Event (9/24): Ferguson in Historical Context

Women’s and Gender Studies


the Department of History and American Studies present:


Ferguson in Historical Context


Wednesday September 24


Monroe 210


Dr. Jess Rigelhaupt, Dr. Will Mackintosh, and Dr. Claudine Ferrell will provide some historical background to the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri followed by a discussion with the audience


For more information contact Dr. Allyson M. Poska  aposka@umw.edu

Campus Internships – Deadline Friday (9/12)

UMW currently has a number of internships available for students with an interest in Digital Communications. For full details, see  http://www.umw.edu/webjob/.  To apply: submit resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, and available hours to tkeith@umw.edu. Interviews will begin immediately.

Internship Descriptions:

Technical Writer

As a technical writer, you would be translating existing tutorials and technical jargon into user-friendly language, capturing screenshots, creating short video, and helping users understand how to use available tools to accomplish tasks.

Qualifications include basic html skills, good writing and editing skills, and experience using WordPress. English, Journalism, and Education majors are encouraged to apply; experience with digital storytelling or digital studies; blogging; and editing preferred.


Google Map Editor

Work with Google Maps to update UMW campus maps. Includes adding additional information, cleaning up existing data; providing building descriptions; creating secondary map features such as noting accessibility features, computer labs, art, historically important places, etc. Photography and copyediting experience a plus.

Qualifications include a thing for maps and a desire to help us make all kinds of user experiences better. Google Map data touches GPS on all Android phones, search results, walking directions, the campus tour – be involved in all of those things. KML experience is a bonus. It’s also ok if you don’t know what that is.


Social Media Auditor

Identify all UMW social media properties and review them for specific criteria. You would work with Digital Communications, Public Relations, and Design Services, as well as participate in weekly workgroups and monthly Social@UMW users group meetings.  You’ll gain an understanding strategy, voice, tone, and the goals of social media use by organizations.

Qualifications include knowledge of social media and attention to detail.


Web Editor

If you enjoy working in WordPress, working with web content, and organizing a lot of information to be user friendly and accessible (or you really want the experience to be able to go do those things after graduation), you could be instrumental in redeveloping a website for a high-profile UMW initiative.

Qualifications include WordPress experience. Excellent organization, spelling, and grammar skills also required.

Welcome Back with the Great Tim’s Mart Scavenger Hunt

photo-e1405553086454-1024x768This post goes out to all our returning History and American Studies students.  A scavenger hunt is on.  The building housing Tim’s Mart at 1010 Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg is for sale, and the city’s Department of Economic Development needs an old picture of the facade, dating from before 1955.  They need it so badly that they’re offering a $500 reward to anyone who can turn one up before December 31.  So it’s time to hone your digital and analog archival skills, crack open old newspapers and dusty cardboard boxes, and start looking for early twentieth century Fredericksburg streetscapes. [Read more...]

Internships: The Borgen Project

The Borgen Project, a national campaign that focuses on global poverty, has telecommuting internships opening in Virginia and welcomes students to apply. The descriptions for positions are listed below. For more information, see:  http://borgenproject.org


Political Affairs Internship

This is a part-time 14-hours per week telecommuting internship. The internship is 4-months and responsible for leading public and political outreach in the state and district assigned to. Must be available Monday’s 4:30-6:00 PM PST for The Borgen Project’s national conference call.

- Meet with members of Congress and/or Congressional staffers in your State and District.
- Represent The Borgen Project at various business, political and community events.
- Assist with fundraising. Create a personal fundraising campaign and meet targets.
- Mobilize individuals to contact their members of Congress in support of key poverty-reduction legislation.
- As needed, speak to groups, classes and organizations.
- Write letters of support for key programs to political leaders, media and other groups.

- Outstanding writing skills.
- Self-starter who can produce great results with limited supervision.
- Strong oral communication skills and ability to lead meetings and give speeches.

To Apply: To be considered for the Political Affairs Internship, please email your resume to

Regional Director

Location: Nationwide (Telecommute Volunteer Role)
Salary: Unpaid
Duration: 6 months
Hours: 4-6 hours per week

Regional Directors operate independently from home and maintain contact with The Borgen Project’s Seattle office. Regional Directors sign a 6-month contract. The position is volunteer and is roughly 4-6 hours per week. Regional Directors attend a conference call every Monday evening. Regional Directors come from many diverse backgrounds, some of which include a news anchor, veteran, banker, teacher, relief worker, political staffer, sales manager, programmer, and college students.

Key Responsibilities:
Attend one (30-60 minute) conference call every week with the President of The Borgen Project and Regional Directors from across the United States (5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT).
- Meet with local congressional leaders and lobby for legislation that improves living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.
- Mobilize people in your community to contact their congressional leaders to support poverty reduction legislation.
- Manage and implement fundraising campaigns.
- Build a network of people engaged in the cause.
- Serve as The Borgen Project’s ambassador in your city.

