List of Internships

SUMMER 2022 INTERNSHIPS -- ALL POSITIONS FILLED

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Danville, Virginia 
Collections and exhibitions, videography 
Terms: The DMFAH is a community museum with a focus on the Civil War and Civil Rights eras and the history of the tobacco and textile industries in the Dan River region. We seek an advanced undergraduate or May graduate to conduct oral history interviews with people who participated in the Civil Rights struggle in Danville during the 1960’s. A background in American studies, U.S. history, museum studies, oral history, or videography is preferred. Curiosity, adaptability, and self-starter qualities are valued. Students who thrive in a cohesive, team-based environment, and who are excited by the possibilities of working closely across departments in a small museum where many hats are worn, are ideal. Candidates under-represented in the museum field are strongly encouraged to apply. This internship pays $10 an hour for 300 hours of on-site work.  
Goals:  The intern will partner with community leaders to plan and execute a “History Harvest” project about the Civil Rights Era in Danville. They will be responsible for shooting informal videos of citizens talking about their experiences. Other duties include: developing interview checklists; creating interview agendas; communicating with community leaders, including development of MOUs; conducting oral history interviews. Additional responsibilities may include transcribing and cataloging interviews; preparing interviews for marketing purposes; conducting a community engagement event. The intern will be responsible for logging their time daily.
Outcomes: The intern will conduct and film oral history interviews with Danville citizens who participated in the Civil Rights struggle there in the 1960s. They will also gain familiarity with museum best practices and AAM policies regarding historical interviews, and work closely with the NAACP, AKA (Alpha Kappa Alpha), and City Council leaders.
About: Located in the heart of downtown, the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is known for its dynamic exhibition programs and its exceptional Civil Rights Timeline. Through exhibitions and educational programming about the Civil War, Civil Rights era, and local industries, the DMFAH serves a site for transformational community conversations through mindful listening and recording. It also holds a large 20th-century art collection that is often woven into the curatorial narratives of exhibitions. 
 
Finding Virginia's Freetowns - POSITIONS FILLED
Charlottesville, Virginia
Two to three internships available
Archival research, oral history, and digital mapping
Terms: Seeking 3-5 graduate and/or undergraduate interns to help identify and map central Virginia “freetowns”—settlements founded by emancipated Blacks during Reconstruction. All interns must have proven research, writing, communication, and analytical skills; one or more internships will require experience using ArcGIS digital mapping tools. Coursework in African American history, or demonstrated evidence of interest in that history is essential. Photography skills and experience interviewing people are a plus, but not a requirement. Some of the internships require a car or access to one; interns will be reimbursed for mileage. These internships pay $20/hr for grad students and $15/hr for undergrads, for 150-300 hours of work over the summer.
Goals: Interns will divide up responsibilities for digging through archives, both paper and digital, in Special Collections and elsewhere; documenting and photographing (with permission) examples of historic Black churches in counties surrounding C’ville; conducting oral history interviews; and creating ArcGIS maps and digital StoryMaps. Interns will meet weekly with UVA professors and community partners overseeing the project.
Outcomes: ArcGIS maps, StoryMaps, spreadsheets and written reports and summaries of research findings.
About: If you stand on Cowherd Mountain in Orange County, Va., and look in any direction, you’ll see a vast, shallow crater of land that stretches over three central Virginia counties: Albemarle, Louisa, and Orange. In the eighteenth century, more than a dozen plantations were built and worked here by enslaved laborers. Many of them still exist today, and many of those have been the subject of intense scrutiny by historians and memoirists who have documented the lives of the white slave-owners and, in recent years and to a lesser extent, the Black laborers who called this landscape home. Largely undocumented, however, are the 50 or more “freedom communities” that flourished here from the middle of the nineteenth century, when they were occupied by free Blacks; through Reconstruction, when they were joined by settlements of emancipated Blacks; and into the twentieth century, when they continued to provide a measure of security and self-determination for Blacks circumscribed by the violence of Jim Crow. Almost all of these communities, centers of Black endurance and achievement, have vanished. Or more accurately, they have been erased by the agents and agencies of white supremacy. The stories of how these communities were built, and the people who built and nurtured them, still live in the memories of lifelong Black residents of these central Virginia counties. There are still traces of them on the landscape. There is documentary evidence waiting to be unearthed in plantation records, historical maps, tax filings, photograph collections, newspaper archives, and other records held in, for example, UVA’s Special Collections. They have a particular story to tell about how community is built and sustained across time in the most challenging of conditions. They also provide evidence of the rural equivalents of massacres like the one white supremacists inflicted on the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, OK, in 1921: central Virginia had its Tulsas, and they devastated these communities. Finding and beginning to document Virginia’s freetowns will be the work of this project, and the summer interns hired as contributors.
 
