7006

Dates available:

Spring semester

$8.50 per hour

6-8 hours per week for 14 weeks

Daytime, weekday hours

Internship Activities:

While this internship is open to all students regardless of major, it offers exceptional opportunities to students of history or related disciplines who wish to gain firsthand experience in archives and public history. The Special Collections staff will make every effort to tailor the internship duties to the talents and interests of the intern. A Fortenbaugh Intern in Special Collections might engage in:

  • Processing collections by rehousing and organizing College records or manuscript collections and preparing finding aids.
  • Creating digital content and metadata for GettDigital, working with the CONTENTdm database.
  • Creating content and scheduling/managing posts for social media.

To apply, please submit:

  1. A resume, which should outline past work experience, course projects, and/or volunteer work.
  2. A letter of interest indicating specifically why you would like to be an intern in Special Collections & College Archives, your career goals, and any relevant courses.
  3. The names and contact information for 1-2 references (references may be faculty members who can tell us about you and your work in the classroom, and/or your supervisor in a campus job or other relevant job.)

Musselman Library Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Musselman Library is committed to creating, through our learning spaces, programs, services, collections, and policies, an environment that supports, values, and respects everyone in the Gettysburg College community. At Gettysburg, diversity includes but is not limited to age, country of origin, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, geography, learning differences, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic level.

Research & Instruction - Unavailable for Spring 2020

Goal: Become familiar with research & instruction activities of an academic library.

Supervisor: Kerri Odess-Harnish, Director of Research & Instruction

Contact information:, (717) 337-7018

Times/Dates Available:

Spring semester

$8.50 per hour

6-8 hours per week for 14 weeks

Weekday hours required

Some evening hours possible on Monday-Thursday

Internship Activities:

After a training period, the intern will work 4-6 hours per week at the Research Help Desk and participate in collection management activities. In addition, other projects will be assigned based on the interests of the intern and the current needs of the department. For example, the intern might design a special program for students (e.g. finals study break night), help librarians prepare information literacy instruction sessions for specific courses, assist with a library exhibit, or develop a specific subject area of the reference collection.

By the end of the internship, the intern will be able to:

  • Discuss the range of work available in library and information science
  • Demonstrate a firsthand understanding of reference librarianship
  • Describe how librarians build and maintain library collections
  • Understand the teaching mission of libraries and librarians
  • Recognize issues confronting libraries and library users in the digital age