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The project offers internships, generally during the summer, to undergraduate and graduate students interested in American history, the history of science and technology, and the editing of historical documents. Interns assist the editorial staff with the preparation of The Papers of Joseph Henry and also pursue research on topics to be explored in the volumes.

Examples of topics recently assigned to interns are the Smithsonian involvement in nineteenth-century expeditions, Henry's activities on behalf of the U.S. Light-House Board, the Smithsonian's meteorological program, and contacts between Japan and the Smithsonian.

Interns gain experience in researching primary materials from the 1850-1880 period, principally manuscripts, newspapers, and government documents. Research is conducted at the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives.

The deadline for receiving applications for summer internships is April 1. The minimum term for a summer internship is two months. Interns are expected to work 30 to 40 hours per week during the normal office hours of 8:45 AM to 5:15 PM. Applicants must provide the project with a completed application form, a 500-1,000 word statement explaining why he or she is interested in serving an internship with the Henry Papers, a current transcript, and a letter of reference from an adviser or professor. Academic credit may be granted if arrangements are made in advance.

For application form or for further information, please write Marc Rothenberg, Editor, Joseph Henry Papers, Smithsonian Institution, P. O. Box 37012, Capital Gallery Building, Suite 3000, MRC 507, Washington, DC 20013-7012. You may also contact Marc Rothenberg by telephone at (202) 633-5932; by fax at (202) 633-5928; or by e-mail at

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