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International Order of The King’s Daughters and Sons
34 Vincent Ave, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY 14722

Learn & Discern Internship Program


 History/Archive Summer Internship

Goal: Develop a document management system for records including policy for which record are to be destroyed and which to be archived

  • Begin inventory and development of electronic archive file
  • Refresh museum/archive displays creating self-guided tour of artifacts
  • Convert Past International President’s IOKDS history PowerPoint presentation into website video.
  • Write one IOKDS magazine article regarding museum/history.
  • Participate in one collaborative online fund-raising project with other interns.

Internship Program and Place

The International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons ( is an all-denominational, Christian service organization whose mission includes spiritual and career discernment and development of young adults at the Chautauqua Institution since 1920.

The Chautauqua Institution (, NY, is a festival for the mind, body, and spirit where we listen, learn, and lead.  Over 100,000 people make up this summer community of curious minds and open hearts.  David McCullough, renowned historian author, describes Chautauqua saying, “There is no place like it. It is at once a summer encampment and a small town, a college campus, an arts colony, a music festival, a religious retreat and the village square.”

IOKDS and Chautauqua believe deeply in the value of life-long learning and holistic development of individuals.

Internship Opportunity

 Live in the culturally rich environment of the Chautauqua Institution with many “off-hours” opportunities to engage in recreation, entertainment, the arts, and religion. It’s a “workation!”

If you are interested in making a difference in the nonprofit world, this internship will offer you a sense of inter-generational community like no other.  If you are a team player, this internship provides you opportunities to collaborate with volunteers and other interns.  If you have diverse interests and can see yourself jumping in to learn and discern, this internship is for you.  Check out our IOKDS Learn & Discern YouTube video IOKDS Chautauqu

Who are we looking for?

  • Tech savvy individual curious and persevering in uncovering historical information
  • Undergraduate having completed a minimum of one upper level course in their career field such as history, archival studies, communication
  • Excellent writing skills.

Details of the role

  • 180 hours total beginning June 14, 2021.
  • 30 hours/week. Flexibility of daily schedule.
  • June 14 – June 18 Virtual Orientation (Zoom Conferencing)
  • Unpaid; however, Chautauqua Institution gate pass for admission to most events, housing, and food allowance are provided (a $3800 value). Upon completion of internship, opportunity to apply for a $1000 scholarship award.

Educational/Career Benefits

  • Informal access to network with business professionals, executives, and clergy on the Chautauqua Institution grounds
  • Opportunity to gain academic credit from your college/university with weekly, mentored career development seminars provided by IOKDS.
  • Additional educational components include: 1) Attend three morning lectures given at the Chautauqua Institution’s national platform and two afternoon lectures given by the Chautauqua Institution archivist. Write a reflection of the lecture; 2) Interview with Chautauqua Institution professional archivist with prepared questions; written summary of interview; 3) Develop and present a PowerPoint about your internship accomplishments for a group of IOKDS supervisors and officers.

It’s best to apply today!  (No later than May 1, 2021)

  • Submit cover email telling us what you have to offer and what you hope to gain along with your resume.
  • If completing internship for academic credit, send a goals and objectives statement, so we can make sure this opportunity aligns with your requirements.