Internship Opportunities (April 2 Deadlines)

dwpndfnx0aaijefSeveral internship opportunities are now available with deadlines soon approaching (4/2).

The Dumbarton House in Georgetown is offering a paid Museum Education Internship opportunity (info here) and a paid Garden Internship Opportunity (info here).

The Dupont-Kaolorama Museums Consortium (DKMC) is also offering an internship (unpaid, academic credit possibility; DKMC-Intern-Summer-2018.pdf) to help with their Walk Weekend in June and with website design and social media.

All three internships have an April 2nd, 2018 deadline. See links above for more.

Image: Bed curtain, c. 1785, from the Dumbarton House collection, shared via their excellent Twitter feed @DumbartonHouse (link)

Internship Diary: Claire Goode (2017)

This semester (Fall 2017), I interned with the The Papers of James Monroe, creating an online exhibit for James Monroe’s 1818 tour of the Chesapeake. Having taken the class “The World of James Monroe” offered by the UMW History Department a couple years ago, I had a fairly thorough grounding in the history surrounding Monroe’s presidency. During Monroe’s first term in office, beginning in 1817, he undertook a series of tours to scope out new sites for military fortifications and strengthen America’s system of defense in the wake of the War of 1812. These tours, originally designed for the sole purpose of assessing military potential, took on another role as citizens desired to meet the president, exhibit their patriotism, and celebrate the potential of their cities. With this in mind, I began researching the shortest of his tours, which lasted a little under three weeks, and encompassed the Chesapeake Bay area.

Claire at the Roman Forum

Claire at the Roman Forum

For this research, I used transcriptions of primary sources collected in the James Monroe Papers. From these documents, including letters, memoirs, diary entries, and newspaper articles, I had to recreate a spotty timeline of events. Having determined Monroe’s exact agenda as nearly as possible, I began searching for pictures that were relevant to the information I had gathered. I found this one of the more difficult processes. I spent almost a month tracking down images that could be in anyway related to the topics, people, or places I was discussing. While I often found this process very frustrating, I profited massively from the help and instruction of my supervisors. Some of the things I learned included the acceptability of substituting the image you want to find for the image you can get, especially when the former isn’t forthcoming, and the necessity of using digitized local archives. I was able to use my general knowledge of a subject or place, as well as my researching capabilities, to my advantage. While this process was the most foreign to me, it was also the most exciting, especially when I finally found the exact image I wanted.

When I had completed my search for images, I began crafting my tour. This was another aspect I found difficult. As a history major, I am used to using sources and facts to support and explain my projects or papers. But in creating an exhibit, I had to be very aware of what images I could use to craft an acceptable narrative. It was very difficult for me to adjust to this style where every statement doesn’t have to be justified and every subject researched doesn’t have to be included. When I finished crafting the text, pairing relevant images with significant points, I used TimelineJS to display the exhibit. While the system is difficult to adapt to specific needs, it fit my project well and I found it easy to figure out after an initial explanation. Overall, this process has been incredibly informative, allowing me to expand my knowledge of both digital history and museum studies. I’ve enjoyed learning a new set of skills, and adapting my capabilities to a new way of presenting history.

Fall Job and Internship Fair, and Health and Law Professions Graduate School Fair

UMW’s Center for Career and Professional Development will be hosting several events in the next few weeks. Students looking for internships and full-time jobs will find a wide range of employers and graduate schools at these events.

Job & Internship Fair

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

University Center, Chandler Ballroom

Fair Information and Registration:

Promotional Video:


Health & Law Professions Graduate School Fair

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

University Center, Chandler Ballroom

Fair Information and Fair Registration:

Promotional Video:


Prepare for the Fair Student Resources:

Internships: The Valentine (Richmond, VA)

The Valentine museum is currently accepting applications for Spring 2018 internships. They are accepting applications from students interested in working in one of the following departments:

Costumes & Textiles
Education & Public Programs
General Collections
Fundraising and Development
PR & Marketing

Intern descriptions can be viewed here and students are encouraged to use their online application:

Student Opportunity: Museum Docent Position at The Weems-Botts Museum

193px-weems-botts_house_dumfries_virginia_001 Looking for an opportunity to gain museum experience? The Weems-Botts Museum seeks a docent to guide visitors through the historic house museum and to help with special programming (children’s activities, school field trips, etc.). They are open Wednesday-Sunday, May-October for public tours and offer tours by appointment and special programming year round. They also are have opportunities to gain experience writing for their newsletter, assisting with research for interpretation and exhibitions, planing new programs, and more.


