The internship with the Gettysburg National Military Park is a great opportunity for someone willing to do research on the battle. The intern is responsible for researching the Soldier's National Cemetery and give walks to the general public in groups of sixty or more people. One must choose a theme on which to present, such as, "The Last Full Measure of Devotion: The Sacrifice Made by the Soldiers." I researched in the National Park library for several days before being able to present to the public. I gave two walks per day to large and small groups taking roughly forty to forty-five minutes and was able to answer any questions posed by the visitors.
Half of my time was spent at the Visitor Center of the National Park, providing information to people about the battle, the battlefield, monuments, and directions to places in town, on the battlefield, or elsewhere in the region. In the Visitor Center, one can meet many different kinds of people from all over the world. A good knowledge of the battlefield helps when giving out information and maps about the battle.
When weather became too inclement to give tours of the cemetery, I worked in the library preparing information for a website related to the "Wall of Faces" which is a collection of five hundred photographs of men who were killed, wounded, or captured at the Battle of Gettysburg which is to be located in the new Visitor Center, opening in 2008.
Working at the Military Park, I met several prominent Civil War historians working for the Park Service, such as D. Scott Hartwig, John Heiser, and Gregory Coco. It is an amazing opportunity to become a part of the history of the battlefield yourself.