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Adams County Historical Society (Gettysburg, PA)

Position Title: Intern – Collections Assistant or Program Assistant

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: The Adams County Historical Society preserves millions of historic items (archival and three-dimensional artifact) from all eras of our community’s remarkable history. Collections Assistants will work with our Collections Manager to organize, re-house, index, and arrange new and existing acquisitions. Many of these collections contain fascinating, Gettysburg-related primary source material that has never been cataloged or digitized. Furthermore, ACHS is currently in the process of creating a new headquarters, which will include a roughly 5,000-square-foot exhibit space. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in artifact selection and preparation for the galleries.

Programs Assistants will work with our Historian to research, write, and edit short media clips, articles, and other communications pieces that help promote the fascinating story of Gettysburg and Adams County. You might find yourself filming video from a historic rooftop or cupola, or deep in the cellar of a home where local citizens hid during the battle of Gettysburg. We strive to present unique perspectives on local and nationally-significant events like the Battle of Gettysburg and Abraham Lincoln’s visit in November, 1863.

The internship will begin on May 23rd and end on August 12th, 2022.

Skills desired:

  • Hardworking and independent
  • A strong interest in history, especially civilian perspectives and the Civil War era.
  • Good communication skills and willingness to present and interpret history

Class year preferred: No preference

Transportation: A car is not necessary, but please keep in mind that our headquarters is at 368 Springs Avenue, roughly 1 mile from Gettysburg College.

Park/Organization setting: Small staff of 5 (2 full-time, 3 part-time). We are located in an old Victorian house. There are window-unit air conditioners, but temperature can fluctuate during the summer months. We are building a new headquarters that will be completed by 2023. For more, see www.achs-pa.org/campaign.

Housing accommodations: Gettysburg College housing

Compensation: Free housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend

Number of available positions: 3

Andersonville National Historic Site (Andersonville, GA)

Position Title: Intern - Visitor Greeter and Guide

Division/Department: Interpretation and Education

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: Andersonville National Historic Site includes the site of the Civil War era Camp Sumter military prison (commonly known as Andersonville), the Andersonville National Cemetery, and the National Prisoner of War Museum. The purpose of the park is to preserve the resources and stories that illustrate the experiences of American prisoners of war throughout history and to educate the public about the deadliest ground of the Civil War.

The Intern will work in the Division of Interpretation and Education and will be supervised by the Lead Park Ranger. The daily operations of the division are focused on visitor orientation tasks in the park's National Prisoner of War Museum. This includes staffing the Information Desk, presenting formal interpretive programs (talks, tours, etc.), and roving contacts throughout the park. There may be additional opportunities to be exposed to a variety of park operations and to gain experience in other fields, such as assisting with special projects and events or developing interpretive media.

On a typical day an intern will do a variety of tasks centered around the National POW Museum. The work day is 9:00-5:30. Interns will have two days off each week, but will be expected to work weekends and holidays. Starting and ending dates are negotiable, but a mid-May start in order to participate in Memorial Day events is highly desirable. The selected intern will complete a volunteer agreement with the park. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to develop and present guided tours and/or talks on topics of their choosing that supports one or more of the themes identified by the park. For those interested, there may be opportunities to work in the living history program. Park staff will work with the intern to concentrate on specific topics or interests. Additional opportunities exist in the area of developing digital interpretive products, such as short films.

Skills desired:

  • Public speaking and communication skills
  • Ability to write strong program outlines, essays, and social media text
  • Friendly and professional demeanor
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and/or lead outdoor walks
  • Experience with retail sales
  • Willingness and ability to present emotionally difficult and/or contentious historical content
  • Willingness and ability to connect a Civil War story to multiple time periods

Class year preferred: No preference

Transportation: Andersonville is in rural southwest Georgia. The nearest communities with basic services are ten miles away. A car is REQUIRED. No public transportation exists.

Park/Organization setting: Rural. Andersonville is a small park with a small staff (less than 20). Americus, Georgia is the nearest community with a broad range of services. The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is located 22 miles away in Plains, Georgia. The communities of Albany, Columbus, and Macon are all approximately an hour’s drive away; the Atlanta area is a two and a half hour drive. The Interstate 75 corridor is thirty minutes away from the park.Summers are very hot and humid.

Housing accommodations: A studio apartment style Guest Cottage is available for housing, located inside the park. Includes full kitchen, washer/dryer, and TV/ DVD player. Wifi is not available.

Compensation: Free housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend

Number of available positions: 1-2

Antietam National Battlefield (Sharpsburg, MD)

Position title: Intern

Division/Department: Resource Education and Visitor Services

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: Intern will be assigned to the RE & VS Division at Antietam National Battlefield under the direct supervision of the Division Chief, Park Ranger Keith Snyder. Duties will include working at the park visitor center assisting visitors; performing roving/informal interpretation at various sites on the battlefield; presenting at a minimum 30-minute battlefield orientation programs and one specialized interpretive program the subject of which will be negotiated based on interest and skills of applicant. Intern will also be assisting the park with special events. Other potential opportunities, based on the skill set of the applicant, include working with other divisions within the park, web and social media outreach, research and writing. Intern will be required to work weekends on a normal day shift. There is potential for standing for long periods of time and working outdoors during periods of heat and humidity. Intern will be required to wear a volunteer shirt and hat provided by the park. Intern will be required to return to the park on September 17 to assist with anniversary programming. Note: The duties outlined above are contingent upon normal operations. The COVID-19 pandemic may dramatically change operations and the viability or nature of this internship.

Skills desired:

  • Ability to effectively and politely interact with National Park visitors
  • Good communication & public speaking skills
  • Ability (with training) to research, organize and present interpretive programs

Transportation: A personal vehicle will be necessary.

Class year preferred: Current sophomore, junior, or senior

Park/Organization setting: Antietam National Battlefield is located in a rural setting with a staff of approximately 35 employees (all divisions). Shepherdstown, West Virginia is located 5 miles to the west, Hagerstown, Maryland is 10 miles north and Frederick, Maryland is 20 miles southeast. All of these communities offer shopping, restaurants and entertainment. The closest hospital is located in Hagerstown.

Housing accommodations: Intern will be provided a private bedroom in a house owned by the park. Living areas (kitchen, dining, and living room) are shared with three other members of the house. Laundry facilities are located on site. Internet access is not available in park housing, but is available in other park buildings.

Compensation: Free shared housing and Pohanka stipend

Number of available positions: 1

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park (Appomattox, VA)

Position Title: Intern - Volunteer Park Guide (front-line interpreter)

Division/Department: Division of Education and Visitor Services

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: Acts as park greeter, storyteller, and guide to visitors from across the world. Shares key park resources like the McLean House, the freed Robinson family home, and the village’s first building, the Clover Hill Tavern to visitors through informal interpretive conversations. What was the significance of General U. S. Grant accepting General R. E. Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia? What did the promise of freedom mean to the enslaved people as close as McLean’s back yard and as far away as Texas? Interns research, write, and deliver 35-minute formal programs about the surrender and its legacy, and they present hands on parole pass printing demonstrations. Interns also staff the park’s Visitor Center information desk and produce content for the park’s social media platforms. Note: All dates and duties are contingent upon normal operations. The COVID-19 pandemic may dramatically change operations and the viability or nature of this internship.

The internship will begin on May 22 and end on August 7, 2022.

Skills desired:

  • Friendly and engaging personality
  • A genuine interest in history, specifically the Civil War (military & civilian), early Reconstruction, and the legacy/memory of the war.
  • Good public speaking skills and/or the desire to improve them

Transportation: A car is highly recommended but not necessary. The housing is about 1/3 of a mile from the work stations and interns can walk to work. However, a car or shared rides will be necessary to get groceries or run other errands in town about 3 miles away.

Class year preferred: No preference

Park/Organization setting: Rural setting, small staff. Groceries, gas, Walmart, and some restaurants are available three miles away in Appomattox. Shopping, movies, minor league baseball, hospital, most medical facilities, and entertainment are 25 miles away in Lynchburg

Housing accommodations: Interns at Appomattox live in a modern 5-bedroom home, with private bedrooms and bathrooms shared with only one other person. The house has a community kitchen, living room, dining area, and laundry facility. Limited TV reception is available (DVD’s and Netflix, etc. are recommended). Limited internet connection may be available in the house. It is also available at park offices, and numerous locations around the town of Appomattox offer Wi-Fi.

Compensation: Free shared housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend. Appomattox interns will likely also receive a $12/day stipend for each day worked. Students will be required to set up an electronic transfer at the beginning of the internship and will be paid electronically.

Number of available positions: 1-2

Boston African American NHS (Boston, MA)

Position title: Intern - Park Guide with the Social Justice Team

Division/Department: Interpretation

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: In 2022 the intern(s) will conduct primary and secondary source research on subjects relating to the lives and legacies of the free black community in Boston to create and enhance new and existing interpretive resources. When working with the Interpretation team, the intern will be working both in and outdoors, sometimes in warm weather, working with staff and visitors along the Black Heritage Trail and at Faneuil Hall.

Skills desired: The ideal candidate will have strong grades and an interest in African American history or public history, storytelling, research, and/or public speaking. The intern will need to be familiar with Microsoft Office, enjoy writing, and be detail oriented.

Ideally, the park would like the intern to work from approximately June 6 through August 13, 2022. This corresponds with the busy summer tourist season and seasonal staff development sessions.

Transportation: A vehicle is not required.

Class year preferred: No preference.

Park/Organization setting: The largest African American community in Boston during the decades before the Civil War was on the northern slope of Beacon Hill, in the shadow of the Massachusetts State House. Although some black Bostonians lived in the North End and the West End north of Cambridge Street, over half the city’s 2,000 blacks lived on Beacon Hill just below the homes of wealthy whites. The historic buildings along today’s Black Heritage Trail were the homes, businesses, schools, and churches of a thriving black community that organized, from the nation’s earliest years, to sustain those who faced local discrimination and national slavery, struggling toward the equality and freedom promised in America’s document of national liberty.

Today, the Social Justice Team is comprised of staff from Boston African American National Historic Site and Boston National Historical Park. This team is responsible for visitor services and interpretive programming at Faneuil Hall and the African Meeting House and along the Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail.

Housing accommodations: Boston African American National Historic Site has housing available in the Marine Barracks, which is similar to a dormitory-style studio apartment with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Laundry facilities are located on-site. The housing is within a historic neighborhood with stores and mass transit easily accessible.

Compensation: Free shared housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend.

Number of available positions: 1-2

Virtual option: Should the COVID-19 pandemic continue to pose a significant public health risk by May 2022, the park is prepared to shift to a remote, virtual format for the 2022 Pohanka Internship. In a virtual format, the intern will complete a thorough exploration of Civil War memory in Boston, through the lens of Boston’s Civil War monuments and the African American community that resided on the north slope of Beacon Hill. The intern will be expected to author an article for the park’s website on their findings, compose one social media post for the park, and present their findings internally to park staff.

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park (Fort Oglethorpe, GA)

Position title: Intern – Interpretation, Education, and Visitor Services

Division/Department: Division of Interpretation and Resource Education

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: The interpretive intern’s primary duties and responsibilities are directly related to personal services, which includes staffing information desks at the park’s two visitor centers and researching, preparing, and presenting original formal interpretive programs and tours for the visiting public.

The purpose of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is to preserve, protect and interpret for the benefit of the public the nationally significant history, stories, and resources associated with the Civil War campaign for Chattanooga including the battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga; and the 12,000 years of American Indian presence on the Moccasin Bend Peninsula.

The park has two visitor centers, Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, located in Fort Oglethorpe, GA, and Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center, located in Lookout Mountain, TN. Duties while assigned to these visitor centers include greeting visitors, basic orientation to the park and the surrounding area, answering questions, both historic and non-historic, engaging visitors in meaningful dialogue associated with the Civil War and other historic eras of the park, and answering research questions associated with the Battle of Chickamauga and the Battles for Chattanooga, including knowledge and use of the park’s library and vertical files to answer specific questions relating to a certain unit’s participation and location during the various battles.

Programming at Chickamauga Battlefield and at Lookout Mountain Battlefield differ due to accessibility and visitor center placement. When assigned to Chickamauga Battlefield, interns will be expected to conduct 90-minute car caravan tours of the battle, where visitors follow the interpreter to various sites (route chosen by the interpreter) to learn more about the Civil War’s second deadliest battle. While working at Lookout Mountain Battlefield, interns will be expected conduct 30-45 minute walking tours inside Point Park (stops chosen by the interpreter) to orient visitors about the strategic siege and battles fought to control Chattanooga, the “Gateway to the Confederacy.”

Note: All dates and duties are contingent upon normal operations. The COVID-19 pandemic may dramatically change operations and the viability or nature of this internship.

The internship will begin on May 15 and end on August 13, 2022.

Skills desired: Interpreters should have a working knowledge of the causes and context of the Civil War era. Selected interns will be expected to do some advanced reading about their assignments prior to beginning their internships. Interpersonal skills, good communication, and public speaking abilities are important to being successful in this position.

Transportation: Possession of a vehicle for use over the summer is required .

Class year preferred: Students who have completed their sophomore year are preferred, but all qualified candidates will be considered for this position.

Park/Organization setting: The Division of Interpretation and Resource Education has 7 permanent employees. The park is busy during the summer season and averages about 350 visitors per visitor center, daily. Interns will be expected to split their time between working inside the visitor centers and outside in the park. Fort Oglethorpe, GA, where housing is located, is 9 miles south of Chattanooga, TN. The national military park, established August 19, 1890, as the very first of its kind, preserves and protects over 9,000 acres of land in 4 counties and 2 states, making it the largest national military park in the United States.

Housing accommodations: Free shared housing (co-ed) is available within the park, located in Chickamauga Battlefield. The house has 2 bedrooms, a shared living space, a shared bathroom, and a shared kitchen. The house also has a laundry room. There is no dishwasher. DirecTV is included and a DVD player.

Compensation: Free shared housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend

Number of available positions: 2

Eisenhower National Historic Site (Gettysburg, PA)

Position title: Intern - Interpretation, Education and Visitor Services

Division/Department: Interpretation and Education

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: A typical internship in the Division of Interpretation at Eisenhower National Historic Site includes conducting house tours and front-line operations, developing and presenting interpretive programming to the general public, and assisting on education, social media, and research projects.

  • Interns at Eisenhower NHS assist staff in conducting daily operations of the site, including, but not limited to, conducting tours of the Eisenhower home, providing visitor services at the site reception center, and informal pop up programs throughout the day for park visitors. House tours can include providing a short orientation tour to visitors arriving on site via shuttle bus and staffing the living room of the Eisenhower home to provide formal and informal interpretation. Working the reception center includes answering visitor questions, providing park brochures and assisting with the park Junior Ranger program.
  • Interns are also sometimes assigned short interpretive programs to present on the Eisenhowers, their Gettysburg farm, and events involving the Eisenhower story in and around Gettysburg. These programs are done in close consultation with permanent park staff.
  • Interns are also assigned various projects, including, but not limited to, assisting with the park social media presence, filming and editing virtual programming for the park, assisting in the preparation of park educational programs and materials, and conducting research for new park programs and exhibits. Past examples include filming short videos for the park Facebook page, conducting research on WWII soldiers buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery, and putting together a list of important Eisenhower related dates to use as a calendar for posting on social media.

Training: Eisenhower NHS Interns are provided training on park policies and procedures, as well as training on interpretation and how to conduct daily park operations. Interns also traditionally participate in portions of the Gettysburg National Military Park seasonal training course, which takes place for two weeks immediately after Memorial Day.

The typical internship season runs from late May through mid to late August, and interns should plan on working as much of that season as possible. The typical intern work day is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m, but start and end times can vary depending on park events and programs. Interns will also have two consecutive days off each week, though will be expected to work weekends and holidays. Also, throughout the summer we provide additional opportunities to learn about other park service careers in museum curation, preservation, public information and more.

Note: The duties outlined above are contingent upon normal operations. The COVID-19 pandemic may dramatically change operations and the viability or nature of this internship. A virtual option may be possible.

Skills desired: Eisenhower National Historic Site interns must be comfortable speaking publicly to large and diverse groups. The ability to conduct research using secondary and primary source material is also a valued skill. A friendly, engaging, and professional demeanor are also required. Additionally, experience in effectively working with families and children (or a willingness to learn how to do so) will be necessary. Finally, since interns live and work together during a very hectic summer, the ability to work and communicate as a team is necessary.

Transportation: A vehicle is strongly recommended. Most intern housing is not within walking distance of the Eisenhower National Historic Site and a vehicle will be necessary to travel to and from the park, as well as to nearby shopping facilities.

Class year preferred: Students who have just completed at least their Sophomore year are preferred, but all qualified candidates will be fully considered.

Park/Organization setting: The Eisenhower National Historic Site preserves, protects, and interprets the home and farm of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. Acquired in 1950, the Eisenhower farm became a getaway retreat for the Eisenhowers while they were president and first lady, and it served as their primary retirement home in the 1960s. Our interpretive themes and topics include the American Presidency, the Cold War, American and World history in the 1950s and 1960s, World War I and World War II, as well as a variety of other topics related to political, military, and cultural history.

The Eisenhower NHS has a small staff of 6 permanent employees covering interpretation, education, and curatorial operations. Additionally we typically have 2-3 seasonal interpretive park rangers, as well as other interns to assist in daily operations and interpretive programming. Eisenhower shares law enforcement, cultural and natural resource, maintenance, and administration staff with Gettysburg National Military Park.

Interns typically spend their days at the Eisenhower National Historic Site, though opportunities for off-site research and programming may present themselves.

Housing accommodations: Free shared housing is available within the park; most bedrooms are shared and wifi is available but limited. There are laundry facilities onsite. Pohanka interns will likely share housing with other Eisenhower interns or other Pohanka interns from Gettysburg National Military Park.

Compensation: Free shared housing and the $1,500 Pohanka stipend.

Number of available positions: 1

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine/Hampton National Historic Site (Baltimore, MD)

Position Title: Intern- Visitor Services

Division/Department: Interpretation and Visitor Services

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: Fort McHenry NM & HS is a 43-acre park situated at the end of the peninsula at the entrance to the Baltimore Harbor. The park includes the historic star fort structure that dates to shortly after the American Revolution. In 1814 it was the site of the British bombardment during the War of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Fort McHenry was an active fort through the First World War, operating as a prison in the Civil War and a general Hospital in World War I. The site is the only National Park Service unit with the designation of being a Historic Shrine, and has a yearly visitation of roughly 700,000 visitors a year.

Hampton National Historic Site is a 62-acre park located in Towson, Maryland. The park features an impressive mansion in Hampton Hall, that was at one time considered to be the largest private residence in the United States, as well as other historic structures including farm support buildings, icehouse, slave quarters, greenhouses, etc. Hampton’s grounds also feature a stunning landscape with historic trees and decorative gardens. The site was one of the largest slave plantations in Maryland until emancipation in 1864, with the grounds operating as an industrial and agricultural landscape from 1772 - 1948. Hampton provides a unique challenge of interpreting social, political, industrial, and agricultural history of the United States over the course of nearly 200 years. The park also boasts an impressive museum collection with over 43,000 original artifacts and the site is the only NPS unit designated for “outstanding architectural merit” and has a visitation of roughly 36,000 visitors a year.

On a typical day, an intern will perform a variety of tasks centered around either Fort McHenry or Hampton. The workday is 8:15 - 5:15. Interns will have two days off each week but will be expected to work weekends and holidays. Starting and ending dates are negotiable but will likely be mid-May to early August. The intern will work in the Division of Interpretation and Visitor Services with tasks focused on public programing, informal contacts throughout the park, daily park operations, and enhancing visitor experience. Interns may have the opportunity to assist in researching and developing multi-media products such as social media outreach and website development.

Skills desired:

  • Public speaking and communication skills
  • Ability to research and write essays and social media text
  • Friendly and professional demeanor
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and/or lead outdoor walks
  • Willingness and ability to present emotionally difficult and/or contentious historical content
  • Willingness and ability to learn multiple time periods to connect park resources and stories to a diverse audience
  • Willingness and ability to handle busy daily operations with a high volume of visitation
  • Willingness and ability to work with a diverse group of individuals as a team to achieve common goals

Class year preferred: No Preference

Transportation: Fort McHenry is in an urban setting at the edge of Baltimore just off the I-95 highway. Many amenities, basic services, and entertainment are close by. Housing exists onsite at Fort McHenry within easy walking distance of the Fort McHenry duty station. Hampton NHS is north of Baltimore in Towson, Maryland, roughly 20 miles away from park housing at Fort McHenry. For this reason, having a reliable form of transportation is REQUIRED.

Park/Organization setting: Urban. Fort McHenry is located in the Locust Point neighborhood of Baltimore City. There is a variety of forms of public transportation available around the city and the park is just minutes away from downtown locations such as Federal Hill, the Inner Harbor, stadiums, etc. Hampton NHS is located in Towson, MD, a suburb of Baltimore City just off the 695 Baltimore Beltway. Summers tend to be hot and humid.

Housing accommodations: A room in Mission 66 era style housing is available. Housing boasts a kitchen stocked with basic pots, pans, dishes, and utensils, a living room, washer and dryer, and multiple bedrooms (intern may have roommates). Wifi is not available.

Compensation: Free housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend

Number of available positions: 1

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park (Fredericksburg, VA)

Position title: Intern – Historical Interpreter Intern

Division/Department: Interpretive Branch

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: The Historical Interpreter’s duties and responsibilities are directly related to the personal services provided to park visitors. While most people identify the word "interpreter" with someone who translates from one language to another, the historical interpreter does something similar by explaining rather complex historical events in a manner which can be easily understood by the general public.

Historical Interpreters provide visitor services at the park’s two visitor centers, two historic structures, and two exhibit shelters on four battlefields. Duties of the position include greeting visitors, providing orientation of park and area points of interest, answering questions, recommending park programs that you think would be of interest to that visitor, engaging visitors in conversations about the park story, as well as answering research questions about the Civil War (including visitors seeking to find where ancestors fought in our area battles).

Interns engage visitors in conversations about all aspects of the Civil War—its origins, its evolution over four years of war, the human experience of war, and its legacy in American culture.

The Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center assignment includes staffing the visitor center and the grounds around the visitor center – including the Sunken Road, National Cemetery, and Innis House. The battle came just three weeks before Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Its political implications—derived largely from the one-side nature of Union defeat—were large.

An assignment at the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center includes staffing the visitor center and providing orientation in the area around the visitor center. The Confederate victory at Chancellorsville highlights just how complex the war had become by 1863—a war whose course was shaped not only by the outcome of battles, but by the practices and policies of armies campaigning in the field, guided by civil authorities in Washington and Richmond.

Chatham is a colonial-era plantation that serves as a metaphor for the Southern experience—built by the labor of enslaved people, abused and ravaged during the war—with its owners displaced—and then going through a difficult postwar transformation that fundamentally altered the landscape and function of the site. Chatham gained fame during the war itself when the Union army used it as a headquarters and a hospital, while artillery crowned the heights around it, while Union engineers bridged the river below Chatham. In addition to performing informal interpretation in the building, interns offer guided tours inside as well.

The "Stonewall" Jackson Death Site is the restored building in which the Confederate General died from complications after his accidental wounding at Chancellorsville. Interpreters conduct tours of the building to visitors with wide interest levels, and visitors frequently appreciate the unique opportunity to discuss the Civil War one on one with a historian. This site often prompts conversations about the war, its memory, its legacy—and the role of a historic site devoted to a prominent Confederate in the ongoing discussion of war and the memory of the Confederacy.

The Wilderness Exhibit Shelter and Spotsylvania Exhibit Shelter are small pavilion-like buildings. At the Wilderness, interns conduct tours at the scene of the opening engagement of the battle, where the two great leaders produced by the respective sides – Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant – fought each other for the first time. At Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield, interns conduct tours over the scene of the most intense hand-to-hand combat of the war at the appropriately named Bloody Angle.

The intern will work roughly 11-12 weeks, generally from the week before Memorial Day through the first week of August.

Skills desired: Historical Interpreters should have a working knowledge of the Civil War era. Interns who are selected will be expected to do some advance reading about their assignments prior to the start of the internship. Historical Interpreters should enjoy meeting with the public and talking with people from all over the country. The ability to demonstrate people-oriented skills is important to being successful at this internship. Public speaking experience is desirable.

Interns will participate in 2 weeks of seasonal training at the beginning of their internship.

Transportation: Possession of a vehicle for use over the summer is required. While some duty stations are within walking distances of park quarters, a vehicle will be needed to get to other duty stations. The internship experience is greatly enhanced by the intern being able to work at different locations and only interns who will have access to a vehicle will be considered.

Class year preferred: No preference.

Park/Organization setting: The Fredericksburg area is an urban area and a bedroom community for Washington, DC, 50 miles to the north. The city of Fredericksburg has a population of 25,000 and adjacent Spotsylvania County has a population of 125,000. Interstate 95 passes through our area, and development follows along that corridor in central Virginia. Shopping centers, restaurants and grocery stores are plentiful. Many National Park and other visitor attractions are daytrips from the park and many interns with common days off visit nearby battlefields, Washington attractions, colonial sites and Shenandoah National Park. The park is a medium-sized National Park. The park holds more than 7,000 acres and if we possessed all of the acreage within our park boundary, it would be the largest military preserve in the world. With four major battlefields, our park arguably has the most complex Civil War story in the National Park Service The park has seven permanent park historians and we typically have about ten interns on the summer staff.

Housing accommodations: This park has several buildings available for housing, used predominantly to house the summer staff ranging from 3 to 5 bedrooms each.

Quarters residents must create a cleaning plan and carry out a cleaning assignment for the summer. The housing provides no frills and is very basic. It has no cable or satellite TV. All buildings have a laundry room with a washer and drier. The bedroom doors all have locks for your security. Interns will need to bring all bedding -- sheets, blankets, pillow and pillow case – as well as towels and washcloths. The kitchen has a lot of small appliances, cookware, cooking utensils, plates, cups, knives, forks and spoons. If relying on the community cookware, interns may have to wait for a housemate to finish using and cleaning something before you can prepare your meal, so we advise bringing along some essential cookware of your own.

Compensation: Free shared housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend

Number of available positions: 3

Gettysburg National Military Park (Gettysburg, PA) — Position 1

Position title: Intern - Interpretation, Education and Visitor Services

Division/Department: Division of Interpretation and Education

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: A typical internship in the Division of Interpretation at Gettysburg NMP consists of three things: visitor services, program development and presentation, and working with children and families.

  • Interns at Gettysburg National Military Park help staff the information desk at our visitor center, and rove throughout the park and the museum. This offers experience in meeting and greeting the public, and providing information/orientation to the park and general area.
  • Interns are also responsible for researching, preparing, and presenting interpretive programs. First programs are almost always tours of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Second and sometimes third programs are chosen and prepared as the summer progresses, in cooperation with supervisor, among the over 20 programs offered each day. There are first-person interpretation opportunities if interested.
  • Interns also assist with the daily “Join the Army” children’s program, coordinate and present the daily hands-on history cart program, and work with families and children throughout much of the battle anniversary and other special events. Working with families and children develops important and necessary skills for anyone looking for an NPS career.

Training: Two weeks of required training is provided, and includes all three areas (above); this training begins immediately after Memorial Day. The summer season runs through mid-August, and interns should plan on working as much of that season as possible. The typical workday for an Intern is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but can sometimes be 9:00-6:00. Interns will also have two consecutive days off each week, though will be expected to work weekends and holidays. Also, throughout the summer we provide additional opportunities for behind-the-scenes opportunities and to learn about other park service careers in museology, preservation, public information and more; the culmination of this training is a session on USAJobs application procedures.

Note: The duties outlined above are contingent upon normal operations. The COVID-19 pandemic may dramatically change operations and the viability or nature of this internship. A virtual option may be possible.

Skills desired: Gettysburg National Military Park interns must be comfortable speaking publicly to large and diverse groups. The ability to conduct research using secondary and primary source material is also a valued skill. A friendly, engaging, and professional demeanor are also required. Additionally, experience in effectively working with families and children (or a willingness to learn how to do so) will be necessary. Finally, since interns live and work together during a very hectic summer, the ability to work and communicate as a team is necessary.

Transportation: A vehicle is strongly recommended. Most intern housing is not within walking distance of the museum and visitor center and a vehicle will be necessary to travel throughout the park for programs, roves, special events etc., as well as to nearby shopping facilities.

Class year preferred: Students who have just completed their junior year are preferred, but all qualified candidates will be fully considered.

Park/Organization setting: The division of interpretation is comprised of 13 permanent employees, as well as 10 seasonal rangers during the summer months. Gettysburg National Military Park is a very busy place during the summer season, with thousands of visitors per day. Interns will split their time between the visitor center and the outdoors. There are a total of 5 interpretation interns at Gettysburg, and 2 research interns. Additionally there are five interpretation interns at Eisenhower National Historic Site, and additional resource management, maintenance, and law enforcement interns and seasonal staff that the Pohanka intern may also live and work alongside.

Housing accommodations: Free shared housing is available within the park; most bedrooms are shared and wifi is available but limited. There are laundry facilities onsite.

Compensation: Free shared housing and the $1,500 Pohanka stipend.

Number of available positions: 1

Gettysburg National Military Park (Gettysburg, PA) — Position 2

Position Title: Archaeological Intern

Division/Department: Division of Resource Management

Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historical Site seeks a motivated and interested candidate to assist the park archeologist in the excavation and identification of archeological sites within the park. The intern will also assist in the care and curation of archeological collections and in the development and presentation of archeological findings through public programs and written reports. The successful candidate will develop practical skills and abilities in planning and conducting archeological research, including field methods, collections management, satellite mapping, archeological documentation, and archival research. The work will provide practical real world experiences alongside practicing professionals.

Interested candidates should be aware that field work occurs outdoors in various environmental conditions and summer temperature extremes. Office work, including collections care and curation, and archival and documentary research will be sedentary in nature.

Skills needed:

  • Some coursework in Archaeology preferred
  • Must be able to bend, kneel, and lift at least 20 pounds
  • Must have a current driver’s license and be in good standing (i.e no suspended license) and have the ability to drive a four wheel drive pickup

Transportation: A personal vehicle is recommended. A vehicle will be necessary to travel to nearby shopping facilities.

Class year preferred: Students who have just completed their junior year are preferred, although all qualified candidates will be fully considered.

Park/Organization setting: Gettysburg National Military Park, though rural in nature, is within a short distance of hospitals, stores, accommodations, entertainment, and restaurants. The division is comprised of 6 permanent employees, as well as seasonal staff during the summer months. Gettysburg National Military Park is also a very busy place during the summer season, with thousands of visitors per day.

Housing accommodations: Free shared housing may be available within the park. All park intern houses have wifi, and all but one have laundry facilities onsite. Most bedrooms are shared. If housing is not available within the park, the intern will be provided a room on the college campus.

Compensation: Free shared housing (either park housing or on the college campus) and the $1,500 Pohanka stipend.

Number of available positions: 1

Gettysburg National Military Park (Gettysburg, PA) — Position 3

Position Title: Visual Information Specialist - Assistant

Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historical Site seeks an intern to assist the park’s Communications Specialist with a multitude of video, photography, social media, and web projects throughout both Gettysburg NMP and Eisenhower NHS. The selected intern will work with the Communications Specialist to manage the park’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and cover park program and events in order to convey these to a worldwide audience. Work will take place at the park Visitor Center and throughout the entirety of both parks.

Skills needed:

  • Ability to use Adobe Creative Suite CC
  • Photography and video experience
  • Familiarity with and proper usage of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently with all staff at both parks

It is highly recommended that interested students establish and build out a portfolio website such as Wordpress, Wix, etc. in order to showcase previous projects. Please direct questions to Jason Martz (Jason_Martz@nps.gov; 717-338-4423).

Transportation: A personal vehicle is recommended. A vehicle will be necessary to travel to nearby shopping facilities.

Class year preferred: Students who have just completed their junior year are preferred, although all qualified candidates will be fully considered.

Park/Organization setting: Gettysburg National Military Park, though rural in nature, is within a short distance of hospitals, stores, accommodations, entertainment, and restaurants. Gettysburg National Military Park is also a very busy place during the summer season, with thousands of visitors per day.

Housing accommodations: Free shared housing may be available within the park. All park intern houses have wifi, and all but one have laundry facilities onsite. Most bedrooms are shared. If housing is not available within the park, the intern will be provided a room on the college campus.

Compensation: Free shared housing (either park housing or on the college campus) and the $1,500 Pohanka stipend.

Number of available positions: 1

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (Harpers Ferry, WV)

Position Title: Education Intern

Division/Department: Division of Interpretation, Education & Partnerships

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: This internship is in the Education Branch with the Division of Interpretation, Education & Partnerships. Primary duties are to:

  • Prepare, develop and deliver education programs that interpret the park's significant historical stories to students K – 12th grade;
  • Utilize current methods, learning theories, and national education standards and curriculum guidelines in program delivery and conduct research to ensure accurate and relevant programming;
  • Develop and present education activities, programs, and hikes for summer family and youth programming and Jr. Ranger club
  • Greet youth groups who visit the park and assist with on-site logistical arrangements;
  • Maintain education materials and prop collection.
  • Wear living history clothing and participate in 19th century lifeways for immersive interpretation.

Skills desired:

  • Public Speaking ability
  • Knowledge of the Civil War era and civil rights history
  • Good research and writing skills
  • Curriculum Development (experience and/or interest)
  • Experience working with youth
  • Living History (experience and/or interest)

The internship will begin in mid-May and end by early August. Interns will train together as a class.

Transportation: You will be living in the park, so a car is NOT required to travel to and from the duty station and intern housing. However, grocery and other stores are located about 7 miles away in Charles Town, WV. Many interns do fine without a car using the county bus system or carpooling with other interns. You will also be within walking distance to the MARC train to Washington, DC.

Class year preferred: No preference

Park/Organization setting: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in the states of West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia. The park consists of approximately 4,000 acres with 65 park structures. The park staff comprises approx. 90 permanent employees and numerous interns and seasonal employees each summer.

Harpers Ferry has several small restaurants and specialty shops. Charles Town, WV, located 7 miles away, contains grocery and department stores, gas stations, restaurants, a gym, and a hospital. Martinsburg, WV and Frederick, MD are larger cities that can be reached within a 30 minute drive.

Housing accommodations: Park housing is located in several restored historic buildings in the Lower Town area of the park. Men and women live in separate units, and you will share a room with another intern. Each furnished unit contains a shared bathroom, living room, kitchen with appliances and cookware, and washer and dryer. You will need to bring bedding and towels.

Compensation: Free shared housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend.

Number of available positions: 2

Land Conservancy of Adams County (Gettysburg, PA)

Position Title: Intern

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: The Land Conservancy of Adams County (LCAC) is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve the rural lands and character of Adams County. To date, LCAC has preserved over 12,000 acres through 175 permanent conservation easements on privately owned farms, forests, and other open spaces throughout the county. Please see PreserveAdams.org to learn more about the Land Conservancy.

Through this internship the student will learn about the work of land trusts in preserving the working landscape around us, as well as how a small non-profit pursues its mission. The internship will include documenting the resources present on current conservation projects, assisting staff with monitoring visits to preserved properties, and enhancing our records where insufficiencies exist.

Although most of our projects focus on natural or agricultural resource protection, many of the places we protect have historic significance relating to some aspect of Adams County’s rich history, including not only events associated with the Battle of Gettysburg, but also our unique agricultural landscapes and the vernacular structures that harken back to the lives and economies of the first Europeans who settled here. The intern will research and document these histories to supplement the records that we maintain on each property.