Gibbes Museum of Art - POSITION FILLED
Charleston, South Carolina
Collections and exhibitions
Terms: The intern will be introduced to the day-to-day operations of a mid-sized art museum. This unique opportunity will be available to an undergraduate rising third- or fourth-year with a particular interest in American art and art history preferred. Background in art history, American studies, or museum studies is required. Curiosity, adaptability, and self-starter qualities are valued. Students who thrive in a cohesive, team-based environment, and who are excited by the possibilities of working closely across departments in a mid-size museum are ideal. Candidates under-represented in the museum field are strongly encouraged to apply. This internship pays $10 an hour for 300 hours of on-site work. 
Goals:  The intern will assist with the planning, development, and execution of special exhibitions and changes to the permanent collection galleries as well as activities related to collections management. Duties to include: the development of object checklists, creation of installation plans, loan initiation, and communication with artists and lenders. Additionally, assisting with annual collections inventory, cataloging new acquisitions, preparing works for outgoing loan, researching objects, and writing label copy for upcoming exhibitions and the mobile app will be part of the intern’s responsibilities.
Outcomes: Outcomes expected are an overall familiarity with museum collections care, policy and practice; familiarity with exhibitions planning, development and execution; and an understanding of museum values, ethics and goals in a professional team oriented environment that believes art museums serve as spaces for transformational community conversations.
About: Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, South Carolina, the Gibbes Museum of Art is known for its dynamic exhibition programs and its exceptional collection of American art that provides a vibrant introduction to the visual culture of America and the American South from the colonial era to the present. The Museum presents six to eight special exhibitions annually, and organizes over 100 educational programs and events that respond to the region’s unique art history, Charleston's diverse demographics, and its reputation as a top tourist destination in the United States.
 
Louisa, Virginia
Digitization of historic documents
Terms: Seeking an undergraduate to organize and digitize historic documents associated with a prestigious central Virginia easement program in Louisa County, Va., initiated by Historic Green Springs, Inc., a nonprofit organization. Training and equipment will be provided to the selected candidate. A work site will be set up on UVA grounds, but some remote work is also possible. This internship pays $10/hr for 250 hours of work.
Goals: This position will be crucial to the effort to digitize the easements and associated documents that made the establishment of the Green Springs Historic Landmark District possible. The intern will be trained in these skills, but experience creating spreadsheets and scanning documents is a plus.
Outcomes: Documents scanned and organized into an electronic file structure linked to a simple spreadsheet index.
Background: HGSI was formed in 1973 and is the first easement program in Virginia to be linked to both the National Landmarks Program and the National Environmental Protection Act. Since the organization was formed, nearly 14,000 acres of conservation and historic preservation easements have been implemented in the Green Springs National Historic Landmark District.  
 
