Public History Internship

Expected Dates
May 28, 2019 to August 19, 2019
Stones River National Battlefield
Position ID
Public History Interns will work with and learn from National Park Service employees and volunteers as they help the public find meaningful ways to make intellectual and emotional connections to the cultural and natural resources of Stones River National Battlefield.

After completing the required online training courses and orientation training at the park, intern will participate in the following visitor services activities/duties.
  • Provide informal interpretation and orientation information to the public at the park’s visitor center;
  • Conduct park roves to offer interpretive opportunities to visitors throughout the battlefield and monitor the condition of park resources;
  • Research, prepare and present guided tours and formal talks to visitors; and
  • Research and prepare at least one non-personal interpretative media item. Products may include: publications such as a rack card or site bulletin, videos, temporary museum exhibit, web page(s), social media posts, and smart phone apps.

Interns will also learn the skills necessary to perform a number museum management tasks including:

  • Accessioning and cataloging objects and archives;
  • Environmental monitoring and routine collections housekeeping;
  • Digitizing, transcribing and organizing archival collections; and
  • Developing and fabricating temporary museum exhibits.

Interns will receive training in the safe use of 19th century muskets and artillery and have the chance to participate in the park’s living history programs during the summer. Interns will also assist in management of special events and group volunteer projects. Approximately 10 percent of an interns time will be spent working on resource management projects such as exotic plant management.


  • Stones River National Battlefield is a 650 acre park that commemorates the Battle of Stones River, one of the most important battles of the American Civil War. It is located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a rapidly growing urban area near the geographic center of the state, located about 30 miles south of Nashville. Murfreesboro is home to Middle Tennessee State University, one of the largest colleges in the state.
  • National Park Service developmental training online. The first full week of June will be orientation training. On the job training in interpretive skills, resource management tasks, and customer service.
  • Murfreesboro has all the entertainment, shopping, and dining a typical medium sized college town might have.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
some experience
Social Media
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience