Living History Internships
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A Living History Internship includes conducting historic research, and planning and delivering public history talks and tours while in costume. Interns provide information, orientation and interpretation to thousands of park visitors. The internship involves in-depth study of 19th century American history focused on the nationally significant resources of the Harpers Ferry area, including John Brown, Civil War, African American history, industrial history, transportation history, landscape history.
The Living History program offers three seasons for Internships: Spring, March through May; Summer, 12 weeks May through August; and Fall, September through November. Park housing is available.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
A keen interest in and knowledge of 19th century American History, public speaking skills, basic research skills, ability to organize large amounts of information, ability to work cooperatively with others in a stressful environment, ability to follow directions and handle controversial issues with tact and in a professional manner, ability to tolerate summer heat in costume for extended periods of time. Duties include studying assigned research materials and artifacts, developing an accurate, working knowledge of 19th century American history, assisting in preparing and presenting special events, performing third-person, living history interpretation, supporting the black powder historic weapons demonstration program, researching, developing and presenting interpretive programs and historic trades demonstrations of 18th and 19th century small arms, Civil War era artillery, early republic to Civil War era bee-hive oven baking, leading horse and wagon guided tours, historic kitchen gardening & blacksmithing.