The museum is named after Parson Weems, author of George Washington’s famous biography and originator of the cherry tree story, and Benjamin Botts, one of Aaron Burr’s defense attorney, who owned the home in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. However, Historic Dumfries Virginia’s mission is to preserve and promote the history of the area so much of the focus is on general town history, particularly colonial and Revolutionary War history. Dumfries was the oldest chartered town in Virginia and one of the four major shipping towns in colonial America, rivaling New York, Philadelphia, and Boston until its harbor silted in in the early 19th century. The Weems-Botts Museum is one of the three colonial buildings still standing in Dumfries.


If you are interested in the opportunity, contact Karleen Kovalcik at (703) 221-2218 or A form for online application is available here.

Ms. Kovalcik will be happy to discuss the possibility of internships for students and will consider student’s resumes for a weekend, part-time museum assistant position. The position will provide house tours when needed, but will also assist with museum administration and collections management. Ms. Kovalcik recently completed an MA in Public History and a Graduate Certificate in Cultural Resource Management from West Virginia University and has worked for multiple history organizations including Dumbarton House, Nantucket Historical Association, and Sully Historic Site. She will be happy to mentor an undergraduate who is interested in pursuing a career in public history.


Internship Diary: Kelsey Brey (’17)

During the spring 2017 semester, I interned at the Fredericksburg Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Over the course of the semester, I worked hands-on with several attorneys helping them to prepare for high-profile cases in the City of Fredericksburg. I used analytical and research skills that I learned over my history career at UMW to write jury instructions, research jurors, draft plea agreements, and more. I was given the opportunity to sit in on attorney meetings, disbreycuss ideas for how to move forward with certain cases, and communicate with witnesses and victims. The skills and experiences I gained from this internship and UMW have guided me into pursuing a career in law.

In fall 2017, I will be attending Elon Law School in Greensboro, North Carolina. Working closely with the attorneys has solidified my desire to pursue criminal prosecution. Criminal prosecution isn’t strictly about “putting the bad guys away”; it is about giving justice to the people that don’t have a voice – the victims who rely on the police officers, sheriffs, and the Commonwealth Attorney to do what is right by the community it defends. On the other side, defense attorneys don’t just “defend the bad guys”; they are integral in providing a face to the crime. Over the course of my internship, I learned two important lessons. The first is that the defendants are people and have a story. They aren’t just case numbers and it is important to remember that. Second, I was speaking with one of the attorneys and he told me what his law school professor told him. “At the end of the day, no one is a winner. The victims carry the crime with them the rest of their lives and have to suffer through the emotional, mental, and sometimes physical harm forever. The defendants don’t win either. They may have to endure prison sentences and their families are effected by the crimes they committed.” There is no winner in the law and I am grateful to have had this experience to see this firsthand.

Mt. Vernon Internships (deadline 2/17/17)

Spend a Summer Immersed in the 18th Century at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Each year, Mount Vernon’s Historic Trades accepts a select number of applicants for summer internships. With a focus on the Pioneer Farm and George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, these internships provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to become immersed in 18th century history, agriculture, and industry.

After completing a brief training program, interns will work as full-time Historic Trades interpreters for a period of 10 weeks under the direction of our professional interpretive staff.

    • Live on the grounds of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate during the internship.
    • Participate in special field trips to other historic sites and museums in the region.
    • Receive reimbursement for travel expenses to and from Mount Vernon, accommodations on the estate, and estimated biweekly wages of $450 (based on hours worked, accommodations in addition, all before taxes).



      • Have a background in history or museum studies.
      • Be comfortable with public speaking.
      • Be available during the entire internship period of June 5 – August 11, 2017. Interns will be expected to work a five-day, 40-hour workweek that will include every other weekend.

We are looking for highly motivated students who will enjoy the challenges and benefits of participating in this program. We will be happy to discuss the internship in more detail with you and any students who are interested in applying.

Completed applications must be returned to Mount Vernon by February 17, 2017 for consideration.


Application Deadline: February 17, 2017

Please find the application and FAQs below or visit the Mount Vernon website.

If you have any questions, contact, or call Sam Murphy, Manager of Historic Trades, at 703-799-8611.