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War Institute

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Gettysburg, PA 17325
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Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program

Application Deadline for Summer 2017: October 17

The Civil War Institute’s Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program offers Gettysburg College students a special opportunity to do paid work on the frontlines of history, giving public tours of iconic historic sites, gaining hands-on experience with original artifacts, leading children’s programs, and conducting independent historical research.

Selected students will receive a $1,500 stipend from the CWI and free on-site housing at their respective parks/museums. Applicants need not be history majors or specialists in the Civil War era, although good communication skills, substantial interest in the past, and a desire to share that interest with others are essential. The program is open to all matriculated Gettysburg College students, regardless of class year (graduating seniors included).

Pohanka workshop 2015Established in 2011 thanks to the generosity of the John J. Pohanka Family Foundation, the Pohanka Internship Program supports long-term partnerships between Gettysburg College and a wide range of the nation’s most high-profile Civil War sites. Interns participate in a rigorous interview process, and those selected for participation in the program receive free housing and a stipend to cover their living expenses. 

Positions for Summer 2017 are available at:


Applications are due by 4:00 pm on OCTOBER 17, 2016 and must include a completed application form, a cover letter, and a resume. Completed applications may be emailed to or dropped off at the Civil War Institute office (233 N. Washington Street). Applicants should carefully consult the position description packet BEFORE completing the application form. Questions about the application and/or interview process? Need advice on preparing your application or prepping for the interviews? Contact Dr. Titus at, or check out the Center for Career Development's helpful Resources Page.

Pohanka Interns come away from their summer experiences with a greatly expanded awareness of the career options available to students with academic training in history and increased commitment to engaging public audiences in meaningful dialogue about the past.  Former interns have pursued graduate work at Oxford University, the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, West Virginia University, University of Massachusetts, UNC Greensboro, and Indiana University, among others. Many are now working in history museums, national parks, publishing, education, libraries and archives.


During the summer of 2016, Gettysburg College students held Pohanka positions up and down the East Coast. Throughout their time in the field, many reflected on their experiences “doing history in public” on the pages of CWI’s blog, The Gettysburg Compiler. Click on a student’s name to read about his/her individual experiences, or click here to read the introduction to the series:


Brian Pohanka was a graduate of Sidwell Friends School and Dickinson College, where he majored in history.  His passion for 19th and 20th-century military history and Civil War reenacting was legendary, and he was widely recognized as a leading authority on the Battle of Little Bighorn. The internship program, which makes it possible for students to spend their summers at sites that played a huge role in Pohanka’s life, cultivating conversations with public audiences, is a fitting tribute to his legacy.

Brian Pohanka
Brian C. Pohanka (1955-2005)

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