Morven Summer Institute - POSITIONS FILLED
Charlottesville, Virginia
Two internships available
Research and teaching assistants
Terms: We seek two upper-level undergraduate students with relevant coursework in American History and/or African American Studies to serve as research assistants for the 2022 Morven Summer Institute class, ARH 4500/AAS 4559: Morven’s Enslaved and Descendant Communities (May 23-June 17). The interns will assist with (1) video documentation and social media posts of class activities, including field trips; (2) the transcription of archival materials, such as handwritten letters, wills, deeds, etc.; and (3) the cataloging of digital objects for ongoing research and curated displays. Experience with social media is a plus, but no prior experience or training in digital technology is required. Interns will be supervised by the course instructor, Dr. Scot French, a specialist in digital and public history. Internship start and end dates will be set by the supervisor. This internship pays $12 per hour for 240 hours over the course of 8-10 weeks (25-30 hours per week).
Goals: Our primary goal for these paired internships are: (1) to document class activities through video and social media and build public awareness/support for ongoing research and site interpretation at Morven; and (2) to build a digital archive of student- and faculty-generated research (scanned documents, transcriptions, bibliographies, etc.) and related presentations/reports for use in ongoing research and curated displays. Interns will have an opportunity to work with 19th century historical records, such as newspaper advertisements, handwritten letters, wills, and deeds.
Outcomes: Interns will contribute to video and social media documentation of the summer class and the development of an accessible/searchable digital repository of student- and faculty-generated materials that will help tell the story of Morven’s enslaved and descendant communities. Interns will gain valuable experience in videography and social media, historical research, and digital humanities tools/methods.
About: The 2,913-acre UVA Foundation-owned property known today as Morven has a complex, multi-layered history spanning thousands of years of human occupation. Located in southwestern Albemarle County, not far from Monticello, the site has attracted new interest from researchers since its acquisition by UVA in 2001. Today, Morven is home to a multi-disciplinary research and teaching initiative known as the Morven Summer Institute. ARCH 4500/AAS 4559 Morven’s Enslaved and Descendant Communities (May 23-June 17) invites students to explore the lives and labors of African Americans at Morven through a combination of lectures, discussions, field trips, and guided research. Led by co-instructors Lenora McQueen and Scot French, students will learn about each of the site’s distinct periods of occupation, from 17th and 18th century Monacan Indian encampments to the British land grant era of the Carter Estate (1730s-1790s), post-Revolutionary Era experiments in small-scale tenant farming and agricultural reform at William Short’s “Indian Camp” (1790s-1810s), and the rise of large-scale plantation slavery under David Higginbotham (1820s-1853) and D.G. Smith (1853-1865). Students will also explore the post-emancipation transition to free labor systems (sharecropping, tenancy, wage labor) and the formation of descendant communities throughout Albemarle County. Students will maintain research blogs, work in small groups to examine/interpret primary sources, report new findings, and produce a multimedia or poster-style project for public presentation at Morven.
Buckingham County, Cumberland County, and remote
Two internships available
Archival research and digital mapping
Terms: We seek two advanced undergraduates or May graduates to create an online searchable database from real and personal property tax records of newly emancipated Black citizens between 1866 and 1870 in two central Virginia counties. This will assist community members searching for enslaved ancestors, and historians researching the under-studied period of Black achievement and self-empowerment that occurred during Reconstruction before the violence and repression of the Jim Crow era intervened. This is a partnership between Prof. Lisa Goff in the American Studies Department and One Shared Story, a Black history organization in central Virginia that uses genealogy and digital mapping tools to document and share hidden and erased histories. Much of this work will be conducted onsite at the county courthouses, but  some can be done remotely. Interns must have their own transportation to/from courthouses in the two counties; they will be reimbursed for mileage. This internship pays $12.50/hr for 300 hours of work.
Goals: 1. Locate property transfers within the 1866-1870 period that show African American property purchases. These record searches will be conducted at county courthouses in Buckingham and Cumberland counties and informed by data harvested from the County Property Tax records during the same period. Applicable property transfers will be entered into a searchable database, which will also be publicly accessible online.
2. Transcribe information from images of county personal property tax records into searchable online databases accessible to the public. 
3. Digitally map the information gathered from deeds and property tax records, using the ArcGIS StoryMap platform, and make the maps publicly available. 
4. Meet with community members from Cumberland and Buckingham counties to share information and digital maps of Reconstruction-era Black settlements resulting from project research. There are several options for this, including local Black churches and/or historical societies. 
Outcomes: This proposal has two main outcomes, one scholarly and one community engagement. The community engagement outcome is to make it easier for Black Virginians to trace their ancestors prior to the 1870 census, when surnames of formerly enslaved laborers were included for the first time. The scholarly outcome is to map and analyze the creation of independent settlements during Reconstruction by Black citizens in central Virginia, a pursuit that has the potential to expand or alter the way we think about the Great Migration that followed the end of the Civil War.
 
Prince William County Historic Preservation Division - POSITION FILLED
Prince William, Virginia
Researching Native Americans in the colonial period
Terms: In order to better document and interpret the Native American experience in the Prince William County area, the County archaeologist and historians are seeking an intern to prepare a document compiling and summarizing source material about Native Americans in the colonial period. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to work independently, possess strong oral and written communications skills, and strong organizational skills. Attendance at and reporting to the Prince William County Historical Commission during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting is required. The intern’s workspace will be in the Planning Office, at 5 County Complex Court, Suite 210, Prince William, VA, and/or in the offices of the Historic Preservation, in the Williams Ordinary at 17674 Main Street, Dumfries, VA 22026. Intern must provide own housing and have access to transportation to research repositories in Richmond, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. This internship pays $15/hr for 300 hours over the summer—roughly $4,500. 
Goals: Prepare a work plan and review with county staff and the Historical Commission. Conduct research on Native Americans in Prince William County and the immediate surrounding area from the year 1607 onward. This research will include interviews with experts in colonial Native American history in order to gather a comprehensive list of sources that explore the topic. Other resources will include applicable archaeological reports as recommended by the County archaeologist. The intern will compile and review these resources and will provide a brief description of each resource, including its relevance to Prince William County. The annotated bibliography will be prefaced by a short introductory essay that summarizes and describes the intern’s research.
Outcome: Prepare an annotated bibliography on Native Americans in Prince William County, Virginia from 1607 onward, that will inform future research and outreach in the County.
Background: This project is a collaboration between the Prince William County Historical Commission, the County Archaeologist, and the Historic Preservation Division.
 
