My time as a Historical Interpreter Intern at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park has been some of the most fulfilling months of my life. Unsure that a career in the National Park Service was right for me, I quickly discovered my love for interpretation and sharing the stories of such important places in our country's narrative. The incredible staff made interns feel nothing but welcomed, encouraged us where needed, but were also super receptive to all our interests and comfort levels. The friendships I've made this summer will undoubtedly last a lifetime. Not to mention the important skills I've gained and developed this summer - from research and public speaking, to confidence and empathy, to critical thinking and asking the tough questions - I will take all of these with me as I move forward with my career in the NPS. I highly recommend this experience for anyone remotely interested in a career with the NPS or public history - or anyone who's looking for an exciting, meaningful way to spend their summer.

Shannon Doherty, Interpretation Intern, Summer/Fall 2021

An internship with Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park provides an unforgettable, invaluable experience.

While we offer a variety of internships, the most plentiful position is in the Branch of Interpretation and Eduction. Summer interns can expect to work 5 days a week. Spring and fall interns work 2-5 days per week. Weekend work may be required. Other internships are offered as available, depending on workloads and available projects.

Interns share park housing with seasonal employees and other volunteers, and must participate in housecleaning assignments. Interns can expect to have their own rooms. Park housing include kitchen and laundry facilities. A stipend providing meals and mileage reimbursement is offered to residential interns.

If you are looking to apply for seasonal employment, the check online at USAJobs to see which parks are hiring.

Interpretation and Education Internships

Our summer 2024 internship posiitons have been filled. The internship application is open on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please inquire about available positions beyond summer 2024.

Interpretation interns work on the front lines of history by serving the public and sharing the past with modern visitors, fine-tuning both their research and presentation skills. Our internship program is an excellent opportunity for students and recent graduates to apply knowledge learned in the classroom, gain experience, meet professionals in the field, and determine which aspect of their chosen field is of greatest interest. Most interns serve during the summer season and work 40-hour work weeks. However, fall/winter and spring part-time internship positions may be available.

Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP)

We are not currently accepting applications for the TTAP program.

Last updated: April 5, 2024

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