Primary duties of the internship will be:

  • investigate and document the historical importance of property: research ownership history using county deed records at the Adams County Courthouse and the the Adams County Historical Society, determine how the property’s size and use has changed over time using historical maps and aerial photography, document how it fits into the historic landscape
  • help conduct annual inspections of preserved properties to confirm that owners are adhering to the terms of the conservation easements
  • help identify properties in Adams County that are not preserved but that have historic significance warranting preservation

This is a 10-week internship from May 31 - August 5. The typical hours of the LCAC office are Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm with a 1-hour lunch break (37.5 hours worked per week). The exact schedule of the intern’s hours are flexible.

The intern’s daily direction will be provided as needed by Sarah Kipp, LCAC Conservation Coordinator, with assistance from LCAC board president Dave Salisbury (Gettysburg College Class 1985).

Skills and interests desired:

  • Research skills (primary and secondary sources)
  • Self-directed and has attention to detail
  • Interest in local history and conservation
  • Ability to research and create a product or a project with minimal supervision
  • Must enjoy walking/hiking and being outside, even in the heat. Property inspections in the summer months are typically hot, buggy, muggy, and muddy!

Transportation: Vehicle not required.

Class year preferred: No preference.

Organization setting: The Land Conservancy office is located in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Center on Old Harrisburg Road across from HACC in Gettysburg - a short walk from the college. The intern may be provided with a cubicle workspace in the office suite, but should bring their own computer. Research and writing tasks may be done remotely as needed.

Housing accommodations: Gettysburg College Summer Housing

Compensation: Free housing and $1500 Pohanka stipend

Number of available positions: 1

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site (Richmond, VA)

Position title: Interpretation Intern

Division/Department: Interpretation

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities:

  • Opening and closing structures
  • Greeting and orienting park visitors
  • Write occasional blog entries or Facebook posts to foster interest in the site
  • Interpretation of Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras in Richmond
  • Cash Register sales
  • Developing and presenting formal interpretive talks and guided tours
  • Assisting with the annual Maggie Walker Birthday celebration (an event dating back to the 1920s)
  • Interns will also get exposure to all park operations by spending time with other divisions:
  • Curator
  • Historian
  • Administration
  • Maintenance
  • Resource Management
  • Law Enforcement

Skills desired:

  • Interest in Civil Rights History
  • Communication and public speaking skills
  • Problem solving ability
  • Customer service skills
  • Narrative/Presentation skills

Transportation: Selected intern must provide his/her own car.

Class year preferred: None

Park/Organization setting: Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site is located in downtown Richmond. As the capital city of Virginia, Richmond has many cultural and historic attractions. Park Housing is located about 10 miles from the work station. Gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants are within a few miles of the park housing.

Housing accommodations: Interns share bedrooms in a house in a remote area of the park, closed to the public. The house has a full kitchen with cookware and utensils, refrigerator, microwave, stove, as well as laundry, TV/DVD, and wireless internet. Interns will need to bring towels, sheets, and pillows.

Compensation:Free shared housing and Pohanka stipend.

Number of available positions: 1

Manassas National Battlefield Park (Manassas, VA)

Position Title: Interpretation Intern

Division/Department: Division of Interpretation and Education

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: This internship is in the Division of Interpretation and Education and will be supervised by the Division Chief. Duties include operating the information desk of the park Visitor Center, orienting visitors to the park, and providing them with information for touring the battlefield. Interns will research, develop, and conduct a 45-minute interpretive walking tour of Henry Hill, covering the most significant action of the First Battle of Manassas. This program is offered multiple times each day during the summer, and each staff member or intern assigned to the Visitor Center should anticipate offering this tour at least twice during the workday.

Intern may also be assigned to staff the Brawner Farm Interpretive Center to orient visitors to the Second Manassas battlefield. Interns assigned to work at Brawner Farm will research, develop, and conduct a 45-minute interpretive walking tour of Brawner Farm, giving visitors an overview of the events leading to the Second Battle of Manassas and providing details on the opening action of the battle. This program is offered several times each day during the summer, and each staff member or intern assigned to work at Brawner Farm should expect to give this tour at least twice during the workday.

Interns will also operate the historic Stone House, the park’s best preserved landmark, which is opened on a seasonal basis. Staff and interns assigned to work at the Stone House provide informal interpretation to visitors on the history of the structure and its role during the two Manassas battles. Interns may also have the opportunity to develop and present additional interpretive programs, depending upon their interest, knowledge and understanding of the park story and interpretive themes.

Duties may also include answering visitor questions about the park, its history, and its resources; researching and drafting responses to visitor inquiries; developing content for the park’s website and social media sites, such as the park’s Facebook page; assisting with museum housekeeping duties; assisting with the annual visitor use survey; recording visitation attendance for buildings and programs; and operating audio-visual equipment in the Visitor Center. Interested interns may also assist with special events, including the opportunity to work with other staff and volunteers in the living history program to portray soldiers during historic weapons demonstrations. With COVID-19 causing changes to the way interpretation has traditionally been done at the park, the chosen intern may participate in the creation of virtual materials that help further the mission of the battlefield.

The typical workday is from 8:30 – 5:00, with a half-hour lunch break. The hours are subject to change during the summer, with the potential for shift work to cover possible extended hours for evening programs. Interns will have two days off each week but should expect to work weekends and holidays. Days off may be subject to change, depending upon scheduling needs during the busy summer season. The internship will begin on May 16 and run for 11 weeks, ending around August 7. Interns should check in to park housing on Friday, May 13.

Transportation: Vehicle required (Park housing and grocery stores are not within reasonable walking distance).

Class year preferred: No preference.

Park/Organization setting: The Manassas National Battlefield park is situated approximately 25 miles west of Washington D.C. in the Piedmont region of Virginia in both Fairfax and Prince William Counties. The park encompasses over 5,000 acres of historic landscape upon which the battles of First and Second Manassas were fought during the American Civil War. The park contains numerous historic resources and structures including three wartime houses as well as nearly pristinely preserved historic landscape features of the 19th century piedmont farmsteads. The park has 25 permanent employees across all divisions and numerous seasonal employees and interns throughout the year.

The park is located approximately 5 miles north of the City of Manassas with numerous retail stores, grocery stores, gyms, hospitals, and restaurant locations within immediate proximity to the park. Because of the accelerated growth rate of the surrounding area, the preservation and protection of the park’s resources and values has become even more important to the NPS and the general public.

Housing accommodations: The park has three fully furnished housing units in the park that the intern may reside in. The housing units have all necessary amenities (including laundry) and meet the standards to be audibly and visually accessible. The park housing will be shared housing and placement will be determined by the needs of the park.

Compensation: Free Shared Housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend

Number of available positions: 1

Manassas National Battlefield Park (Manassas, VA)

Position Title: Cultural Resources Intern (Interdisciplinary)

Division/Department: Resources Management

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: This internship is in the division of Resources Management and will be supervised by the Cultural Resource Specialist. Duties include assisting the park cultural resource specialist with the following tasks: annual condition assessments and reports, section 106 compliance, archival research, CR planning, architectural conservation work, CR related contract and project management, and field studies/research (including ongoing HSRs, CLRs, and Archeology). Other duties may include conducting documentation of historic structures/resources and completing minor studies or reports for identified historic resources. Additionally, the intern may have duties including drafting cultural resource related social media posts, assisting with museum housekeeping duties, and performing housekeeping duties related to archives/records management.

The nature of work at Manassas National Battlefield Park requires an interdisciplinary approach to the management of the park’s cultural resources. As such, the intern will have the opportunity to work with specialists within the CRM field touching on all facets of the profession. This will include opportunities to work with regional/agency wide programs as well as contracted private sector services. The experience from an internship at the park will provide a primer to CRM work and the various sub-specialties within the field.

The typical workday is from 7:00 – 3:30, with a half-hour lunch break. The hours are subject to change during the summer, depending on the project work and associated timelines. The nature of the work will require a mix of time in the office and in the field. The intern should be prepared for full workdays in the field during the summer season, sometimes consecutive days. The internship will begin in mid-May and run for 11 weeks, ending around August 1.

Note: In the event of COVID restrictions during the summer of 2022, a virtual or telework opportunity may be possible especially if the candidate is proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, or Photoshop.

Skills and interests desired:

  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment in a collaborative and independent capacity
  • Attention to detail in all aspects of the duties and responsibilities
  • Interest in cultural resource management or associated fields (i.e. archeology, historic architecture, etc.)
  • Knowledge of 19th century Virginia history and the American Civil War
  • Interest in vernacular historic structures, cultural landscapes, or monuments
  • Oral and written communication skills (reports, social media, etc.)
  • Research (primary and secondary sources) skills in both remote and physical archives/locations
  • Proficiency with the Basic Microsoft Office Suite

Transportation: Vehicle required (Park housing and grocery stores are not within reasonable walking distance).

Class year preferred: No preference.

Park/Organization setting: The Manassas National Battlefield park is situated approximately 25 miles west of Washington D.C. in the Piedmont region of Virginia in both Fairfax and Prince William Counties. The park encompasses over 5,000 acres of historic landscape upon which the battles of First and Second Manassas were fought during the American Civil War. The park contains numerous historic resources and structures including three wartime houses as well as nearly pristinely preserved historic landscape features of the 19th century piedmont farmsteads. The park has 25 permanent employees across all divisions and numerous seasonal employees and interns throughout the year.

