The Lanterman House Launches a Virtual Internship Program for Local High School Students

The Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation is inviting local high school students seeking summer internship opportunities to apply for its first-ever Virtual History Internship Program. This program, which will be conducted remotely, is a six-week internship for students in grades nine through 12 interested in local history and preserving their family’s stories.

Interns will create oral history interviews, which will be permanently archived in the Lanterman House Archives. They will be trained in research methods, interview techniques, how to process and preserve the interview, and legal and ethical guidelines. Interns will attend four Zoom meetings to receive training and feedback. They will use free recording apps on their cellphones to record the interviews.

“This internship is designed to develop students’ research and writing skills and give them experience working with a professional history organization,” said Laura Verlaque, executive director of the Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation. “We designed the program to provide opportunities for our local high school students who may not be able to volunteer or work in person this summer.”

“The Lanterman House has a terrific collection of oral history interviews already,” added Julie Yamashita, Lanterman House archivist. “Now, for the first time, we are recruiting and training our local youth to conduct and process these interviews. Their work will greatly enhance and continue our 40-year tradition of collecting.”

The mentors of the Virtual History Internship Program will be Laura Verlaque, executive director of the Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation; Julie Yamashita, Lanterman House archivist; and Mary Lou Langedyke, president of the Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation board and retired La Cañada High School history teacher.

Students who attend a local high school or who live in the Crescenta-Cañada Valley are eligible to apply. They must fill out a short application and submit a recommendation. Application and recommendation forms can be found on the Lanterman House website at

Applications are due on June 7 and the program begins on June 16.

About the Lanterman House
The Lanterman House is a bungalow-style historic house museum in La Cañada Flintridge, California. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The House was commissioned by Dr. Roy Lanterman in 1915 and was built by A.L. Haley, who was a prominent builder of both residences and commercial buildings in the Los Angeles area.
The Lanterman House also features a historical archive of the Crescenta-Cañada Valley. The archive is available for research by the public. For more information, please visit or email