The purpose of the internship program at Historic Stagville is to provide students with experience working at one of North Carolina’s most unique historic sites. Individuals have the opportunity to develop a variety of skills, all of which are transferable to careers in both public and private sectors:
- Customer Service
- Public Speaking
- Program Development
- Volunteer Recruitment and Management
- Marketing and Publicity
- Facilities Management
Internships at Historic Stagville have a minimum requirement of 150 hours. Interns are expected to spend several hours at Historic Stagville each week. The exact days of work will be decided upon between the Assistant Site Manager and the intern at the start of the internship.
The general outline and duties of interns are:
Weeks 1-2: Training. Interns must read the Volunteer Training Manual and follow experienced docents giving public tours. Students will submit a 3-4 page reflection on the first six sections of the docent manual by the end of the second week. By the end of week 2 interns must be able to independently lead tours of Historic Stagville.
Week 3-6: Depending on the pathway [see below] determine and have approved by the Assistant Site Manager the internship project. The internship project must be submitted in writing. During these weeks, interns must give public tours and assist in the gift shop as needed when they are on site.
Weeks 7-11: In conjunction with the Assistant Site Manager develop, research, and produce the internship project. During these weeks, interns must give public tours and assist in the gift shop as needed when they are on site.
Weeks 12-16: Complete and present internship project. Participate in an internship self-evaluation session with the Assistant Site Manager.
Along with the project a weekly journal should be submitted to the Assistant Site Manager. This can be short, a page and a half to two pages on what you have completed that week. This should include what you have done at the site that week, any new things you have learned and anything that reinforces what you are studying in school. Submit your journal before the beginning of your following week of work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All interns will write an article for the Bennehan Bulletin. This needs to be approximately 500 words. The topic must relate to Stagville but, can vary on any aspect of antebellum life. This needs to be an academic article that is footnoted. The final topic will be decided on between the intern and Assistant Site Manager.
All interns need to pick two museum or public history professionals to interview. Beneficial interviewees will be discussed between the Assistant Site Manager and the intern. When these are done is decided by the intern and the interviewee; however, they must be completed before week 11 of the internship and happen outside of the regular internship hours. Questions they will ask need to be submitted to the Assistant Site Manager at least a week prior to the interview. After the interviews interns must submit a 2-3 page reflection on what they gained from this interaction.
There are three major pathways for interns at Historic Stagville:
- Research and Independent Study
Interns following the education pathway include things such as the junior interpreters program or the camper program.
Junior interpreters are students ages 7-14 who have shown an independent interest in history generally and Historic Stagville particularly. Junior interpreters meet once each quarter around a particular, pre-determined theme:
- Fall: Holidays and Celebrations
- Winter: Domestic Life
- Spring: Agriculture
- Summer: Animals
Junior interpreters meet for 4 hours on a Saturday. It is the intern’s responsibility to:
- Plan and prepare activities for the junior interpreters;
- Register and recruit junior interpreters;
- Ensure an adequate number of staff and volunteers will be on hand to properly and safely supervise the junior interpreters;
- Document, using photographs and text, the junior interpreter program they devised.
All junior interpreter programs must reflect both the European American and African American experience at Historic Stagville.
Historic Stagville offers a 20 hour per week summer camp for interested students. Historic Stagville also offers intercession and teacher workday camps. Interns who wish to participate in the camper program will be responsible for:
- Plan and prepare both educational and recreational age-appropriate activities for campers;
- Register and recruit campers;
- Work with other interns, paid staff, and volunteers to ensure that programs are cohesive;
- Ensure an adequate number of staff and volunteers will be on hand to properly and safely supervise campers;
- Document, using photographs and text, the programs they devised.
All camper programs must reflect both the European American and African American experience at Historic Stagville.
In addition, education interns are expected to participate and contribute to any public events (Forever Free, Christmas at Stagville, Family Fun Day) that occur during their internship.
Interns following the genealogy pathway will be primarily involved in expanding our genealogical database. Our enslaved descendant database contains over 2500 names. In addition, there are many branches of the Cameron family that need to be researched and recorded.
Interns following the genealogy pathway will be responsible for:
- Making a significant contribution to either the enslaved descendant or Cameron family tree database;
- Making the general public aware of this ongoing project by making contact with existing groups that may be interested, by using social networking sites or by other means;
- Creating a display, notebook, or some other representation. for use in the Visitors’ Center that evidences their contribution;
- Participating at a public event (Forever Free, Christmas at Stagville, Family Fun Day or an event at another location such as the Museum of NC History) and highlighting, promoting, and explaining the genealogy project.
In addition, genealogy interns may be asked to participate and contribute to any education events (camps, junior interpreter programs, field trip groups) that occur during their internship.
Research/Independent Study Pathway:
Interns following the research/independent study pathway will be primarily involved in undertaking a research project of their own devising. There are many areas about Historic Stagville that remain under-researched such as life among the overseers, or Native Americans.
Interns following this pathway can choose their area of research and the research project (in the past interns have done research on outbuilding, created virtual tours, and built models of Holman House). All interns following this pathway must:
- Make a significant contribution to ongoing research;
- Create a display, notebook, etc. for use in the Visitors’ Center that evidences their work and that visitors can access;
- Participate at public (Forever Free, Christmas at Stagville, Family Fun Day) and education events (camps, field trips) that occur during their internship.