Scottsville Museum - POSITION FILLED
Scottsville, Virginia
1-2 part-time internships available
Museum collections project
Terms: Seeking an advanced undergraduate student with an interest in history as revealed by material culture, who has computer skills and a passion for organization. Personal transportation is required, as part of the project involves work at the Scottsville Museum.  There will also be some research which may be done via home computer and scanning which can be done at the University of Virginia’s art department under the supervision of one of our Board Members. The internship will be June 11 to August 21, including a formal project presentation to the museum board on Saturday, August 13. These 10-week internships are part-time (16-24 hours per week). 
and pay $11-$13//hour (undergraduate) or $12-$15/hour (graduate) + mileage reimbursement.
Goals:  The Scottsville Museum is a small-town museum with a limited budget run by volunteers. We have a disparate collection of artifacts, nearly all received as gifts, and it can be a challenge to marshal them into a coherent exhibition. The last big push to sort out what we have was ten years ago, when we acquired the software, Past Perfect, and began to compile a digital record of our collection. This project lapsed when its instigators left the area, and now we need to update our database with new software, including recent acquisitions. We also need to scan print items not currently in our database and add them under specific subject headings. The newly catalogued items will be stored so that they can be found easily. We want to deepen our historical research on certain artifacts and to think about the role they play in telling our town’s story.
Outcome: With the guidance of three of the members of the Museum Board, the intern(s) will be trained in the use of Past Perfect and undertake the project of adding items in the collection to the database. They will also undertake some research to illuminate the significance of some objects, which will form the basis for a small exhibition either at the Museum or as a digital exhibition on the web. In addition, the intern(s) will write a four- to five-page report reviewing the summer’s work and give a brief report to the Scottsville Museum Board of Directors at its August 14, 2022 meeting.
Background: The Scottsville Museum and Historic Landmarks Foundation is a nonprofit, incorporated organization which seeks to preserve for the public benefit the historical, natural, and artistic heritage of the Scottsville community of southern Albemarle County. It is housed in a former Disciples of Christ Church, built in 1846, and its adjacent parsonage, the Barclay House. The latter building has been renovated to create research and meeting space, and to house technical systems, archives, library, and storage space. The Museum is on Main Street in downtown Scottsville. It displays permanent and rotating exhibits relating to the town and its history. It is open to the public on weekends from April to October, and by appointment at other times. Should a prospective intern be interested in visiting the Museum, a private tour can be arranged by contacting Connie Geary at smuseum@avenue.org.
 
Charlottesville, Virginia
Legal Knowledge Podcast
Terms: The Special Collections department of the UVA Law Library seeks a graduate student or advanced undergraduate student to produce a history-themed podcast. The podcast, currently titled Legal Knowledge, is inspired by the Law School’s forthcoming book (UVA Press) that explores the transformation of legal education at UVA from the Law School’s founding in 1819 to the present. The book brings together authors from UVA and other institutions who write on topics such as teaching the laws of slavery, women in the legal curriculum, and students as change agents during the Civil Rights Movement. The podcast will promote the project via a limited series in which we interview each author about their respective chapter. In addition, the intern will assist with research and related tasks for the manuscript as needed and in support of the podcast. The intern must have strong research and organization skills and enjoy working in a collaborative environment. Experience with audio editing software, such as Adobe Audacity, is beneficial but not required. This internship pays $15/hr. for 300 hours of work.
Goals: Alongside the Law Library’s Special Collections team, the intern will assist with all aspects of the Legal Knowledge podcast. These responsibilities could include drafting questions and prompts, creating episode outlines, scheduling interviews, editing and mastering each episode, and producing episode transcripts. The intern may also conduct primary and secondary research at the UVA Law Library and other UVA repositories, in accordance with health and safety guidelines.
Outcome: The final product of this internship will be the creation of a podcast that consists of a series of five to ten interviews on the Law School’s history. The internship will offer professional development in historical research, podcast production, public history, and team-based project work in an institutional and academic archive.
About: The UVA School of Law was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson and is the second oldest continuously running law school in the United States. Law Special Collections is the institutional repository for the UVA School of Law and preserves and provides access to a diverse archive of legal history materials. Our collections include rare books, manuscripts, archival records and publications, faculty writing, and photographs. An important part of our mission is preserving, researching, and making accessible the history of the UVA School of Law.
 