The park is located approximately 5 miles north of the City of Manassas with numerous retail stores, grocery stores, gyms, hospitals, and restaurant locations within immediate proximity to the park. Because of the accelerated growth rate of the surrounding area, the preservation and protection of the park’s resources and values has become even more important to the NPS and the general public.

Housing accommodations: The park has three fully furnished housing units in the park that the intern may reside in. The housing units have all necessary amenities (including laundry) and meet the standards to be audibly and visually accessible. The park housing will be shared housing and placement will be determined by the needs of the park.

Compensation: Free Shared Housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend

Number of available positions: 2

Monocacy National Battlefield (Frederick, MD)

Position Title: Intern - Park Ranger Interpreter/Public Historian

Division/Department: Resource Education and Visitor Services

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: The intern will research the development and placement of the Vermont Monument at Monocacy National Battlefield and 10th Vermont Infantry Regiment that fought at the battle. Using their research, the intern will develop interpretive products such as a public program, recorded program, content for the web page and social media, or a temporary exhibit. If the park visitor center has resumed normal operations, the intern may also work up to 3 days a week staffing the visitor center assisting visitors and providing battle orientation programs. The intern will be expected to work weekends and a full-day shift from 8:45 am to 5:15 pm. Exact schedule and amount of time devoted to research and program development may be shifted throughout the internship based on needs of intern, their school requirements and park. The intern will work for the RE & VS at Monocacy National Battlefield under the direct supervision of the Division Chief, Park Ranger Jana Friesen McCabe.

Monocacy NB has five monuments in the park: the 14th New Jersey, Pennsylvania, UDC, 10th Vermont, and the Maryland Monocacy Centennial Monument. The VT Monument was dedicated in 1915, it was the fourth monument built at Monocacy Junction. The VT Monument belongs to the State of Vermont, but is working with the NPS to transfer ownership. Research areas include related legislation, committee reports or correspondence, contemporary periodicals, the relationship to other VT monuments at other battlefields, and the dedication ceremony. Other areas for research are the Tenth Vermont Infantry, its veterans association, and the two recipients of the Medal of Honor for actions at Monocacy. How active was the association? Did it have regular reunions? Did they build other monuments? Were they active in charitable organizations like the orphans homes? What other battles were they in and how did Monocacy compare in terms of casualties?

Interpretive products could explore the NPS policy on monuments and the changing understanding of the value of monuments. What did the monuments mean to the people who built them? What do the monuments mean to us today? Why were Union groups the first to put up monuments here at Monocacy when this was a Union loss? Why didn't southern states put up monuments? This was the only Confederate win on northern soil, why didn't they want to commemorate it more?

Skills desired:

  • Ability to conduct research into archives and primary documents
  • Strong writing skills, ability to accept editing and suggestions
  • Video editing
  • Public speaking skills
  • Sense of humor

Class year preferred: Junior or Senior, but flexible

Transportation: A personal vehicle will be necessary.

Park/Organization setting: Monocacy National Battlefield is a pocket of farmland bounded by Urbana, Maryland, to the south and Frederick, Maryland, to the north.

Housing accommodations: Free park housing may be available; if not, the student will be housed on the Gettysburg College campus

Compensation: Free housing and $1500 Pohanka stipend

Number of positions: 1

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Position title: Intern – Museum Education and Interpretation

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: This opportunity at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will provide students a broad introduction to various aspects of small museum work, focusing particularly on the operational side of museum practice and programming.

The intern will work in the following areas for during their internship. The position can be tailored to fit what works best for each student:

    1. Programming – Intern will receive an introduction to education and interpretive theory and gain practical experience in creating and leading Museum and walking tours.
    2. Visitor Experience – Intern will shadow Guest Services staff in dealing with daily inquiries and issues with a focus on customer service. Intern will have the opportunity to interact directly with guests as they staff the front desk.
    3. Digital Interpretation – Intern will learn about and participate in the digital side of Museum through social media posts, live streams, and video planning, recording, and production.
    4. Original Research – Intern will have the chance to conduct original research to author and publish articles for the Museum blog or journal.

Skills desired:

  • Strong writing, researching, and public speaking skills
  • Exemplary customer service, public speaking, and conversational skills.
  • Interest in nonprofit museum work
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability and willingness to work outside
  • Familiarity with 19th century material culture, military decorum, and/or civilian life.

Class year preferred: No preference

Park/Organization setting: The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is located in the heart of downtown Frederick, MD. The Museum’s exhibits tell the story of Civil War medicine and how it continues to impact our lives today. By working to connect the past to the present through the story of Civil War medicine, we aim to show the importance of learning from our past.

Housing accommodations Gettysburg College housing

Transportation: Since no housing is available near the Museum a car is required to get to the Museum. There is a parking garage next to the Museum which the Museum can provide a parking pass for.

Compensation: Free housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend; a transportation stipend may be available for 2022.

Number of positions available: 1

Petersburg National Battlefield (Petersburg, VA)

Position title: Intern – Curatorial Assistant

Division/Department: Division of Resource Management

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: The Pohanka Intern will work closely with the Museum Curator, primarily out of the Resource Management office. Work days must coincide with the work schedule of the Museum Curator which will be a Sunday-Thursday schedule (the intern will have Memorial Day and Independence Day off). The intern should be able to exhibit an ability to work in a team environment as the office building contains the park’s archeologist, the curator, and the park’s natural resource specialist and any other interns and volunteers assisting the resource management team. Furthermore, this work often involves coordination most often with the Maintenance and Interpretation divisions at the park.

Duties of the position could include inventory of museum artifacts, cataloging or classifying objects, transcribing original documents, and digitizing museum records. The intern will assist in identifying items of particular security concern and with exhibit housekeeping duties. The intern should also expect to conduct some research as well as present information to the public using artifacts to tell stories of people and events at Petersburg. Although many prospective interns inquire about the feasibility of putting together an exhibit, the park rarely has the ability to implement new displays, so this is unlikely.

Skills desired:

  • Knowledge of and interest in the Civil War
  • Ability to work well with and around the public and other park employees/volunteers/interns
  • Interest in museum studies and/or curatorial and archival practice
  • Ability to engage with the public
  • Flexibility to adjust to changes in work schedule.

The intern will work roughly 11-12 weeks, generally from the week before Memorial Day through the first week of August.

Class year preferred: No preference

Transportation: Student is required to have his/her own car or other reliable means of transportation to and from work.

Battlefield/Organization setting: Petersburg National Battlefield was created in order to commemorate the campaign and siege and defense of Petersburg, Virginia, in 1864 and 1865. The park is spread out across 32 miles from the Grant’s Headquarters at City Point unit to Five Forks Battlefield. Petersburg, Virginia (a city of approximately 32,000) is 30 minutes south of Richmond, and 2 hours from Washington, DC, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Grocery stores, a shopping mall, and a movie theater are located within 1-3 miles of housing.

Housing accommodations: There are several buildings available for housing, used predominantly to house the summer seasonal staff and interns. At present, the park generally uses two non-historic buildings for housing which are located near park headquarters and the law enforcement office.

The housing provides no frills, and is very basic. It has no cable TV or satellite TV and no internet access; however, the house is already wired for it and the intern along with other staff in the house can make arrangements to have cable and/or internet access for the summer if they desire. Housing is co-ed and the intern can expect to have his/her own private bedroom and shared bathroom. All rooms are furnished. Housing has a washer and dryer. In all houses, the bedroom doors all have locks. Interns will need to bring all bedding -- sheets, blankets, pillow and pillow case – as well as towels and washcloths. The kitchen has a stove, refrigerator, small appliances, cookware, cooking utensils, plates, cups, knives, forks and spoons.

Compensation: Free shared housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend.

Number of available positions: 1

Reconstruction Era National Historical Park (Beaufort County, SC)

Position title: Education Intern

Division/Department: Division of Interpretation

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities:

Work with the park staff, as well as park partners such as the Penn Center, to assist with visitor center and interpretive operations. This includes assisting employees with staffing visitor centers, leading interpretive programs. There will be opportunities to assist in developing interpretive products such as writing web and social media entries, site bulletins, and temporary exhibits. The park will work with the selected intern to finalize exact starting and ending dates, but ideally, the intern would be on site by late May and stay through early August, 2022.

Skills desired:

  • Willingness to engage with members of the public on potentially challenging subjects
  • Basic knowledge about the process of Emancipation as a consequence of US Military victory during and after the Civil War.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team
  • Strong writing and speaking skills .

Class year referred: No preference

Transportation: A personal vehicle is required. Park sites are located scattered throughout Beaufort County, South Carolina, and there is very limited public transportation or ride share services available.

Park/Organization setting: Reconstruction Era National Historical Park is a fairly new unit of the NPS, just established in 2017. The park is comprised of three locations – A visitor center in downtown Beaufort, South Carolina, the campus of the Penn Center on St. Helena Island, and the site of Camp Saxton in Port Royal. The park works with a wide variety of community partners to interpret the story of Port Royal Experiment during the Civil War and at the dawn of Reconstruction. Park partners include Penn Center, the town of Port Royal, the US Navy, the congregation of Brick Baptist Church, the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, and a wide variety of other organizations or local institutions.

