• Sun beginning to set at Harpers Ferry, as seen from Maryland Heights. Photo by NPS Volunteer Buddy Secor.

    Harpers Ferry

    National Historical Park WV,VA,MD

Living History Internships

2006 Living History staff and interns pose for a picture.

Living History interns greatly boost program offerings.  They pause with other staff for a picture.

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A living history internship includes conducting historic research, 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. Summer, 10 to 12 weeks, flexible start and end dates. This internship is approximately 10-12 weeks in length. Park housing may be 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 for extended periods of time.

Duties include studying assigned research materials, developing an accurate, working knowledge of 19th century American history, assisting in preparing and presenting special events, drafting written responses to information requests, performing third-person, living history interpretation, supporting black powder demonstration program, researching, developing and presenting interpretive programs.

Contact for more information: Phone: 304-535-6063; Email: e-mail us

Apply with resume, cover letter and three references by March 1st. Applications must be postmarked by March 1st and received within 7 days. In the cover letter, please include the following: whether you require housing or not, why you want to intern at Harpers Ferry, what your objectives are, what particular type of work you would like to do, the dates you would begin and end an internship, whether this internship is for school credit or not, if applicable, the number of hours required by your school, if applicable, the requirements of your school's internship program, if applicable, your advisor's name and contact information. Also, feel free to express yourself, your hopes and expectations in the cover letter. If not selected for this internship, please indicate in your cover letter other park internships that you might be interested in.

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