Intern with the Jackson Center

Jackson Statue outside of the Center

The Robert H. Jackson Center offers internships for college students as a major part of its mission. Internship applicants may come from a variety of fields including Communications, History, Community and Justice Studies, Education, English, Pre-Law, Journalism, Writing, Business and Management, or other liberal arts majors. All students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school may apply. The deadline for 2020 summer internship applications is Monday, March 16.

Interns will work directly with their academic advisors and the staff of the Robert H. Jackson Center to determine their project. Each project will relate to the life and career of Robert H. Jackson, a major figure in the history of the United States. Areas of work will reflect the skills and interests of the intern and the needs of the Jackson Center. Some possibilities include the following:

  • Developing content for the website or future programs & exhibits related to the life and work of Robert H. Jackson and its relevance to current events and challenges.
  • Work with staff to review, organize and document archival materials.
  • Research and analyze local newspaper files and Chautauqua County Court records.
  • Curate video and photograph collections.
  • Developing educational materials, lesson plans and programs related to:
    1. Jackson’s 20-year legal practice in Chautauqua County
    2. Jackson’s years with the Roosevelt administration, first as Solicitor General, then as Attorney General of the United States, and finally Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
    3. Jackson’s opinions during his years as Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court
    4. Jackson’s prosecution of the Nuremberg War Trials as Chief Prosecutor.

Summer interns work between Memorial Day and Labor Day for a period of up to 12 weeks on a flexible schedule that will be agreed upon between the intern and the intern coordinator. The intern coordinator serves as a “coach” and there are regular opportunities to meet with staff members on a range of issues and topics pertaining to the intern’s assignments and interests.

The Robert H. Jackson Center does not provide housing, however previous interns have been successful arranging for housing privately or through the local community college. The application deadline is March 15 and a limited number of internships are offered each year. If you are interested, please email your resume with references, transcript, project proposal and a cover letter to

Please include in your cover letter 1) how the internship opportunity will serve your academic or career goals, 2) how the experience will build upon your previous experiences and academic program of study, and/or 3) in what other ways you can contribute to the Center. Please keep the cover letter to one page.

2019 summer interns with 2019 RHJ Supreme Court Lecturer Don Verrilli, RHJC President Kristan McMahon and RHJC Board member John Q. Barrett
2018 Summer Interns
2017 Summer Interns
2016 Summer College Interns
2015 Summer College Interns