The park is located in and around Beaufort, South Carolina, on South Sea Carolina’s Sea Islands about halfway between Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. During the summer it is very hot, humid, and buggy.

Housing accommodations: At this time, housing has not yet been secured for staff and interns. However, the park is working with community partners to have something in place by Summer 2022.

Compensation: Free shared housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend

Number of available positions: 1

Richmond National Battlefield Park (Richmond, VA)

Position title: Intern - Interpreter

Division/Department: Interpretation

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities:

  • Greeting and orienting park visitors
  • Developing and presenting formal interpretive talks and guided tours at Cold Harbor battlefield
  • Developing and presenting formal interpretive programs at the Tredegar Visitor Center
  • Assisting with special events, including commemorative events for Cold Harbor and the 7 Days Battles
  • Interns will also get broad exposure to park operations by spending time with other divisions:
  • Curator
  • Historian
  • Administration
  • Maintenance
  • Resource Management
  • Law Enforcement

The summer is a total immersion into the art of interpretation and the operations of a National Park. We will take fieldtrips to other sites to learn about their operations, and have periodic discussions of park operations during the summer.

Skills desired:

  • Interest in Civil War History
  • Communication and public speaking skills
  • Problem solving ability
  • Customer service skills
  • Narrative/Presentation skills

Class year referred: No preference

Transportation: Selected intern must provide his/her own car

Park/Organization setting: Richmond National Battlefield Park includes 16 urban, rural, and suburban locations in and around Richmond. The intern will spend most of his/her time at the main visitor center at the site of the historic Tredegar Iron Works in downtown Richmond and at the Cold Harbor Battlefield, located in suburban Mechanicsville. Park housing is located about 10 miles from the two main work stations; gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants are available within a few miles of the intern’s residence. As Virginia’s capital, Richmond contains many cultural and historic attractions as well as a wide range of recreational opportunities.

Housing accommodations: Interns share bedrooms in a house located in a remote area of the park, closed to the public. The house has a full kitchen with cookware and utensils, refrigerator, microwave, stove, as well as laundry facilities, TV/DVD, and wireless internet. Interns will need to bring towels, sheets, and pillows.

Compensation: Free shared housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend

Number of available positions: 1

Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center

Position title: Intern – Museum Operations and Interpretation

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: This opportunity at Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center will provide students a broad introduction to various aspects of small museum work, focusing particularly on the operational side of museum practice and living history interpretation.

The intern will work in the following areas for approximately equal periods during his/her internship:

    1. Marketing and Events– Intern will gain an introductory understanding of the role of print and social media marketing and relationship-building in attracting visitors. Intern will assist Marketing staff in planning and promoting annual Legacy Weekend (September) and other special summer events.
    2. Programming – Intern will receive an introduction to education and interpretive theory and gain practical experience in delivering content in a living history format.
    3. Visitor Experience – Intern will shadow Visitor Services staff in dealing with daily inquiries and issues with a focus on customer service. Intern will have the opportunity to interact directly with guests as he/she builds their skills.
    4. Development – Intern will learn about the importance of donor relations, fundraising, and endowment in maintaining museum operations.

Skills desired:

  • Strong writing and public speaking skills
  • Exemplary customer service, public speaking, and conversational skills.
  • Interest in nonprofit museum work
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability and willingness to work outside
  • Familiarity with 19th century material culture, military decorum, and/or civilian life.

Class year preferred: No preference

Park/Organization setting: Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center is located on the campus of the United Lutheran Seminary—Gettysburg Campus. The museum opened in July 2013 with exhibits on the first day of the battle, the care of the wounded, and issues of faith and freedom in the 19th century. The museum is open to the public 7 days a week during spring, summer and fall.

Housing accommodations: Seminary campus housing

Compensation: Free housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend

Number of positions available: 1

Special Collections and College Archives, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College

Position title: Pohanka Intern – Special Collections and College Archives

Division/Department: Special Collections and College Archives, Musselman Library

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: The summer intern will be introduced to a variety of archival skills including processing collections, cataloging, transcription, and digitization. The intern will be trained in basic preservation/conservation and material handling techniques as well as archival theory and practice. They will create a finding aid and other research assistance tools. The intern will gain experience working with PastPerfect museum software, CONTENTdm image managing software, and MUSCAT Plus cataloging software.

In addition to supporting our public history mission by providing care and improved access to our primary sources, our intern will work with our Civil War Vertical File Manuscript Collection which consists of letters, diaries, orders, and other documents of the Civil War era. Tasks will include enhancing current descriptions, re-housing, digitization of selected material, and creating cataloging records in MUSCAT Plus. Opportunities to catalog regimental histories and learn about the conservation of Civil War era books are also possible. Intern will assist with open houses and tours of exhibits within the Special Collections Reading Room.

Intern will assist with the Civil War Institute Summer Conference and also welcome Gettysburg College Alumni, Gilder Lehrman participants, and other visitors to Special Collections. Care will be taken to connect the intern with projects that match their historical interests, whenever possible.

Skills desired:

  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • A friendly and professional demeanor
  • Interest in historical research
  • Attention to detail

Class year preferred: No preference

Musselman Library diversity and inclusion statement: Musselman Library is committed to creating, through our learning spaces, programs, services, collections, and policies, an environment that supports, values, and respects everyone in the Gettysburg College community. At Gettysburg, diversity includes but is not limited to age, country of origin, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, geography, learning differences, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic level.

Park/Organization setting: The Special Collections and College Archives department is located on the 4th floor of Musselman Library.

Special Collections and College Archives is home to the College’s collection of rare books, letters, diaries, College publications, photographs, historic maps, memorabilia, artifacts, oral histories, and media. The College Archives includes documents related to the history of the College. Significant portions of our manuscript, book, artifact, and vertical file collections are focused on the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. Special Collections and College Archives supports research on soldiers, townspeople and College students/faculty who witnessed the effects of the Civil War. Our collections promote an understanding of the Civil War Era and the commemoration of its memory.

Housing accommodations: Gettysburg College Summer Housing

Compensation: Free housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend

Number of positions available: 1

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail/ Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (Baltimore, MD)

Position Title: Intern- Visitor Services

Division/Department: Interpretation and Visitor Services

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is a 560-mile land and water route that tells the story of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region. The trail traces American and British troop movements, introduces visitors to communities affected by the war, and highlights the Chesapeake region’s distinctive landscapes and waterways. It connects historic sites in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia and commemorates the events leading up to the Battle for Baltimore, the aftermath of which inspired Francis Scott Key to write the U.S. national anthem. Congress established the Star-Spangled Banner Trail in 2008. The trail is one of 19 national historic trails administered by the National Park Service and one of 30 trails in the National Trails System. The headquarters for the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is at Fort McHenry NM&HS.

Fort McHenry NM & HS is a 43-acre park situated at the end of the peninsula at the entrance to the Baltimore Harbor. The park includes the historic star fort structure that dates to shortly after the American Revolution. In 1814 it was the site of the British bombardment during the War of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Fort McHenry was an active fort through the First World War, operating as a prison in the Civil War and a general Hospital in World War I. The site is the only National Park Service unit with the designation of being a Historic Shrine, and has a yearly visitation of roughly 700,000 visitors a year.

The intern will work in the Partnership Division for the Trail and will assist with Trail-related education programs at Fort McHenry and Star-Spangled Banner Trail locations around the Chesapeake region. This includes programs such as Trail-sponsored public sails on the PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II and youth paddle programs. Interns may have the opportunity to assist in researching and developing multi-media products such as social media outreach and website development. The workday is 8:15 am - 5:15pm. Interns will have two days off each week but will be expected to work weekends and holidays. Starting and ending dates are negotiable but will likely be mid-May to early August.

Skills desired:

  • Public speaking and communication skills
  • Ability to research and write essays and social media text
  • Friendly and professional demeanor
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and/or lead outdoor walks
  • Willingness and ability to present emotionally difficult and/or contentious historical content
  • Willingness and ability to learn about multiple partner sites to connect Trail interpretive themes and stories to diverse audiences
  • Willingness and ability to handle busy daily operations with a high volume of visitation
  • Willingness and ability to work with a diverse group of individuals as a team to achieve common goals

Class year preferred: No Preference

Transportation: Fort McHenry is in an urban setting at the edge of Baltimore just off the I-95 highway. Many amenities, basic services, and entertainment are close by. Housing exists onsite at Fort McHenry within easy walking distance of the Star-Spangled Banner Trail headquarters at the Fort McHenry Visitor Center. A reliable form of transportation is not required.

Park/Organization setting: Urban. Fort McHenry is located in the Locust Point neighborhood of Baltimore City. There is a variety of forms of public transportation available around the city and the park is just minutes away from downtown locations such as Federal Hill, the Inner Harbor, stadiums, etc. Summers tend to be hot and humid.

Housing accommodations: A room in Mission 66 era style housing is available. Housing boasts a kitchen stocked with basic pots, pans, dishes, and utensils, a living room, washer and dryer, and multiple bedrooms (intern may have roommates). Wifi is available.

