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Summer Research Internship at the Jackson Center

Posted on January 8, 2017 | Filed under Archive

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The Robert H. Jackson Center offers internships for college students as a major part of its educational mission. Internships are not limited to Law & Policy students or students planning to go to law school; all students currently enrolled at Allegheny College may apply. An interest in research and writing is the most important qualification for the internship.
Interns will work directly with the staff of the Robert H. Jackson Center as they determine their project. Each project will allow the intern to experience the legal profession through the life and career of Robert H. Jackson, a major figure in the history of the United States. Areas of work are subject to discussion and will reflect the skills and interests of the intern and the needs of the Jackson Center. Some possibilities include the following:

* Working with the Jackson Center webmaster to expand the information offered on the Jackson Center’s website related to the life and accomplishments of Robert H. Jackson.
* Researching local newspaper files and Chautauqua County Court records.
* Developing time lines and or scripts based on the Jackson Center’s archived cablecasts and videotapes of interviews and speeches. This will be directly related to the long-term goal of producing educational materials and programs related to:
– Jackson’s 20 years as a country lawyer in Chautauqua County
– Jackson’s years with the Roosevelt administration, first as solicitor general, then as attorney general of the United States
– Cases in which Jackson wrote opinions during his years as associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court
– Prosecution of the Nuremberg War Trials, which Jackson served as chief prosecutor
– Working with the Jackson Center archivist to review and document the Center’s extensive documents and video collection.
Summer interns work between Memorial Day and Labor Day for up to 12 weeks on a flexible schedule that will be determined between the intern and the intern coordinator. The intern coordinator serves as a “coach” and there are regular opportunities to meet with administrative and staff members on a range of issues and topics pertaining to the intern’s assignments and interests.

Allegheny College has an agreement with Jamestown Community College to provide housing for the duration of the internship at the Jackson Center. For roughly $100/week (though there is the possibility that those costs can be defrayed), interns have access to a small apartment with kitchen and bath on the JCC campus, complete with full access to the amenities of the community college. The residence halls are approximately a five-minute drive from the Jackson Center. Once you have been notified of your acceptance, you will need to reserve a space in the JCC residence halls. To do so, please contact Kristin Black in the Office of Career Education in Allegheny College’s Gateway (

Application can be made by e-mailing a personal statement and resume by February 14, 2017 to:
Brian M. Harward,
Robert G. Seddig Chair in Law and Policy; and Director, Center for Political Participation

In your personal statement, please reflect on 1) how this internship opportunity will serve your academic or career goals, 2) how this experience builds upon your previous experiences and academic program of study, 3) in what ways you think you might be useful to the Jackson Center (including what kinds of projects you would like to pursue), and 4) whether you will require housing at Jamestown Community College (this will not have an effect on your candidacy). Please keep the personal statement to one to two double-spaced pages and include email and phone contact information as well as the names, titles, and email addresses of two on-campus references whom we may contact.