Interested in a career in heritage tourism? Check back for paid and unpaid opportunities with the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area.

Current Opening: Summer Intern — Applications due May 15

The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area is offering an internship with an emphasis on Communications and Media, Development and Events in the summer of 2021. 

Application deadline: May 15, 2021

Internship dates: Summer 2021 (start and end dates are flexible, but a late May or early June launch is desired.)

Compensation: $11.75/hour for up to 330 hours (roughly 30 hours per week for eleven weeks)

Hours: 30 hours/week during regular business hours, M-F (exact times TBD, some weeks may require a flexible schedule
with possible evening or weekend - schedule to be determined with candidate)

Location: HCWHA offices at 22 S. Market Street, Suite 215, Frederick, MD 21701 (with the possibility of some work-
from-home time). In-office work requires compliance with COVID-19 safety measures as requested by our landlord
(Federated Charities) and required by the State of Maryland.

Position Description: The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area will offer a 2021 summer internship providing the opportunity to participate in projects and ongoing heritage area work related to communications and media (all types, including digital/social), development, and events. The intern will contribute to several projects that may enhance their portfolio, such as an update to the heritage area brochure (both interpretive and promotional), press materials, guest blog posts, materials for annual fund solicitations, and annual meeting planning. Help with projects at the historic Newcomer House, the Heart of the Civil War Visitor Center (near Sharpsburg, MD), may also be included.

About the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area: The mission of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area is to promote the stewardship of our historic, cultural, and natural Civil War resources; encourage superior visitor experiences; and stimulate tourism, economic prosperity, and educational development, thereby improving the quality of life in our community for the benefit of both residents and visitors. 

HCWHA became certified as part of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program in July 2006. It is an independent nonprofit organization guided by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Council comprised of representatives of local government units, state and national parks, private organizations and businesses, and individuals from all three counties in the Heritage Area. HCWHA employs an Executive Director and Assistant Director, both full-time.

Qualifications: Undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students are invited to apply. We are particularly interested in public history students, or students pursuing communications/marketing with an interest in nonprofits, history and/or the arts.

Academic programs related to tourism are also relevant.

Ability to produce clear and accurate written content, knowledge of basic administrative programs (i.e. Microsoft Office
suite and G-suite)

Strong organizational skills and accuracy, attention to detail and ability to multitask.

Enthusiasm for history relevance and knowledge of local, particularly Civil War, history is a plus.

Additional considerations: Students will provide their own housing. Access to a car is not required but could be helpful (mileage will be reimbursed). At-home work may require students to use personal laptops, but at-home work is not a given.

To apply: Submit your one-page resume and cover letter to Include specifics about experience with public history, media-related software, digital programs, and video creation.