Applications Available for Summer Internship at Harry S. Truman Museum and Library

Applications are now available for the summer internships at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library in Independence, Mo.

The University will place two summer interns at the Truman Library. All juniors and seniors meeting University guidelines for internships are eligible and can earn between five and 10 credit hours. Interns must be self-starters with strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong organizational skills, basic computer skills and the ability to work independently on multiple tasks.

After being selected by a University committee and the Truman Library staff, interns can work in a variety of areas at the Museum and Library, including but not limited to: archives, public relations, marketing, educational programming, Museum development or visitor services.

Assignment it based on the interns’ abilities and interests, as well as the Library’s needs. This is an eight-week, 40-hour-a-week internship.

For an application for the internship, contact Jeff Gall, Department of History, at 785.7747 or

The Truman Library internship is unpaid, but offers a five-hour (in-state) tuition scholarship, which is made possible by a generous endowment set up by the family of Fred and Ethel Schwengel.

Born on an Iowa farm in 1906, Fred Schwengel came to Truman (then Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College) on a scholarship. He made the most of his education after graduating in 1930, teaching high school history for several years in Kirksville and Shelbina, Mo. He later returned to his native Iowa to pursue business in the Davenport area. In 1944, he entered public service and spent 10 years in the Iowa House of Representatives. In 1954, Schwengel was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served for 16 years. His love of history led him to found the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, for which he served as president for 30 years. He passed away in 1993.

C. Ethel (Cassity) Schwengel graduated from the University in 1932. She shared her husband’s love of history, and together they donated an extensive collection of books, artifacts and memorabilia devoted to Abraham Lincoln to the University. They also created and funded an annual Lincoln Contest that challenges students to use art, oratory and essay writing to rediscover the ideals of the nation’s 16th president.

The Schwengel guidelines require selected interns “immerse themselves in the study of President Truman.” At the conclusion of the internship, the intern will prepare a paper on his or her experiences at the Museum and Library and on a specific study of the Truman presidency. The internship schedule will provide time for research for the project.

Since 2000, the first year the University offered the Truman Library internship, 13 students have participated in the program.

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