Internship Opportunity – Chesapeake Gateways Ambassador


The Appalachian Conservation Corps and Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park are hiring a Chesapeake Gateways Ambassador intern to help share the incredible stories of the park through an equity lens. This position is open to young adults aged 18-30, or 35 if veteran, and is ideal for recent graduates of communications, history, education, etc. The Park is looking for candidates local to the area.

The intern will develop and present inclusive interpretation materials, write digital media resources and host community programs. This 50-week position will begin September 18th, 2023, and is based out of Church Creek, MD. For more information and to apply, visit this website.

Congratulations to our Graduates!

Group portrait of graduating students with Dr. Allyson Poska


The Department of History & American Studies is delighted to congratulate our graduating majors. We were happy to toast them at our reception on May 5th. We also shared news of this year’s awards:

Almont Lindsey Award for Excellence in History: Katrina Smith
Glen R. Thomas Award for Highest GPA in American Studies: Tyler Carnohan
Joseph Carroll Vance Award for Excellence in Historical Research: Madeleine Gulbransen and Elizabeth Rybarczyk
Phi Alpha Theta Award for Highest GPA in History: Lyndsey Clark
Willie Lee Rose Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership: Delaney Dunnigan

Departmental Honors were also awarded to:
Laura Baldwin, Lyndsey Clark, Helen Dhue, Madeleine Gulbransen, Cegan Hinson (Class of ’24), Andrew Hudgins, and Elizabeth Rybarczyk

Cheers to all awardees and to all Class of ’23 graduates!

The Poe Museum Internships (Richmond, VA)

The Poe Museum in Richmond has introduced a new Programs Department Internship and is seeking applicants.

See this link for a description of the internship and how to apply. While spring internships are reserved for VCU students, summer and fall internships are open to all applicants.

Summer Internships applications are due by April 15th. Fall applications are due by July 15th.

Summer Internship: Hunter House Victorian Museum (Norfolk, VA)

Looking for a summer volunteer / internship opportunity? The Hunter House Victorian Museum is seeking students who might wish to join them.

The Museum is working on a summer exhibit focusing on the career of Dr. James Jr. Hunter and Victorian medicine. Interns will give tours of exhibits and help with special events.

If interested, please contact:

Sallie Whitney
Director of Visitor Engagement
Hunter House Victorian Museum

Talking History: Dr. Gaila Sims of the Fredericksburg Area Museum (3/21, 12:30 pm)

Governor’s Fellows Program (Deadline March 5)

The Governor’s Fellows Program is an amazing opportunity for students interested in public service and policy-making to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth. The Program is open to all majors – students are placed in different secretariats based on their interests and experience.

The Program is open to rising seniors, graduating seniors, and students enrolled in graduate school. The student must be a Virginia resident OR enrolled in a Virginia college or university. The Program is a full-time commitment, from June 1 through July 28. Each student will be paid $3,600, via stipends, for their 2 month long service to the Commonwealth.

The deadline to apply is March 5, 2023. Visit for more information.

Paid Summer Internships – The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy has a new summer internship program.

It is a paid, 10-week summer internship program providing opportunities to gain experience in conservation, inclusive story-telling, project management and more. All STEP interns will have access to professional development trainings, Nature Conservancy webinars and field trips to gain hands on experience on their different landscapes. The internship will run from May 20 to August 11, 2023. All internships will be paid, full time, 35-hour-per-week roles, working in person at one of their Virginia offices. Housing assistance may be available for those who need it.

Two of the positions that may be of interest to students in History and American Studies include one working with TNC’s Marketing and Communications Team to research and share experiences of Indigenous people, African Americans, and other underrepresented communities on lands where TNC works. Another is working  to uncover and share the lives of African Americans enslaved on Brownsville Preserveon the Eastern Shore, now the headquarters of The Nature Conservancy organization.

See the attached .pdfs for position descriptions and a flyer with more information. Deadlines vary between March 10 and March 19th, 2023, depending on the specific internship.

STEP Internships Detailed Flyer Final //  STEP Brownsville Historical Research Intern 0223 // STEP Lands and Lives Project Intern 0223