Historical Interpreter Internship

Intern begins guided walking tour beside large battle painting at Fredericksburg

Intern Andy Mach leads a walking tour

Jenn Kordak

"I just couldn't pass up the chance to live on and work at these battlefields! I found the internship to be a truly rewarding experience - I gained confidence in public speaking and research, really enjoyed creating walking tours and sharing my insights with the public... Living and working on the battlefields also gave me a greater appreciation for the individual soldiers who fought in the conflict."

- Andy Mach, Historical Interpreter Intern, 2009

Some roles of an Historical Interpreter include:

  • Answer questions about the park's location and points of interest
  • Assist visitors with ancestor research and with general Civil War questions
  • Develop and conduct their own battlefield walking tours

Interns are generally assigned to work two or three duty stations, depending on the season. These stations include two visitors centers, two outdoor exhibit shelters, and two historic structures. A few interns during the summer season may also be assigned to conduct weekly children's programs or assist our park curator with projects. Primary duty stations include:

  • The Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center
  • The Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center
  • The Wilderness Exhibit Shelter
  • The Spotsylvania Exhibit Shelter
  • Stonewall Jackson Shrine
  • Chatham Manor
Internships generally last about twelve weeks.

When should internship candidates apply?
The park typically accepts historical interpreter interns for the spring, summer, and fall, with the majority of internships available for the summer months.

Summer interns are typically selected between December and February, and candidates are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible. After February 1st, please contact the park to confirm there are still internship spots available before submitting an application.

If you are interested in applying, Fill in the attached internship application form and send to the address below or send as an attachment to Greg_Mertz@nps.gov.

Greg Mertz
120 Chatham Lane
Fredericksburg, VA 22405

Where do interns live?

Housing in park quarters is almost always available for summer historical interpreter interns, and usually for the spring and fall as well. Housing is free of charge for interns working full-time. Each intern can expect to have their own room but share a kitchen, laundry facility, and living space.

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