Civil War Era Studies Student Opportunities

Civil War Institute Fellows Program

The Fellows program provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in a shared intellectual experience centered around the American Civil War and take advantage of the unique resources provided by Gettysburg’s distinctive historical location. CWI Fellows expand their knowledge of the long Civil War era through facilitated discussion, experiential learning opportunities on the battlefield and in local museums, and, at times, participation in digital and video projects. Students who desire to pursue historical research with members of the CWI staff and hone their skills as an historian, interpreter, researcher, and writer will be provided ample opportunities to do so. Students in this paid fellowship program devote approximately five hours per week to their fellowship responsibilities.

Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program

The Civil War Institute’s Pohanka Program provides 10-week stipendiary summer internships at some of the nation’s best-known Civil War sites. Students selected to participate in the program work at well-known National Parks and private museums, giving public tours, assisting with curatorial and archival work, cultural resource management, and exhibition development, leading children’s programs, and conducting independent historical research. Participants receive a $1,500 stipend from CWI and free on-site housing at their respective sites. The Pohanka program is open to all matriculated Gettysburg College students regardless of major, although first-year, sophomore, and junior students receive priority in the selection process.