UVA Miller Center - POSITION FILLED
Charlottesville, Virginia
Researching the history of the Faulkner House and its site
Terms: As part of its 22nd Century Scholars program, the Miller Center is looking for a summer intern to help research the history of the Faulkner House and its site. The intern will research the history of the house and its occupants with a special emphasis on identifying enslaved people who lived or worked at the site. The project might also include looking into the building of the house and other surrounding properties and communities. Experience with archives and historical records is a plus as the intern will delve into materials from a variety of sources including (but not limited to) the UVA Special Collections Library, personal property tax records, census data, the Library of Virginia, and other sources. The 22nd Century Scholars program runs for 5 weeks from July 5 to August 5 with a commitment of 10-15 hours per week and a stipend of $2,000. To learn more about the program, visit https://millercenter.org/22nd-century-scholars-program.
Goals: This position will be crucial to Miller Center efforts to identify and learn more about enslaved descendants who lived and worked at the Faulkner House. This is part of a university-wide effort to learn more about the history of its properties.
Outcomes: The intern will collect digitized documents (if possible) and write a research paper that tells the story of the people involved with the history of the Faulkner House.
About: The Miller Center is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history.
 
Charlottesville, Virginia
Seven internships in Charlottesville, Richmond, Manassas, Fredericksburg, and Vicksburg MS
Internship #1: Vicksburg National Military Park - POSITION FILLED
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Terms: In partnership with the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, the Vicksburg National Military Park is seeking an undergraduate or a graduate intern with a background in nineteenth-century American history to work at the national park. Internship start and end dates will be determined by the NPS supervisor. This internship pays $10 an hour—$4,800 for the summer (40 hrs a week for 12 weeks, and includes housing)
Goals: Duties will be determined by conversations between staff at the Park and at UVA's Nau Civil War Center and may include historical research, frontline interpretation, and content development for the park website, NPS app, and social media sites. Potential areas of focus include untold stores, US Colored Troops, public memory, and Occupation /Reconstruction. The intern will be required to write a 2-page summary of their summer activities at the end of the internship. The summer internship includes housing at the Park.
About: Vicksburg National Military Park protects close to 2,000 acres in and around the city of Vicksburg, MS, commemorating the story of the siege of Vicksburg from May 18-July 4, 1863. Both Union and Confederate governments saw the vital importance in Vicksburg and its location for controlling the Mississippi River. Victory here gave the Union army control of the Mississippi River throughout the rest of the Civil War. The Military Park includes 1,325 historic monuments and markers, making it one of the largest collections of outdoor art in the world. The Military Park also tells the story of the occupation and post-war period of Reconstruction in Vicksburg. This is a unique time in the history of the park as it is in the initial stages of an expansion to manage new sites to better protect and interpret the larger Vicksburg Campaign.
 
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Terms: In partnership with the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park is seeking an undergraduate or a graduate intern with a background in nineteenth-century American history to work at the national park. This internship pays $10 an hour—$4,800 for the summer (40 hrs a week for 12 weeks, and includes housing). Internships start and end dates will be determined by the NPS supervisor. This internship is generously funded by the Carl Sewell family.
Goals: Duties will be determined by conversations between staff at the Park and at UVA's Nau Civil War Center and could include research, engagement with visitors to the Park, and preparation of historical papers, and work for the NPS websites.  The intern will be required to write a 2-page summary of their summer activities at the end of the internship. The summer internship includes housing at the Park.
About: The National Park Service unit headquartered in Fredericksburg encompasses four major Civil War battlefields, cemeteries containing U.S. soldiers, monuments from the commemorative era, and historic structures dating from the 18th through the 20th centuries. The site interprets a wide range of events, including the battles of Fredericksburg (1862) Chancellorsville (1863), the Wilderness (1864), and Spotsylvania (1864); the experience of black and white refugees; the trauma of civilians caught in the path of war; and postwar activities that recalled and interpreted the conflict.
 
Internship #3: Manassas National Battlefield Park  - POSITION FILLED
Manassas, Virginia
Terms: In partnership with the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, the Manassas National Battlefield Park is seeking an undergraduate or a graduate intern with a background in nineteenth-century American history to work at the national park. Internship start and end dates will be determined by the NPS supervisor. This internship pays $10 an hour—$4,800 for the summer (40 hrs a week for 12 weeks, and includes housing).
Goals: Duties will be determined by conversations between staff at the Park and at UVA's Nau Civil War Center and may include historical research, frontline interpretation, content development for the park website and social media sites, and curatorial assistance with routine museum housekeeping.  The intern will be required to write a 2-page summary of their summer activities at the end of the internship. The summer internship includes housing at the Park.
About: Manassas National Battlefield Park comprises approximately 5,000 acres and preserves the site of two major battles of the American Civil War – the First and Second Battles of Manassas (Bull Run).  Among the park’s historic features are multiple 19th century structures, military and civilian cemeteries, and commemorative monuments.  Areas of interpretive emphasis include: the military events surrounding the First and Second Battles of Manassas (1861 & 1862); how the two battles reflect the transformation of the Civil War in purpose, scale, and method; the experience of civilians, both free and enslaved; and the memorialization of the battlefield landscape.
 
