Ripley Internship Fund
John Ripley was a Topeka businessman well known not only for the prosperous laundry business, but also for his interest in and knowledge of local history. Named in his honor, the John Ripley Internship is a full-time position (40 hours per week) for eight weeks during the summer. Interns will receive a $2,500 stipend.
Undergraduate and graduate students who meet at least one of the following requirements are eligible:
- The student is enrolled at Washburn University
- The student graduated from a high school in Shawnee County, Kansas
- The student is a resident of Shawnee County, Kansas
Students must be majoring in history, anthropology, communications, marketing, graphic design, American studies, museum studies, folk arts, or a related program.
Immediate family members of the staff of the Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Foundation are not eligible for this program.
How to apply
Students must submit these materials:
- Ripley internship application form (PDF)
- Explain how the internship fits into the student's career plan
- Current resume
- Current university transcript (copies are acceptable)
- Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a professional in the student's field
Application materials should be addressed to:
Kansas Historical Society
6425 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka KS 66615-1099
Completed application materials must be received by April 15. All candidates will be notified in writing whether they have or have not received an internship.