Compensation: Free housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend

Number of available positions: 1

Stratford Hall: Home of the Lees of Virginia and Birthplace of Robert E. Lee (Stratford, VA)

Position title: Intern – Collections/Education/Research

Division/Department: Collections/Education/Research

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: Special projects relating to collections management and research, exhibit planning, and museum education will be available; specific duties will be arranged by mutual agreement between the site and the selected candidate.Previous Stratford Hall interns have worked on researching and re-housing objects in the museum collection, preparing and updating artifact records in the collections database, installing and updating exhibits, creating on-line exhibits for Stratford’s website, assisting with mobile and digital interpretation projects, helping to update interpretation to reflect current research and findings, scanning and organizing archival image collections, organizing archival maps and blueprints, compiling research on the Lee family from other institutions, and transcribing Lee documents and uploading them to the Lee Family Digital Archive website/database.

Depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual experience MAY be possible.

Skills desired:

  • Interest in material culture, archives management and research, and/or museum education
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work independently

Class year preferred: No preference

Transportation: Student is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to have his/her own car.

Park/Organization setting: Stratford is located in rural Westmoreland County on the beautiful Northern Neck of Virginia. Westmoreland County is a 45 minute drive from Fredericksburg, two hours from Washington, DC, and 90 minutes from Richmond. Stratford is set on 1,900 acres with 2.5 miles of Potomac River waterfront.

The National Historic Landmark Stratford Great House and related buildings were constructed beginning in 1738 and are among a handful of exceptionally intact survivals from colonial Virginia. In addition to the Great House, Stratford also features an operating reconstructed 18th century gristmill and extensive gardens. Stratford was the home of the Lee family, which includes two signers of the Declaration of Independence. It was also the home of Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee and birthplace of Robert E. Lee.

The landscape is primarily hardwood forests and pastures but also includes two gardens and extensive maintained grounds. Stratford also has a Dining Room which offers lunch daily.

Housing accommodations: The intern will be housed onsite in an air-conditioned guest facility with wifi, kitchen and laundry facilities available.

Compensation: Free shared housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend

Number of available positions: 1

Vicksburg National Military Park (Vicksburg, MS)

Position title: Intern - Interpretation

Division/Department: Interpretation, Education & Visitor Services

Schedule: The position schedule is 40-hour work weeks including weekends, and holiday. Intern reports to their scheduled duty station at 8:00 am till 5:00 pm. An hour lunch is included.

Job duties for intern: The intern is a vital asset of the interpretive division! Serving as a uniformed front-line interpreter, they will be responsible for staffing the visitor center desk, the U.S.S. Cairo Museum desk, and work alongside volunteers, fellow staff members and park partners to provide information and informal interpretation to the public.

Additionally, the intern will be responsible for a variety of traditional ranger programs including: interpretive talks, guided hikes, educational programs for school groups, and aiding in specially scheduled tours of the military park. There is a strong emphasis on incorporating audience-centered techniques into programs and ensuring that all programs meet the new standards set forth in the Foundations of 21st Century Interpretation. There is a renewed focus to reach new audiences, explore contemporary meanings of the military park and furthering our efforts to engage the local community as well as our robust visiting public. A federal background investigation is required for computer access.

Collateral duties may include cultural resources, archives, natural resources, living history, and social/physical media development. Park staff will work with the intern for training and to concentrate on specific topics or interests.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, interpretive programming and priorities have change to adjust to conditions. Depending on pandemic conditions, intern experiences may be adjusted to account for the pandemic conditions. Additional potential opportunities depending on conditions may include: digital media projects, research projects, culture resource projects, visitor services evaluation assistance, training opportunities, and park interpretive media development.

Desired skills:

  • Work with diverse teams to accomplish the park’s mission.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Public speaking and communication skills.
  • Ability to write strong program outlines, essays, and social media text.
  • Friendly and professional demeanor.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and/or lead outdoor walks.
  • Willingness and ability to present emotionally difficult and/or contentious historical content.
  • Willingness and ability to connect a Civil War story to multiple time periods.

Uniform: The National Park Service’s uniform policy (Reference Manual #43) is firm in professional attire and appearance. Interns will wear a VIP uniform that is required for this position which consists of: button down shirts, jacket and ball cap. The selected candidate will provide khaki slacks and comfortable dress shoes (no sneakers). Uniform sizes will be confirmed prior to the intern arriving to the duty station. Exceptions are taken into account on a case by case basis.

Transportation: Vicksburg National Military Park is in an urban environment with city, county, US Highway and park roads. A vehicle is required for this position. Government vehicles are for driving within the park boundary only.

Operation of government vehicle: The intern will use government vehicles for transportation inside the military park and a valid driver’s license is necessary. A government background investigation is required for this position for operating park vehicles.

Park/Organization setting: Vicksburg National Military Park protects close to 2,000 acres in and around the city of Vicksburg, MS, commemorating the story of the siege of Vicksburg from May 18-July 4, 1863. Both Union and Confederate governments saw the vital importance in Vicksburg and its location for controlling the Mississippi River. Victory here gave the Union army control of the Mississippi River throughout the rest of the Civil War. The Military Park includes 1,325 historic monuments and markers, making it one of the largest collections of outdoor art in the world. The Military Park also tells the story of the occupation and post-war period of Reconstruction in Vicksburg. This is a unique time in the history of the park as it is in the initial stages of an expansion to manage new sites to better protect and interpret the larger Vicksburg Campaign. Over half a million visitors visit the Military Park every year. For more information on Vicksburg NMP, visit their website.

The Military Park lies just to the east of the city of Vicksburg. Vicksburg is a vibrant community with over 46,000 people living in the city and surrounding area. The immediate area offers plenty of amenities including restaurants, grocery stores, doctors, hospital, daycare, and a robust housing market. The closest airport is located in Jackson, MS, approximately a 45 minute drive east of Vicksburg. New Orleans, Louisiana and Memphis, Tennessee are approximately 3 hours away, Dallas, Texas is 5 hours away, and Nashville, Tennessee is 6 hours away. More area information can be found on their website.

Housing accommodations: Seasonal park housing is available with the park and includes a personal bedroom, shared living room, dining room, bathroom and kitchen. Kitchen is stocked with plates, cups, silverware, coffee pot, dishwasher, and cabinet space for personal items. On-site washer and dryer included. WI-FI and cable ARE included! Intern provides linens, pillows, blankets for bed.

Compensation: Free housing and $1,500 Pohanka stipend .

Number of available positions: 1

Women’s Rights National Historical Park (Seneca Falls, NY)

Position Title: Intern

Division/Department: Interpretation and Education

Nature of work/Primary responsibilities: The National Park Service preserves and protects more than 400 natural and cultural resources in the United States and its territories. At Women’s Rights NHP we tell the stories of the First Women’s Rights Convention and the continued struggles for equality in many different forms.

The intern will develop an independent project designed to assist Women's Rights NHP staff to achieve their mission of interpreting park themes and resources. The scope of the project will be determined by park managers and the intern, and can be based on the particular skills, interests, and goals of the student. Park staff will assist the student in brainstorming and provide supervision and feedback throughout the summer.

The intern must be an independent worker and an out-the box thinker who is able to create innovative and “deliverable” products or projects. The goal is to create products or projects which will assist the park in reaching out to under-represented audiences, such as children, youth, families, men, and people of color. (Any work developed with the National Park Service is in the public domain and open to public use.)

Previous intern projects include the following examples:

  • A landscape restoration plan for the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House
  • Three short films posted on social media sites:

The topics of these films include LGBTQ marriage rights, African-American women in the suffrage movement, and interviews with students at the AnNur Islamic School.

  • Outreach programs with a local Boys and Girls Club to work with youth and under-represented audiences
  • The creation of an interactive children's exhibit in the museum of the park's Visitor Center
  • The creation of two interactive programs on digital frames for children and youth in two historic homes.

Potential intern projects or products for 2022 COULD include the following possibilities:

  • Create online exhibits, podcasts, or interpretive videos
  • Organize and coordinate off-site events with local organizations (such as a Boys and Girls Club) to reach out to youth and under-represented audiences
  • Create tactile exhibits and activities for children
  • Create educational videos to be shared via YouTube

Due to COVID-19 and housing constraints at the park, this position will be remote. Thus, the selected intern must possess excellent communication and time management skills, and be self-motivated and responsible.

Skills desired:

  • Ability to research and create a product or a project with minimal supervision
  • Ability to communicate well and provide weekly project updates to supervisor
  • Facility with Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and other social media platforms) is essential
  • Familiarity with photography and video editing desired but not required
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability (with training) to research and create an interpretive program
  • Public speaking ability
  • Ability to work well with others

Transportation: This position will be remote.

Class year preferred: No preference.

Park/Organization setting: Women's Rights NHP is located is the town of Seneca Falls (population of 9,000 persons), and the park employs a permanent, full-time staff of 13 people. Local amenities of shopping, entertainment, restaurants, and hospitals are located within 10 - 15 miles of Seneca Falls. The cities of Rochester and Syracuse are each located about 45 miles from Seneca Falls.

Housing accommodations: This position will be remote, so no housing will be offered.

Compensation: $1,500 Pohanka stipend

Number of available positions: 1