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Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program

Summer 2015

The Civil War Institute’s Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program offers Gettysburg College students a special opportunity to do paid work on the frontlines of history, giving public tours of iconic historic sites, leading children’s programs, gaining hands-on experience with original artifacts, creating multimedia products, and conducting independent historical research. In the summer of 2015, 22 students are working under the umbrella of the Pohanka program at parks and museums up and down the East Coast. For updates on their work and reflections on their experiences “doing history in public,” visit CWI’s blog, The Gettysburg Compiler.



Blake Altenberg ’17, Andersonville National Historic Site

Alexandria Andrioli ‘18, Harpers Ferry National Historic Site

Amelia Benstead ‘16, Boston African American National  Historic Site

Jesse Campana ‘18, Richmond National Battlefield Park

Jonathan Danchik ‘17, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

Meghan Eaton ‘18, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Melanie Fernandes ’16, Boston African American National Historic Site

Jenna Fleming ‘16, Seminary Ridge Museum

Sean Hough ’16, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Sam Kauker ‘16, Antietam National Battlefield

Matt LaRoche ‘17, Gettysburg National Military Park

Thomas Nank ‘16, Manassas National Battlefield Park

Amanda Pollock ‘18, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

Jacob Ross ‘15, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Kyle Schrader ‘16, Seminary Ridge Museum

Steven Semmel ‘16, Special Collections & College Archives

Jennifer Simone ‘18, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Elizabeth Smith ‘17, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Mikki Stacey ‘17, Stratford Hall: The Home of the Lees

Amanda Thibault ‘17, Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Andrew Vannucci ‘15, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Max Zammataro ‘16, Petersburg National Battlefield

Pohanka Interns receive a $1,500 stipend from the CWI and free on-site housing at their respective parks/museums. The program is open to all matriculated Gettysburg College students, regardless of class year. The application process for 2016 will open in Fall 2015. Applicants need not be history majors or specialists in the Civil War era, although good communication skills, substantial interest in the past, and a desire to share that interest with others are essential.

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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 National Parks and museums. Interns participate in a rigorous interview process, and are offered valuable opportunities for self-reflection, networking, and resume building.

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. Many have gone on to enroll in graduate programs in history, public history, and historic preservation. Former interns have pursued graduate work at Oxford University, West Virginia University, University of Massachusetts, UNC Greensboro, IUPUI, Eastern Illinois University, American University, West Georgia University, Roger Williams University and the University of Louisville, and several have been hired as seasonal rangers at National Park Service sites. For an example of student work produced under the Pohanka Program, please see Melanie Fernandes' 2014 video for Boston African American National Historic Site.

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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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