Nau Center Paid Summer Internships

The Nau Civil War Center is sponsoring nine paid summer internships for UVA students.

Applications are due by Sunday, February 5, 2023. Applications must include: your resume or CV; your unofficial transcript; and a short essay (roughly 2 pages, double spaced) that discusses your academic interests, your relevant experience, and the reasons you're interested in applying. In addition, please arrange for a professor, teaching assistant, or other supervisor to email a letter of recommendation to managing director Brian Neumann (bcn3xu@virginia.edu) by the deadline.

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List of internships:

Vicksburg National Military Park (Vicksburg, MS)

  • Terms: Vicksburg National Military Park is seeking an undergraduate or graduate intern with a background in 19th-century American history to work at the national park. This internship pays up to $4,800 for the summer ($10 an hour, 40 hours a week, for up to 12 weeks) and includes housing at the park or in the local community.
  • Goals: Duties 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. 
  • 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.
  • Click here to read a blog post about this internship!

 

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park (Fredericksburg, VA)

  • Terms: Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park is seeking an undergraduate intern with a background in 19th-century American history to work at the national park. This internship pays up to $4,800 for the summer ($10 an hour, 40 hours a week, for up to 12 weeks) and includes housing at the park. ​
  • Goals: Duties may include research, engagement with visitors to the Park, 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. 
  • 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.
  • Click here to read a blog post about this internship!

 

Manassas National Battlefield Park (Manassas, VA)

  • Terms: Manassas National Battlefield Park is seeking an undergraduate or graduate intern with a background in 19th-century American history to work at the national park. This internship pays up to $4,800 for the summer ($10 an hour, 40 hours a week, for up to 12 weeks) and includes housing at the park.
  • Goals: Duties 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. 
  • 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.
  • Click here to read a blog post about this internship

 

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park (Appomattox, VA)

  • Terms: Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is seeking an undergraduate or graduate intern with a background in 19th-century American history to work at the national park. This internship pays up to $4,800 for the summer ($10 an hour, 40 hours a week, for up to 12 weeks) and includes housing at the park.
  • Goals: The intern will 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 help compile a master list of Appomattox Campaign casualties. 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.
  • 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.
  • Click here to read a blog post about this internship

 

Antietam National Battlefield (Sharpsburg, MD)

  • Terms: Antietam National Battlefield is seeking an undergraduate or graduate intern with a background in 19th-century American history to work at the national park. This internship pays up to $4,800 for the summer ($10 an hour, 40 hours a week, for up to 12 weeks) and includes housing at the park or in the local community.
  • Goals: Duties may include historical research, frontline interpretation, working at the park visitor center, and content development for the park website and social media sites. The intern will be required to write a 2-page summary of their summer activities at the end of the internship.
  • About: This National Park Service unit encompasses roughly 3,000 acres, including the battlefield site, national military cemetery, field hospital museum, and nearly one hundred monuments. Areas of interpretive emphasis include: soldiers' and civilians' battlefield experiences, slavery and emancipation, and Civil War memory.

 

American Civil War Museum (Richmond, VA)

  • Terms: The American Civil War Museum in Richmond is seeking two undergraduate interns with coursework in history (19th-century US preferred but not required) and the following qualifications: some experience in primary source research and secondary reading, and effective written and verbal communication skills. 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. Each of these internships pays up to $3,000 for the summer ($10 an hour for up to 300 hours of work over the course of 8 weeks) and include stipends to help cover housing costs.
  • Goals: The interns will perform archival research in private manuscript, state government, and digital archives as necessary for several exhibition projects. They may also help test the interactive or conceptual elements of the exhibit projects and help develop supplemental material, including gallery guides and educational resources. Additional opportunities for professional learning and mentorship are available based on the interns' academic interests and the project requirements. The interns will be required to write a 2-page summary of their summer activities at the end of the internship.
  • 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; 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.

 

Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (Charlottesville, VA)

  • Terms: The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (ACHS) is seeking an undergraduate intern with strong research and writing skills. A background in American history and familarity with the local history of Albemarle County is 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. This internship pays up to $3,000 for the summer ($10 an hour, 30 hours a week, for up to 10 weeks) and includes a stipend to help cover housing costs.
  • Goals: The intern will conduct research in ACHS's library and online digital databases and write 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. 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, collecting, preserving, and interpreting local history. We envision a new role for local historical societies in the 21st 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.
  • Click here to read a blog post about this internship

 

Nau Civil War Center Digital Research (Charlottesville, VA)

  • Terms: The Nau Center is seeking an undergraduate or graduate intern with a background in 19th-century American history to assist with our new digital history project, entitled "Letters Home." This internship pays up to $3,000 for the summer ($10 an hour, 30 hours a week, for up to 10 weeks) and includes a stipend to help cover housing costs.
  • Goals: Duties will include reading transcribed copies of Civil War letters, conducting research on Ancestry.com, writing biographies of the soldiers and their families, and entering information into our project database. The intern will be required to write a 2-page summary of their summer activities at the end of the internship.
  • About: The John L. Nau III Civil War History Collection, located in UVA's Special Collections Library, contains thousands of letters, diaries, and photographs from the Civil War era. The Nau Center is creating a database and website to make this material accessible to scholars around the world. The website will feature transcriptions of the letters along with biographies of the soldiers and their families, interactive maps, and interpretive essays.