Hillary Sherbert '13 and David Deal, executive director of the Hanover Tavern Foundation
Randolph-Macon College student Hillary Sherbert ’13 is a
history major with minors in secondary education
and Spanish. During January Term (J-term)
2013 she interned at the Hanover Tavern, located in Hanover, Virginia.
“The Hanover Tavern Foundation has developed a fourth- and sixth-grade field trip
program in line with the Virginia State Standards of Learning (SOL) testing,” explains
Sherbert. “I served as the education program representative.” The Tavern set a goal
of 1,950 students, and with the help of Sherbert, exceeded that goal. Twenty schools
will be bringing almost 2,500 students to the Tavern for the three-week program
in March 2013.
During “Hanover Tavern: History in the Heart of Virginia,” students move through
numerous education stations located at the historic Courthouse and throughout the
Tavern, learning about Colonial, Revolutionary, and Civil War history by interacting
with fascinating living history characters.
Sherbert interned under the guidance of David Deal, executive director of the Hanover
Tavern Foundation. Deal says that internships
are a great way for students to gain hands-on experience and learn about the daily
activities at a non-profit historic site.
“Hillary did many different things for the Foundation,” says Deal. “In addition
to marketing and enrolling schools in the program, she worked collaboratively on
two exhibits, requiring that she apply her liberal arts skills of research and writing.”
A Fredericksburg, Virginia native, Sherbert chose R-MC because of its small class
sizes, rigorous curriculum—and the fact that “it is 32 miles from home. The first
time I visited the campus, I thought, ‘This place is perfect!’ That same night,
I received my acceptance letter.”
Sherbert, who says she always knew she wanted to be a teacher, arranged her internship
with the help of Cathy Rollman, director of professional development in R-MC’s Center
for Personal and Career Development.
“This internship opened my eyes to the world of non-profit organizations, specifically
those aimed at preserving history,” says Sherbert, who serves as a Resident Assistant,
tour guide, and history tutor at R-MC. “After graduating, I hope to teach middle-
or high-school social studies in the Richmond area or go to grad school. As a result
of my internship, I want to become more involved with historical locations; Richmond
has a rich history, and I want to be a part of something that can benefit the community.
I now understand the hard work that goes into running a historical landmark. I’ve
even thought about joining a committee at Hanover Tavern!”
Internships are just one of the opportunities offered by
The Randolph-Macon EDGE. Within the
Center for Personal and Career Development, The
EDGE is a four-year program designed to help students
identify their career passions, compete for meaningful employment and apply to graduate
For 30 years, R-MC’s Bassett Internship
Program has been successfully placing students in internships both in the
U.S. and around the globe. Coordinated with the Center for Personal and Career Development,
the Bassett Internship Program works closely with students to help identify their
interests and match them with an appropriate internship opportunity. Randolph-Macon’s
alumni provide a strong network of support for students
throughout their time at the college or in assisting them after graduation with
career direction and opportunities.
Students may choose to pursue academic, paid, or volunteer internships in a wide
variety of settings; recent internships have seen R-MC students gaining valuable
knowledge and experience in fields including health care, finance, non-profit, communications
and media, education, politics and law, and the arts.