Filson Internships

By John B. Westerfield II

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Brandon Winford, Jacob Lee, and Kelly WilliamsThis summer, The Filson provided hands on archival experience for two Boehl Summer Interns. Brandon Winford from North Carolina Central University and Kelly Williams from the University of Louisville each spent two months in the Special Collections Department learning about cataloging archival and manuscript material and experiencing first hand how a historical society’s special collections department operates.

Jacob Lee, who recently joined the Filson staff full-time and was himself a 2005 Boehl intern, served as Brandon and Kelly’s primary supervisor and mentor. Brandon described his time at The Filson and in Louisville (NCCU is in Durham) as very enjoyable and a wonderful learning experience. Kelly echoed that sentiment, saying “My experience as a Filson intern has helped me determine that I want to pursue a career in archives.” Jacob enjoyed being the teacher instead of the student while working with Brandon and Kelly, and hopes they benefited from the experience. There seems no doubt they did.


Filson Interns
Eligibility: Current enrollment in or recent completion of a graduate program in history or a related field
Tenure of Internships: Two semesters
Amount of Award: $1,000 per semester
Note: Interns work with appropriate curatorial staff and faculty advisors in areas of collections management and research.

H.F. Boehl Summer Interns
Eligibility: Current application
Tenure of Internship: One to three month summer residence
Amount of Award: $1,200 per month
Note: Interns work with appropriate curatorial staff and faculty advisors of collections management and research.

Filson Fellowships and Internships encourage the scholarly use of our nationally significant collections by providing support for travel and lodging.  Fellowships are designed to encourage research in all aspects of the history of Kentucky and the regions of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South.  Internships provide practical experience in collections management and research for graduate students.  Application deadlines for all fellowships and internships are February 15th and October 15th each year.  Applications are reviewed twice a year.  For more information about fellowships and internships, Visit The Filson's Fellowships Website.

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