INTERNSHIP, FELLOWSHIP, AND SEMINAR OPPORTUNITIES FOR R-MC HISTORY MAJORS
Below are some of the internships and other scholarly activities that are available
to undergraduate students. Please peruse the following sites, but be certain to
contact your advisor and the Chair of the History Department (Prof. Mark Malvasi)
before applying for any of the programs.
Bassett Internship Program
R-MC Career Services
Info. & Websites
Bacon's Castle is the oldest surviving brick dwelling in the United States, as well
as the last surviving example of Jacobean architecture in the U.S. On the grounds
surrounding the house, we have a surviving 17th century English Formal Garden, and
one of the last original examples of slave quarters in America. Our goal for Bacon's
Castle is not only to educate our guests on importance on the architecture of the
house, but also the histories of all the people who lived there as well. We especially
want to incorporatethe histories of the labor force at Bacon's Castle, which can
give our guests a better grasp on the daily lives and hardships that the slaves
and indentured servants would have gone through. Our students and volunteers would
be giving docent lead tours of the grounds and ofthe house itself, and helping establish
outreach education programming,networking with rack card distribution, and working
with motor coach group tour solicitations.
Berkeley Plantation is the oldest of the James River plantations, and was home to
Benjamin Harrison V (a signer of the Declaration of Independence) and William Henry
Harrison (9th U.S. president). Located about 25 miles east of Richmond. Internships
are available in the fall and spring semesters and during the summer--duties consist
primarily of guiding tours.
"Hanover Tavern is listed on the National Register as a contributing property in
the Hanover Courthouse Historic District. Located 15 miles north of Richmond, VA
on US 301, the complex is a rare surviving example of the county government building
sets once common in Virginia."
"Internship opportunities are available with Henrico Recreation and Parks for students
who are enrolled in an accredited college/university with an appropriate major.
Opportunities are limited, so please apply early." County historical sites include
Civil War battlefields, 19th-century farm and tavern, and early 20th-century schoolhouse
and gas station; County collections contain: furniture and clothing, agricultural
implements, military artifacts, books, artwork, maps, and other archival documents.
"Scotchtown is best known as the home of Patrick Henry during the tumultuous years
leading up to the American Revolution. It was at Scotchtown that he formulated the
ideas of his famous “Liberty or Death” speech and it was from the house that he
rode to St. John’s Church in Richmond on March 23, 1775 to deliver it."
INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES BEYOND RICHMOND AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA:
Has internships that meet our requirements, ranging from costumed tour guides to
research and exhibits.
"Gunston Hall was once the center of a 5,500-acre tobacco and corn plantation. Its
owner, George Mason IV (1725-1792), was a fourth generation Virginian who became
a senior statesman and author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, Mason was among
the first to call for such fundamental American liberties as religious toleration
and freedom of the press."
The Walters Art Museum: Baltimore, MD
Fall Semester: July 15
January Term: October 15
Spring Semester: November 1
Summer Semester: March 15
"Based on a system of supervised learning, the internships enable students to understand
how a museum operates and how to relate this experience to academic and professional
goals.Each intern serves for a period that corresponds to his or her institution’s
semester system . . . No stipend is offered for Walters Art Museum internships.
The museum accepts interns in the Curatorial, Development and Education and Public
Programs Divisions, Information Technology, Library and Public Relations Division."
Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C.
Fall Semesters: June 10
Spring Semesters: October 20
Summers: March 10
The Judicial Internship Program: "The Judicial Internship Program at the
Supreme Court offers advanced undergraduates and graduating seniors who have interests
in law, management, and social sciences a unique opportunity to gain exposure to
the field of judicial administration through work in the Office of the Administrative
Assistant to the Chief Justice."
History and Art History Internships: Paid and unpaid internships in various
curatorial projects: e.g., Graphic Arts Collection Assistant; Collections Cataloging
Assistant; and Photography Assistant. See Professor Porter for flyer.
The Corwin House: Salem, MA
Summer, Fall, Winter, & Spring internships available
"The Corwin House, popularly known as the Witch House, is the home of Witchcraft
Trials judge Jonathan Corwin. It is the only remaining structure in Salem with direct
ties to the events of 1692. . . .Interns work on a number of projects in various
aspects of running a small historic house museum. Areas of focus include education,
collections management, facilities management, publicity and marketing, gift shop
management, etc." Internships are open to qualified B.A. seeking students, and college
The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
"The Smithsonian Insitution offers a wide range of internships and fellowships to
interested college and graduate students. You may find more information about numerous
possibilities by visiting http://www.smithsonianofi.com/"
"Interns work with a small professional staff on current projects in one or more
of the following museum departments: Collections, Curatorial, Education, and Exhibits.
