Not many people can say that they had a chance to chat it up with General Robert E. Lee, interact with members of the media from around the world, and stand on some of the most hallowed grounds in America, all in one ten-day period. Eliza Hunt ’15, an English major with a writing concentration, did all of that and more this summer during a media relations internship with the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).
Now that the anniversary is over, and many visitors and media organizations have left town, we caught up with Hunt to learn more about her experiences during the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Reflections on a summer 2013 media relations internship with the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau
by Eliza Hunt ’15
When most people think of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, images of a bloody battle, dead soldiers strewn across the battlefield, and veterans donned in blue and gray shaking hands at the 50th anniversary likely come to mind.
For me, mention of the 150th makes me excited and anxious – my nerves riling all over again. My heart thumps, my mind races. The Gettysburg 150th was more than just a historical commemoration for me. It was a life-changing experience that offered an unmatched internship opportunity that taught me more than I could have ever imagined.
Fate smiled down on me this year when I found a marketing internship that interested me – working with the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, the agency that markets Gettysburg as a tourist destination.