"I discovered that instead of being required to recite scripted material and deliver memorized facts, my job was to shape tours and discussions based on what I was interested in. I found that I wanted to be asked questions I didn't know the answers to, so that I could learn new things. The trips we took to different battlefields and the discussions we had amongst ourselves and with the visitors were incredibly insightful and invigorating."
- Maureen Lavelle, Historical Interpreter Intern, 2011
An internship with Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields NMP provides an unforgettable, invaluable experience, and for many interns, the most rewarding summer of their lives thus far. Park interns work on the "front lines" of history by serving the public and sharing the past with modern visitors, fine-tuning both their research and presentation skills. Our internship program is an excellent opportunity for students and recent graduates to apply knowledge learned in the classroom, gain experience, meet professionals in the field, and often to determine which aspect of their chosen field is of greatest interest.
While we offer a variety of internships, the most popular--and most crucial--position is that of Historical Interpreter. Park housing (free to interns) is reserved for these interns first, and they constitute a core part of our summer work force. Summer interns can expect to work 5 days a week, and spring and fall interns work 2-5 days per week. Weekend work may be required. Other internships are offered as available, depending on workloads and available projects.
Interns share park housing with seasonal employees and other volunteers, and must participate in housecleaning assignments. Interns can expect to have their own rooms, and the houses include kitchen and laundry facilities. A stipend providing meals and mileage reimbursement is offered to Historical Interpreter interns.
Internships are very different from the temporary employees hired primarily over the summer. If you are looking to apply for seasonal employment, the check online at USAJobs to see which parks are hiring.
Take note: Internship applications are accepted on a continuous basis, and interested individuals are encouraged to submit applications early. Interviews and selections for summer internship positions are ongoing in December and January, and after February 1st potential applicants should contact the park to see if positions remain available before submitting an application.
To apply for an internship please either send our application as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org or print it and mail to the address below. Be sure to explore the various internship options below to see which opportunity best suits your interests.
Greg Mertz, 120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22405