The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, in addition to managing the Lincoln Prize and the Shaara Prize, hosts visiting teachers and students, sponsors conferences, lectures, concerts, movie premiers, and other educational programs on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Additionally the CWI is a co-sponsor of Dedication Day.

The Civil War Institute is directed by a member of the History faculty at Gettysburg College.  Gettysburg students have the opportunity to attend its campus programs and summer institutes, to work with the CWI's staff in its programming, and to attend its various off-campus functions.