Internship #4: Appomattox Court House National Historical Park - POSITION FILLED
Appomattox, Virginia
Terms: In partnership with the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is seeking an undergraduate or a graduate intern with a background in nineteenth-century American history to work at the national park. Internship start and end dates will be determined by the NPS supervisor. This internship pays $10 an hour—$4,800 for the summer (40 hrs a week for 12 weeks, and includes housing).
Goals: Duties will be determined by conversations between staff at the Park and at UVA's Nau Civil War Center to assist the park’s Curator and Historian.  In the curatorial realm the intern will assist the museum technician and the museum curator with routine housekeeping, and environmental monitoring in historic houses, exhibit spaces, and collection storage areas. The intern will also assist museum staff with conducting the mandatory Annual Inventory of Museum Property and help correct deficiencies in locations and documentation. The intern will learn to safely handle museum objects while unpacking and packing museum objects for storage, exhibits, or loans, as well as work on cataloging artifacts for the Park’s collection.  For the Park Historian the intern will research and begin compiling a master list of Appomattox Campaign casualties.  This will also include up updating the Appomattox Court House casualty list.  Some transcription work of letters and diaries may also occur. The intern will be required to write a 2-page summary of their summer activities at the end of the internship. The summer internship includes housing at the Park. 
About: The National Park Service unit at Appomattox Court House encompasses 1,700 acres, including the historic village and two Civil War battlefields, numerous cemeteries—military and civilian, several monuments from the commemorative era, and historic structures dating from to the 19th century. The site interprets a wide range of events, including the Appomattox Campaign; the battles of Appomattox Station and Appomattox Court House; the African American and white civilian experience; the surrender and the events/results stemming from the surrender on April 9, 1865.
 
Charlottesville, Virginia
Terms: Undergraduate student with strong research and writing skills, with a background in American history and familiarity with the local history of Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville a plus. The intern will work directly under the ACHS’s Executive Director and Programs & Volunteers Coordinator and work closely with the ACHS’s Research Librarian. The intern will research and write articles and pages to be published on the cvillpedia.org wiki, focused on local history during the Civil War and the 19th century. Workspace will be provided in our Downtown Charlottesville office, but the intern will have the ability to work remotely if needed. This internship pays $10 an hour—roughly $3,000 for the summer (30 hrs a week for 10 weeks).
Goals: Primary responsibilities include research in ACHS’s library, other local libraries as needed, and online digital databases, and writing articles for cvillepedia.org about local history during the Civil War and the 19th century. The intern will work with ACHS staff to assess relevant archival resources held in the Society’s collections that may be digitized and made accessible online. The intern may be asked to staff the Society’s library periodically and assist library patrons with their research. At the end of the summer, the intern will present on their work in an online program, and take part in a cvillepedia.org user cultivation event as a trainer.
Outcome: ACHS staff and the intern will work together to determine specific historical subjects, topics, events, people, etc. that the intern will create articles and pages for cvillepedia.org. At the end of the summer, the intern will have added a significant number of pages and articles to the site, and understand the processes involved with researching and writing for a local history wiki. The intern will be required to write a 2-page summary of their summer activities at the end of the internship.
About: The ACHS has served the local community for over 80 years. The role of the Society throughout this time has been to collect, preserve, and interpret local history. We envision a new role for local historical societies in the twenty-first century, embracing technology and digital archives to expand accessibility to historical information. Cvillepedia was created by Charlottesville Tomorrow in 2009 and has grown to be a source for community knowledge and history of the people, places, and events in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The ACHS, in partnership with Charlottesville Tomorrow and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, is initiating a comprehensive strategic plan for Cvillepedia’s future—to facilitate improvement and expansion through community partnerships, to ensure the site is an equitably accessible archive for local history, and to envision the platform as a community-driven historical resource for and by local citizens that benefits the whole community. The scope of information currently found within Cvillepedia is heavily weighted towards more modern history and current events. The ACHS proposes to use Cvillepedia as a platform to provide access to the historical records and materials found in our collections, and elsewhere, and cultivating local community users to create this information.
 
