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The Department of History, Civil War Era Studies, and the Civil War Institute have arranged for representatives from several Civil War National Parks (Appomattox, Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania,Petersburg, Richmond and Andersonville) and representatives from the Civil War Trust, Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Stratford Hall (located in Stratford, VA) to come to campus, where they will interview Gettysburg students for summer 2013 internship positions. You do not have to be a history major, let alone a specialist in the Civil War, to apply for one of these jobs.
The positions at the National Parks relate to the field of interpretation, which simply means that you will give historical programs and provide general guidance to the public so that they will have fulfilling exploration into the Civil War past. See below for sample descriptions of some of the positions. Please note that every National Park provides free housing and some form of limited compensation.
Stratford Hall offers several positions in archival research and collection management.
All institutions are well respected in the fields of public history and historic preservation, and these opportunities, while hardly lucrative, can set you up nicely for your professional career.
If you are interested in spending the summer as an intern at a National Park, and the other historical sites, you need to do the following before October 15:
1) Send a resume and cover letter to Diane Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org; be sure to list the most reliable way to contact you (via email, cell phone, etc.).
2) Please note in your email if you are applying for the National Park Service internships and the positions at the other historical locations or if you are just applying to one (remember that all the NPS parks are wrapped up into a single interview session).
3) You should also identify three 30-minute slots in your email for scheduling your interview. You can choose between the following times: 9:00-12:30 and 1:30-5:30.
Someone will get back to you with your assigned time and the location of the interview. If necessary, some evening interview slots will be email@example.com.