Basic understanding of U.S. Politics and international development.
- Highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple functions and tasks while managing their work time efficiently.
- Strong team player that loves to bring new ideas to the table.
- Ability to demonstrate frequent independent judgment with decisiveness.
- Excellent overall communication skills: oral, written, presentation

How to Apply: To apply, send your resume to hiring@borgenproject.org

Fall 2014 Internship – John J. Johnson Archives Center, Fredericksburg

Internship Announcement:

Collection Management Internship at the John J. Johnson Archives Center

Fredericksburg United Methodist Church

Fall 2014

The John J. Johnson Archives Center of the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church consists of official documents, papers, photographs, recordings, books and artifacts. The church, founded in 1802, is located at 308 Hanover Street in Fredericksburg’s Historic District. The mission of the Center is to catalog and index this collection. The Center will make these items accessible to church members, scholars, educational institutions and the general public for study and research. The Center’s dedicated, climate controlled work area comprises a work room with a scanner, printers and computer equipment, as well as a storage closet with approximately 30 cardboard boxes of papers, photographs, artifacts, etc.

Intern Duties:

The intern will begin the process of indexing the collection’s documents and objects using PastPerfect 5.0 software. PastPerfect is a leader in collection and contact management software. Several local museums use PastPerfect, including the Central Rapphannock Heritage Center, the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, and the James Monroe Museum (operated by the University of Mary Washington). Training CDs will be available for learning how to use the software. Opportunities exist for collaboration with other local museums familiar with PastPefect.

Learning Outcomes for the Intern:

  1. Understand the importance of preserving documents and objects and making them accessible to the public.
  2. Become familiar with PastPerfect software and learn how to attach images, keep data safe, focus on efficiency, and maintain consistent collections data entry.
  3. Understand the role of technology and reformatting collections in modern archival management.

The intern should have keyboarding and computer skills, with a demonstrated ability to perform detailed work.

A member of the church’s Heritage Committee will be available to supervise the intern during the fall semester. Internships for 1 credit require 42 hours’ work; 2 credits require 84 hours; 3 credits require 126 hours. Academic credit is available through the History and Historic Preservation departments. Academic credit is not available through the Museum Studies program.

To apply for the internship, send a cover letter and resume to Margaret Mock, Co-Director, John J. Johnson Archives Center, mmock@umw.edu.

Deadline for the 2014 fall session is September 12.

PPIA Program in Public Service – Free 4-Day Conference

IU-program-logo-NO-quote-1-1024x397Do you want to explore your future in public service? Apply to attend a free 4-day weekend conference just for college students who want to move the world forward! Motivated students from diverse backgrounds will gather at Indiana University, October 23-26, 2014, to learn how they pursue a career, or get a degree, in public service. They’ll hear from renowned thinkers and leaders in public service, participate in cultural and recreational activities on the beautiful Bloomington campus, and meet new friends from across the country.

Application Deadline June 30, 2014.

For more information, see this link.

Internship Opportunity – Summer & Fall 2014

Summer and Fall 2014 Virtual Internship Opportunities


Envisioning History, an educational non-profit in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has Summer and Fall Semester internship opportunities for undergraduates to process electronic historical data into an advanced geospatial database.  The subject of the historical material is World War II; the interns’ work product will help populate a database with thousands of documents, media files, events, people, organizations, tactical and strategic government decisions, etc.  The database—which essentially works like Google Earth with a time dimension added—will soon be available for undergraduate and graduate level historical research.   

Envisioning History works with universities to allow interns to obtain academic credit for their work, where the university allows this.  Usually 50 hours of internship work equals 1 credit hour, or more typically 150 hours of internship work equals 3 credit hours. In order to obtain credit, formal arrangements must be made with the university before the internship begins.  Envisioning History has standard formats for making these arrangements – what the prospective intern must do is put us in touch with the appropriate Professor or Department Head.

Nature of the Work:

  • Interns will process digitized primary source reports, documents and media from World War II, will plot geo-coordinates of events and will cross-tag the documents with the associated events, ships, military units, people, etc.
  • Training in use of the software (currently in wide use by the U.S. and other NATO military and intelligence organizations) will be provided. If you can use Google Earth, you can easily handle this software.
  • Work can be done from any location with a reasonably fast internet connection.
  • Working with Envisioning History and their sponsoring Professors at the beginning of the Internship, Interns will set weekly progress goals and Envisioning History will send a summary progress report to the sponsor.
  • Students may be given a choice of areas of WWII history to work with, such as the Central Pacific Campaign (Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, etc.), the US return to the Philippines, The Battle of the Bulge, the Eastern Front, etc.  Students who have a particular interest should make that clear when they apply, although we cannot guarantee everyone’s choices.  There will be some outside reading required to familiarize you with the assigned subject area.


  • Undergraduate history and geography majors will be given preference, although others may apply.
  • Interns will be required to provide their own laptop or desktop computer, preferably with a mouse with a scroll wheel. PCs work better than Apple products with this software platform.
  • Interns should have strong self discipline skills, as they will work when they choose without direct supervision.  Their work will be reviewed before it is published into the database.


  • Interns will obtain practical experience in the use of an advanced geospatial database and will be able to retain a database account for their own studies and research during the academic year and beyond.
  • Interns will develop a detailed sense of how historical relationships develop and persist between people, places and things.
  • Interns will learn details of the military, technological and economic events of World War II
  • Opportunities for further graduate-level fellowships may be available, depending on the proficiency the intern develops.

If you are interested in an Internship, please contact Dr. Jeffrey McClurken (jmcclurk@umw.edu) for more information. For application, e-mail a brief summary of your qualifications and assessment of your computer skills to: rick.ector@envisioninghistory.org.