Introducing Friends of the Institute

As a tribute to Senator Kennedy's 47-year career, gifts of $47 and up recognize you as a Friend of the Institute.

About the Institute

Edward M. Kennedy Institute Education & Visitor Experience Internship

Senator Kennedy believed that each person possesses the power to effect positive change within his or her community. Through this internship program, the Institute aims to further the Senator’s legacy of service by developing a team of passionate and engaged interns to work directly with the Institute’s Education and Visitor Experience team.

While engaging collaboratively with fellow interns as well as with volunteers, part-time, and full-time staff interns will enhance the visitor experience and communicate the Institute’s mission: The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.

Intern responsibilities may include:

  • Greet visitors and orient them to the Institute
  • Act as exhibit interpreters, providing background information and historical detail as reflected in the Institute’s exhibits
  • Assist visitors as they interact with the Institute’s exhibits using state-of-the-art digital technology
  • Engage visitors in the Institute’s mission
  • Help to guide visiting groups - including middle and high school students, university students, government officials, families, tourist groups, and members of the general public - as they experience life as a “Senator-in-Training”
  • Support Institute special events and public programs
  • Complete tasks to ensure success of programs led by the Education and Visitor Experience team

In addition to meeting the responsibilities outlined above, interns will be required to identify specific educational objectives prior to their start date. These educational objectives are met through an individual project proposed by the intern and presented at the end of their internship. Prior to the conclusion of their internship period, interns will be asked to present a written or oral report showcasing their objectives and how these were addressed and/or achieved.

Interns are required to commit to at least two (4)-hour shifts, per week are - including one weekend shift - in addition to initial volunteer orientation and ongoing volunteer training/enrichment sessions.

Intern program dates generally correspond to the academic semester schedule in the fall and spring. Fall internship dates are late August to late December. Start and end dates may be arranged on an individual basis in accordance with an intern’s particular academic schedule provided said schedule corresponds with the timeframes outlined above.


  • Relevant experience in customer service, education, and/or history strongly preferred
  • Superior interpersonal skills, friendly, welcoming attitude
  • Flexibility performing various roles
  • Outgoing personality, with the ability to interact with a diverse group of visitors
  • Applicants Enthusiasm for/interest in:
    • Civic education and civic engagement;
    • History;
    • Political Science;
    • Government;
    • Public Policy;
    • Customer Service;
    • Public Speaking;
    • Museum Studies;
    • Digital Media Technology;
    • Theater; and/or
    • Honoring and furthering the legacy of Senator Edward M. Kennedy

How to Apply:

  • In response to the continuing coronavirus public health emergency, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is closed to the public until early September 2020 in order to protect the public and mitigate community spread of COVID-19. There will be no internships for Summer 2020. Any applications received will be held for consideration in the Fall.
  • Please send resume and cover letter to Indicate “Intern Application” in the subject line.
  • This is an unpaid position and is not eligible for benefits or unemployment compensation. Students are encouraged to complete the internship for course credit through their schools.