Internships are offered during the spring, summer and fall semesters. Interns with
a wide variety of skill levels are accepted.
In addition to the internship project, interns are encouraged to take one afternoon
per week to explore current exhibitions in a variety of local museums and to talk
with museum staff from all departments regarding careers.
Our internships do not offer a stipend."
"Now in its 30th year, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
(TWC) is an educational nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and
universities in the U.S. and other countries by providing selected students challenging
opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. The largest
such program, TWC has over 33,000 alumni, many of whom are leaders in numerous professions
and nations around the world.
The Washington Center provides diverse, highly motivated interns to thousands of
organizations in government, business and the non-profit sector. They contribute
significantly to their placements and often prove to be of longer-term interest
as prospective employees."
National Park Service's Historic Preservation Training Internships
"The program is designed to allow students in historic preservation programs and
allied disciplines to gain an awareness of National Park Service cultural resource
management activities and to provide an opportunity to work alongside professionals
in the field of historic preservation. A variety of positions in preservation and
related fields are being offered at the National Park Service and partnering agencies."
For more information see:
National Park Service at http://www.nps.gov/tps/education/internships.htm.
FELLOWSHIPS, WORKSHOPS, AND SEMINARS:
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Archaeology Field School
"Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and the University of Virginia are pleased to
offer the Twenty-Second Annual Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology. The
field school provides a foundation in current methods and theories of historical
archaeology, and offers a solid introduction to the practical skills of site survey,
excavation, recording, and laboratory procedures. Students will actively participate
in our ongoing interpretation of archaeology to the public. In the summer of 2010,
field school participants will excavate an early nineteenth-century building complex,
believed to be associated with plantation work spaces and possibly slave quarters,
adjacent to Jefferson's ornamental grounds. They will also participate in some of
the first phases of excavation needed to restore the ornamental plantings that once
surrounded the retreat house." (from website).
Field School in Historical Archaeology, Historic Jamestowne
June - July
"The field school is designed to teach the methods and theories of fieldwork in
American Historical Archaeology and offers both the untrained and experienced student
the opportunity to learn the practical skills of excavation and recording. It also
provides an excellent educational opportunity for teachers seeking recertification
in the social studies content area.
The fieldwork will be conducted at the Jamestown Rediscovery excavations
on Jamestown Island, the site of the first permanent English settlement in North
America. Focus of the excavations will be on uncovering the recently discovered
remains of the 1607 James Fort and the adjoining 1608 James Town.
In the course of excavations, students will learn to identify and interpret 17th-century
European and Native American artifacts, as well as investigate features directly
related to James Fort (1607-1625). This archaeological field school provides a unique
opportunity for students to make a contribution to the research and interpretation
of early 17th-century English-America. . . . Since space is limited, early applications
are strongly encouraged" (from website).
The Gilder Lehrman Institute's Summer Fellowships in NYC for History Majors
June/ June-July Programs
"The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History invites college sophomores and
juniors with a passion for American history, and academic excellence in the field,
to apply for the Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program in New York City, which
Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship Program (Massachusetts)
"Historic Deerfield invites applications from undergraduates in their Junior and
Senior years for the Summer Fellowship Program.
Based in Historic Deerfield's thirteen museum buildings, state-of-the-art exhibition
and storage facility and library, all within the village of Old Deerfield, New England's
best documented town, this all expenses-paid, intensive nine-week living-learning
program offers a rare behind the scenes view of the workings of a museum, and a
thorough investigation of early New England history and material life" (from website).
The Collegiate Summer Program in Early American History (W&M)
"The National Institute of American History & Democracy, a partnership between
the College of William & Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, announces
a new summer program for college and university students: The Collegiate Summer Program
in American History. An extension of the highly-successful Pre-Collegiate
Summer Program in Early American History for high school students, this new five-week
summer program for college-level students combines visits to museums, historic buildings,
archaeology projects, living history, historic landscapes, and material culture
with the very best scholarly literature, daily seminar discussions, and extensive
writing exercises to produce an in-depth examination of the American experience
from the seventeenth century deep into the nineteenth. Students in the program receive
credit for two seminar courses (four academic credits each)"--from website.