Internship #6: Daughters of Zion Cemetery  - POSITION FILLED
Charlottesville, Virginia
Research in historical records
Terms: Undergraduate student intern will conduct research on the cemetery’s early decades (1873-1900), in particular on the people buried in the cemetery who were born before or during the Civil War. Another focus will be the histories of the founders of the cemetery. This internship pays $10 an hour—roughly $3,000 for the summer.
Goals: The cemetery, a unique form of built landscape, offers a rich and largely unexplored site for documenting and interpreting the history of enslaved and free blacks in Charlottesville both before and after Emancipation. Founded during Reconstruction by the Daughters of Zion Society, a sororal organization, the private cemetery provided a dignified alternative to the segregated Oakwood Cemetery across the street; as such, it offers a unique framework for interpreting the history of the antebellum African Americans who founded self-help organizations and promoted African-American commerce, education, and entrepreneurship during Reconstruction. It also provides material for closer analysis of sororal African-American organizations, which have not received as much attention as their fraternal counterparts.
Outcomes: The intern will work closely with a UVA faculty member, as well as the Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery, to develop specific outcomes for the internship, which may include written research reports. The chief outcome will be new, primary research that amplifies the Civil War and Reconstruction history of the cemetery, and by extension, Charlottesville. The intern will be required to write a 2-page summary of their summer activities at the end of the internship.
About: The cemetery was founded in 1873 by a group of African-American women who wanted to provide private burial services and a cemetery for black Charlottesvillians. The Daughters of Zion Society also owned a community center, called Zion Hall, which housed many local civic and religious groups and events. After decades of neglect, another group of committed local women, the Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery, formed in 2015 to restore the cemetery. Their approach to restoration, which includes restoring its public memory as well as its physical beauty, constitutes a new paradigm for presenting the public history of African-American spaces.
  
Internship #7 American Civil War Museum- POSITION FILLED
Richmond, Virginia (and remote)
Exhibition research and educational materials
Terms: The Edward L. Ayers Center for Civil War & Emancipation Studies at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond seeks an undergraduate intern with coursework in history (19th-century US preferred but not required) and the following qualifications: some experience in primary source research and secondary reading; effective written and verbal communication skills; access to the internet and transportation to visit Richmond on occasion. The intern, who will report to the Curator of Exhibitions, needs to work well with minimal supervision. While the majority of this internship may be performed remotely, occasional tasks must be performed at the Museum’s Historic Tredegar location in Richmond. The American Civil War Museum is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Candidates who bring diverse experiences, perspectives, and talents are especially encouraged to apply. We believe that an inclusive culture among our staff is critical to implementing our mission to understand the Civil War era’s history and its impact on our lives today. This internship pays $10/hr for 300 hours of work over the course of 8 weeks in the summer; start and end dates to be negotiated with the employer.
Goals: The intern will work with the Exhibits team at the Ayers Center to provide research and other program support for several projects within “Remaking America,” a three-year initiative that will engage audiences with essential issues from the American Civil War Era through exhibits, programs, and other interpretive offerings.
Outcomes: Perform archival research in private manuscript, state government, and digital archives as necessary for four separate exhibition projects. Perform historiographical reporting for four separate exhibition projects. Provide support for testing interactive or conceptual elements on two exhibition projects. Provide support in developing supplemental material, such as potential gallery guides and educational resources for two exhibition projects. Conduct weekly meetings with Curator of Exhibits for progress updates and mentorship. Additional opportunities for professional learning and mentorship available based on interests and project requirements of both the intern and project.
About: The American Civil War Museum is a national resource for connecting people to the history and legacies of the American Civil War. With locations in Richmond and Appomattox, Virginia, the Museum explores the stories of the Civil War Era through our award-winning exhibits and programs. The Edward L. Ayers Center creates on- and off-site interpretive offerings that are strategic, engaging, accurate, relevant, and audience-centered. Through these offerings, visitors both emotionally and intellectually explore the cause, course, and legacies of the American Civil War era. Such offerings support the mission of the American Civil War Museum (ACWM); enhance relationships between the museum, its audiences, and its partners; and support the desired impact of the museum’s larger interpretive plan and strategic plan.
 
