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Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program

Summer 2016 Pohanka Interns

Under the auspices of the CWI’s Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program, 23 Gettysburg College students will spend Summer 2016 on the frontlines of history.  Selected students will offer walking tours and interpretive programs at some of the nation’s best-known Civil War sites, gain hands-on experience in collections management and archival work, lead education programs, and work on multimedia projects.

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. 

The following students have been selected as 2016 Pohanka Interns:

  • Catherine Lusher '17, Adams County Historical Society
  • Andrew Astley ‘16, Andersonville National Historic Site
  • Sam Kauker ‘16, Antietam National Battlefield
  • Kaylyn Sawyer ’17 and Jonathan Tracey ‘19, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
  • Amelia Benstead '16 and Erica Paul '18, Boston African American National Historic Site
  • Jonathan Danchik ’17, Jeffrey Martin ’18, and Emily Timberlake ‘19, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park  
  • Amanda Pollock ’18 and Savannah Rose ‘17, Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Annika Jensen ’18 and Marisa Shultz ’17, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
  • Ashley Lookenhouse ’17, Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
  • Ryan Bilger ’19 and Kevin Lavery ‘16, Manassas National Battlefield Park
  • Christopher Sniezek ’17, Monocacy National Battlefield
  • Luke Frigon ’18 and Bailey Harper ‘19, Petersburg National Battlefield
  • Jeffrey Lauck ‘18, Richmond National Battlefield Park
  • Julia Sippel ’18, Seminary Ridge Museum
  • Matthew LaRoche ‘17, Special Collections & Archives, Musselman Library

Alex Andrioli '18Pohanka 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.

Born in 1955, 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 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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