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Monticello Internship FAQ

Please review the information below to see many common questions and answers about our internship program.  If you still cannot find the answer you are looking for please email with any questions.

Am I eligible to apply for an internship?

All applicants must complete a minimum of one year of undergraduate studies before starting an internship though some positions require two years (see internship descriptions for requirements).  Preference for internships will be given to undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled in a college or university or have recently earned a degree.

How do I apply?

Please provide the following items:

  • A completed internship application (on our website)  
  • Respsonses to both short answer topics (see application)
  • Two references or letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional)
  • An unofficial copy of your transcript
  • A one-page resume

All documents can be emailed to, faxed to 434.984.4846, or mailed to:

Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Attn: Intern Program
PO Box 316
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Application materials may arrive separately, but all materials must be received by February 17, 2017.  Please note: applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  If you need a response by a specific date please mention this in the body of your email when submitting your internship materials.  We will make every effort to provide early notifications whenever possible, but we require a minimum of 2 weeks to review your application. 


Do I get paid?

Most part-time (15-20 hrs/wk) internships are unpaid, but full-time (40 hrs/wk) internships are paid an hourly wage.  If you would like to receive academic credit for your internship please inquire with your university to see if this can be arranged.  We will make accommodations for this whenever possible.


When do they start/end?

Typically internships will run from mid/late May to the beginning of August.  All unpaid internships will involve roughly 15-20 hrs/wk, and there is some flexibility with scheduling including start and end dates.  Detailed schedules will be determined on an individual basis once the final candidates have been identified. 


Can I apply for more than one internship?

Yes; please list all the departments in which you are interested. 


Do you need an official transcript?

No; for the initial application you can send an unofficial copy of your transcript.  You will be notified if we require anything else.

Can I send my recommendations via email?

Yes; but be sure to include contact information for all references you provide. 


I would like to be involved at Monticello, but I don’t have the time to commit to an internship.  What can I do?

There are volunteer opportunities for those who are able to commit to working at the Foundation a minimum of 8 hrs per month.  Please email if you would like to pursue this option.



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