Ella Baker, perhaps the civil rights movement’s most effective organizer, learned on her family’s Halifax County farm that local people have the knowledge and the capacity to shape their own lives. This summer, the Ella Baker Interns will work in the 20-county eastern North Carolina “Black Belt” to greatly increase voter education and civic engagement in the region. As they do so, they will stitch together a human “quilt” committed to what Miss Baker and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the beloved community,” a vision of redeeming goodwill for all. [Read more…]
The Department of History and American Studies will host a workshop on internships on Tuesday, April 3, at 6pm, in Lee Hall 411. The workshop will feature a panel of current majors who have held internships and will discuss their experiences, advice on getting internships, and how to use them to gain employment. They will also answer any questions you have. If you’re interested in getting an internship this summer or in the future, you do not want to miss this information session! In addition to useful advice, refreshments will be served.
Do you want a job after college (or graduate school)? Your answer should be yes! To find out how four UMW History and American Studies majors have landed on their feet after college, be sure to attend this year’s Career Night event. The four alums will explain how they got to their current jobs (or into their current graduate program) and answer your questions about how to prepare for the job market in this tough economy.
When: Tuesday, March 15, 7pm
Where: Lee Hall 412
Interested in attending law school and pursuing a career in law? Want to know more about the different careers you can have with a law degree? If so, be sure to attend the Career Forum of the Department of History and American Studies on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7pm, in Lee Hall 412. UMW Rector Dan Steen, a magna cum laude graduate of the college (class of 1984) and former history major, will give a special presentation and answer your questions about law schools and careers in law.
Attached here is the program schedule for Spring 2011 events and workshops hosted by the university’s Office of Career Services.
Check out this wonderful opportunity for a paid internship at Gettysburg or Harpers Ferry. Contact Dr. McClurken if you’re interested in applying. [Note the deadline is coming up very fast.]
Gettysburg National Military Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Deadline: January 14, 2011
The Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State invites applications from qualified undergraduate students for four paid positions at historic sites during the summer of 2011: two at Gettysburg National Military Park and two at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The internships provide aspiring historians and teachers with hands-on experience in public history. All of these non-credit, paid internships come with a $3,500 stipend and housing.
• Gettysburg National Military Park interns will work with either interpretive operations or with the museum service branch. The interpretive operations intern engages with tourists by designing and presenting two public presentations and assisting at the visitor center’s information desk. The intern in the museum service branch will perform varied aspects of archival and museum management—working with letters written from soldiers and civilians at the time, as well as material objects from the war.
• Harpers Ferry National Historical Park features one position especially suited to future teachers. Often wearing period costume, the intern prepares, develops, and delivers education programs about the park for students from kindergarten through high school. A second position involves working with the visitor services branch, which includes presenting programs to tourists and working the desk at the visitor center.
Application Process: Applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average and have not graduated at the time of the internship. Applicants should submit a one-page statement of interest detailing why they would like to work at the particular site and how they think the experience will further their education. They must also provide a letter of recommendation from a faculty member (e-mail is acceptable) and an informal transcript. Materials must be received by January 14, 2011.
Direct all application materials to Karen Fisher Younger, Richards Center Managing Director, 108 Weaver Building, University Park, PA 16802. For more information, see the Richards Center Web site: http://richardscenter.psu.edu, or contact Dr. Younger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding is made possible through the generous support of Larry and Lynne Brown and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Mount Vernon Archaeology seeks to hire the position of Assistant Archaeologist. This is a fulltime, permanent position with benefits. The successful candidate will work in conjunction with the Director of Archaeology to oversee the ongoing archaeological program at George and Martha Washington’s plantation.
The position will oversee and implement all phases of archaeological research including planning field and laboratory strategies, writing reports, directing staff, volunteers, and interns, interpreting archaeology to the public, participating in public programs, and developing exhibits. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to publish and present the findings of projects in professional publications and conferences as well as to community groups and organizations and through the internet.
The successful candidate must possess excellent skills in the excavation of historic sites (a minimum of three years field experience) and significant experience with material culture analysis of the historic period in the mid-Atlantic. The candidate should also have experience supervising archaeological field and lab work and possess strong communication, organizational, and computer skills. GIS experience is strongly preferred. An M.A. in anthropology, archaeology, or related discipline is preferred but individuals finishing graduate coursework will be considered. Individuals with a research interest in landscape archaeology, plantation communities, and 18th-century material culture are especially encouraged to apply.
Mount Vernon offers a compensation package that includes competitive pay, medical coverage, retirement plan, and paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave. The salary will be commensurate with the applicant’s credentials and experience.
How to apply:
Applications may be submitted via email to Esther White, Director of Archaeology (email@example.com), and should include a letter of interest, a resume or curriculum vitae of relevant experience, and names and contact information for three references. Initial screening of applications will begin September 1 and continue until the position is filled.