Civil War Era Studies Student Opportunities

Civil War Institute Fellows Program

The Fellows program provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in a shared intellectual experience centered around the American Civil War and take advantage of the unique resources provided by Gettysburg’s distinctive historical location. CWI Fellows expand their knowledge of the long Civil War era through facilitated discussion, experiential learning opportunities on the battlefield and in local museums, and, at times, participation in digital and video projects. Students who desire to pursue historical research with members of the CWI staff and hone their skills as an historian, interpreter, researcher, and writer will be provided ample opportunities to do so. Students in this paid fellowship program devote approximately five hours per week to their fellowship responsibilities.

Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program

The Civil War Institute’s Pohanka Program provides 10-week stipendiary summer internships at some of the nation’s best-known Civil War sites. Students selected to participate in the program work at well-known National Parks and private museums, giving public tours, assisting with curatorial and archival work, cultural resource management, and exhibition development, leading children’s programs, and conducting independent historical research. Participants receive a $2,500 stipend from CWI and free on-site housing at their respective sites. The Pohanka program is open to all matriculated Gettysburg College students regardless of major, although first-year, sophomore, and junior students receive priority in the selection process.

The Civil War Institute’s First Year Experience Program

This all-volunteer program is open to any First-Year students seeking to hone their skills as historians and eager to connect with Civil War scholars and engage in fun, interactive explorations of the Gettysburg battlefield. The program offers: Field experiences exploring the history and interpretation of the Gettysburg battlefield, group discussions of short scholarly readings and primary source documents, group workshops on how to conduct a successful interpretive program, opportunities to learn and practice original research for the Killed at Gettysburg  digital history project, and Zoom discussions with Civil War scholars and public historians to learn more about the Civil War era and the craft of public history, including preservation, interpretation, museum management & curation, and more. During the semester, students also often have the opportunity to present their own short interpretive program for their peers at a site on the battlefield of their choice. The program meets once-to-twice a month.