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Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program

Summer 2014 Pohanka Internships

Avery Lentz at Gettysburg

Under the auspices of the CWI's Brian C. Pohanka Internship program, eighteen Gettysburg College students will spend the summer of 2014 on the frontlines of history. Selected students will offer walking tours and interpretive programs at some of the nation's best-known Civil War sites, gain hands-on experience in exhibit design, learn archival management and cataloguing, lead education programs, and work on multimedia projects. 

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

The following students have been selected as 2014 Pohanka Interns:

  • Abby Rolland '15, Stratford Hall: Home of the Lees of Virginia & Birthplace of Robert E. Lee (Stratford, Virginia)
  • Elizabeth Smith '17, Andersonville National Historic Site (Andersonville, Georgia)
  • Elizabeth Steinhour '15, Ashley Lookenhouse '17, and Matthew LaRoche '17, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (Harpers Ferry, West Virginia)
  • Jordan Cinderich '15, Gettysburg National Military Park (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
  • Stephany Harrington '15, Seminary Ridge Museum (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
  • Melanie Fernandes '16, Boston African American National Historic Site (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Jacob Ross '15 and Sophia Vayansky '16, Appomattox National Historical Park (Appomattox, Virginia)
  • Rebecca Duffy '16, Petersburg National Battlefield (Petersburg, Virginia)
  • Tyler Leard '16, Richmond National Battlefield Park (Richmond, Virginia)
  • Sean Hough '16, Manassas National Battlefield Park (Manassas, Virginia)
  • Thomas Nank '16, Antietam National Battlefield (Sharpsburg, Maryland)
  • Bryan Caswell '15, Special Collections & College Archives, Musselman Library (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
  • Megan McNish '16, Meg Sutter '16, and Emma Murphy '15, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park (Fredericksburg, Virginia)

Pohanka Interns come away from their summer experiences with a greatly expanded awareness of the career options available to students with academic training in history and increased commitment to engaging public audiences in meaningful dialogue about the past. Former interns are now pursuing graduate work at West Virginia University, University of Massachusetts, Eastern Illinois University, American University, Indiana University, and the University of Louisville, and several have been offered seasonal positions at various National Park Service sites.

Heather Clancy at Andersonville

Summer 2013 Pohanka Interns

In the summer of 2013, seventeen Gettysburg College students held Pohanka Internships. While serving as Pohanka Interns, each student submitted a blog entry to the Civil War Institute's Gettysburg Compiler, describing their experiences on the front lines of history. Read about their individual experiences:

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

Brian Pohanka
Brian C. Pohanka (1955-2005)

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