Charlottesville, Virginia
Twelve insternships available
Camp counselor/research assistants
Terms: Advanced undergraduate with background in American history. Interns will work with the President’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation on the history of the University of Virginia, 1865-1965. The interns will facilitate the Cornerstone Summer Institute (CSI) as a camp counselor. CSI is an eye-opening week-long summer program for high school students (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) that takes place at the University of Virginia. Students will explore grounds, Charlottesville, and historic sites (Monticello, Montpelier, etc.) to learn about slavery and its legacies, meanwhile developing thinking skills that prepare them for success in college and beyond. The program focuses on uncovering the history of the area through historical investigation, archaeological excavation, and community engagement. The standard 300 hours of work will be split: 200 hours for the camp and 100 hours of research.
The camp will run from June 18th-25th and student counselors will be expected to live on grounds from Thursday, June 16th through Saturday June 25th. They will also take part in training activities during the spring semester. We will provide housing and meals throughout the duration of the camp. After the camp ends, interns will shift to archival research, document photographing, and professional transcription/editing of historical documents. Intern should demonstrate strong organizational and analytic skills, ability to work independently, and write clearly. 
This internship pays $11/hr.
Goals: Primary responsibilities include mentoring and instructing high school students (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) learn about the history of slavery and its legacies in Charlottesville and reckon with their own racial identities and their place in the world. Each counselor will lead a project group of 5-6 campers and serve as a role model for all. After the camp ends, the intern will then shift to archival research, document photographing, and professional documentary transcription, proofreading, and writing of descriptive primary document-based essays as part of the university’s public confronting of its own difficult past. At the end of the summer, each intern will write a brief reflection on their experience with PCUAS.
Outcome: The intern will be expected to complete specific tasks as outlined above. At the end of the summer, the intern will have a detailed understanding of both the technical processes involved in archival research, public history, and the post-1865 history of the University of Virginia.
Background: The President’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation (PCUAS) is co-directed by Andrea Douglas, Executive Director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and Kirt von Daacke, Professor (History & American Studies) and Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences. PCUAS is funded by the President’s Office and is charged with exploring and reporting on UVA’s historical relationship with the era of segregation, especially as it connects to the Charlottesville/Albemarle community.
 
Charlottesville, Virginia (and remote)
Archaeological research
Terms: We seek an upper-level undergraduate student with strong research and writing skills, with relevant coursework in American History, African American Studies and/or Archaeology to serve as an archaeological research intern. The intern will assist with a digital project to document and interpret the history of archaeological investigation on the University of Virginia campus through a virtual exhibition. This work will include collecting and uploading data to a StoryMaps platform, describing objects and locations, and working on User Experience design to develop a coherent, interactive exhibit. 
Experience with material culture and digital history platforms, such as StoryMaps, is a plus, but no prior experience or training in digital technology or archaeological description is required. Internship start and end dates will be set by the supervisor. This internship pays $15 per hour for 80-100 hours over the course of 5-7 weeks, beginning in May 2022. The first week will include in-person work in Charlottesville, after which the internship can be completed remotely.
Goals: To expand a digital exhibition that features archival and archaeological research in an interactive, user-friendly format. Through research, maps, photography, and objects, the exhibition will offer a glimpse into the material lives of people who have lived at UVA. This interdisciplinary project will also increase accessibility of primary and archaeological sources, while placing them into their geographic spaces.
Outcomes: The intern will identify objects and primary sources to be highlighted in the exhibition. The intern will also contribute captions and metadata to the virtual platform, expanding the digital exhibition with catalog information and interpretive details. This work will help us better tell the stories of the many people who have lived, studied and labored on this land.
 
Richmond, Virginia
Archival processing assistant, corporate records 
Terms: undergraduate intern with coursework in history (20th-century US preferred) and the following qualifications: some experience in primary source research and secondary reading; effective written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge or interest in business history and course work in economics is a plus. The intern will report to the Senior Archivist. This internship will be performed onsite at our museum located in Richmond. The Virginia Museum of History and culture is committed to diversity and inclusion. Work schedule to be negotiated with the employer. Housing is to be provided by the candidate. This internship pays $15 per hour for 280 hours (roughly $4200).
Goals: The intern will work with the Senior Archivist and collections management staff to finish processing the Reynolds Metals Corporate records. Reynolds Metals, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, was one of the largest aluminum businesses in the world in the late 20th century. The Reynolds Metals Corporate records are one of the largest archival collections in the Virginia Museum of History and Culture’s holdings. 
Outcomes: Intern will arrange and describe a variety of records according to institutional practices, and conduct research on processed records to aid in the writing of a finding aid for use by researchers.  
About: The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society—a private, non-profit organization. The historical society is the oldest cultural organization in Virginia, and one of the oldest and most distinguished history organizations in the nation. For use in its state history museum and its renowned research library, the historical society cares for a collection of nearly nine million items representing the ever-evolving story of Virginia.