The Civil War Institute's Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program offers Gettysburg College students a special opportunity to 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 their own independent research.
Selected students will receive a $1,500.00 stipend from the CWI and free on-site housing at their respective parks. Applicants do not need to 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 first-year students, sophomores, and juniors.
Established 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 are offered valuable opportunities for self-reflection, networking, and resume building.
Positions for summer 2014 are available at the following historic sites:
Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org for full position descriptions for each of the available internships prior to submitting an application, and to attend the upcoming Internships in History workshop. Co-sponsored by the Civil War Institute and the History Department, this workshop will focus on preparing a cover letter and resume, and will include a panel of veteran Pohanka interns offering insight on the application/interview process and the breadth of experiences available under the Pohanka umbrella. The workshop will be held on Monday, September 30 at 7:00 pm in Science Center 151.
Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and the name & contact information of a Gettysburg College faculty member willing to serve as a reference no later than OCTOBER 15, 2013. On-campus interviews will take place November 5 & 6 at the Civil War Institute office. Please send your completed application to email@example.com.
In the summer of 2013, seventeen Gettysburg College students held Pohanka Internships:
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 are now pursuing graduate work at West Virginia University, Eastern Illinois University, American University, Indiana University, and University of Louisville, and several have been offered seasonal positions at various National Park Service sites.
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 C. Pohanka (1955-2005)