Experiential Opportunities in History

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. Mathias Bergmann) before applying for any of the programs.

Local Internships


Info. & Websites

Bacon's Castle, Surry, VA

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 incorporate the 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 of the house itself, and helping establish outreach education programming,networking with rack card distribution, and working with motor coach group tour solicitations.

Website: http://www.preservationvirginia.org/BaconsCastle/

Berkeley Plantation, Charles City, VA

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.

Website: http://www.berkeleyplantation.com/index.html

Colonial Williamsburg: Williamsburg, VA Website: http://www.history.org/foundation/human_resources/ OtherOps.cfm
Hanover Tavern: Hanover, VA

"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."

Website: http://www.hanovertavern.org/

Henrico Preservation and Museum Services: Henrico County Recreation and Parks

"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.

Website: http://henrico.us/rec/

The American Civil War Museum (Richmond) Website: https://acwm.org/about-us/join-our-team/internships
Pamplin Park (Civil War history): Petersburg, VA Website: http://www.pamplinpark.org/internships.html
Patrick Henry's Scotchtown

"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."

Website: http://preservationvirginia.org/visit/historic-properties/patrick-henrys-scotchtown

Valentine Richmond History Center: Richmond, VA Website: http://www.thevalentine.org/programs-tours/internships
Virginia Holocaust Museum: Richmond, VA Website: http://www.va-holocaust.com/content/internships
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Richmond Website: http://vmfa.museum/programs/college/internships/

Internship Opportunities Beyond Richmond and Central Virginia



Frontier Cultural Museum
Staunton, VA

Has internships that meet our requirements, ranging from costumed tour guides to research and exhibits.

Website: http://www.frontiermuseum.org/

Gunston Hall
Northern VA

"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."

Website: http://www.gunstonhall.org/index.php/about/about-volunteers

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."

Website: http://thewalters.org/about/jobs/intern/

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."

Website: http://www.supremecourt.gov/jobs/jip/jip.aspx

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 Metropolitan Museum of Art: New York, NY http://www.metmuseum.org/education/er_internship.asp

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 graduates.

Website: http://www.salemweb.com/witchhouse/

The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

"The Smithsonian Institution 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/"

The National Postal Museum

"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."


The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

"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."

Website: http://www.twc.edu/prospective

National Park Service's Historic Preservation Training Internships

Annual 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.

Roanoke Island Festival Park: Manteo, NC Website: https://www.roanokeisland.com

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).

Website: http://www.poplarforest.org/programs/archaeology-field-school/#.VPSRrDTF_Tol

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 includes:

  • 10 Gilder Lehrman History Scholarships to a five-week research program, June - July.
  • Up to 30 awards for One-Week Scholars to attend our program from June." (from website).

Website: https://www.gilderlehrman.org/content/history-scholar-award

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).

Websites: http://www.historic-deerfield.org/plan-your-visit/educational-programs/girl-scout-badge-days/

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.

Websites: http://www.wm.edu/as/niahd/collegiatesummer/index.php