Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships
Fort Ticonderoga offers four graduate fellowships for students seeking a practical, hands-on internship experience at a historic site and museum with cutting-edge programs. Positions available June 15-August 15, 2015, include internships in Collections, Exhibitions, Interpretation, and Education.
Internship Focus for 2015
Each year Fort Ticonderoga’s interpretation focuses on a specific year in the Fort’s multi-layered history. Internships in 2015 will focus on the year 1777 in preparation for exhibitions, programs, and educational initiatives to be offered to the public in 2016.
Fort Ticonderoga seeks graduate students in museum studies, museum education, public history, history, American studies, or military history. Interns will need to be self-motivated and able to work independently as well as contribute to a dedicated team to create and develop ground-breaking exhibitions and programs for a diverse audience. Qualified undergraduates are welcome to apply.
Interns during the summer of 2015 will focus their research and creative energy to support exhibitions and programs related to the year 1777 at Fort Ticonderoga. While working individually with their project supervisors, interns will also meet and work together throughout the two month experience. Interns will have an opportunity to work with the Fort’s professional staff as part of our team-approach to all major projects. Professional development opportunities during the internships will include visits from outside scholars and a field trip to Saratoga National Historical Park. In general, project-specific work will encompass about 50% of the intern’s time. The remaining half will be taken up with day-to-day tasks in their department, providing a wide-ranging experience working at a historic site.
Each Graduate Fellow will receive a $2,500 stipend plus a housing stipend. Fort Ticonderoga has made arrangements for nearby housing, but the individual intern willl need to enter into the rental agreement and pay the rent directly.
Graduate and undergraduate students interested in applying for an Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowship should contact Rich Strum, Director of Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Individual internship descriptions for each fellowship follow:
- Graduate Fellowship in Education
- Graduate Fellowship in Interpretation
- Graduate Fellowship in Exhibitions
- Graduate Fellowship in Collections
All applications for Graduate Fellowships are due by April 1, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by April 15, 2015.
The Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships at Fort Ticonderoga are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional support comes from the Edward W. Pell Education Endowment at Fort Ticonderoga and other generous individual donors.
Fort Ticonderoga has a number of collaborative partnerships with colleges and universities.
- Champlain College students use Fort Ticonderoga as a case study for real-life experience in marketing, public relations, and graphic design.
- Norwich University’s Masters in Military History program utilizes the resources at Fort Ticonderoga.
- New York University students use Fort Ticonderoga as a case study for learning in a museum/historic site setting.
- Fort Ticonderoga works with the Heritage Interpretation program at Penn State University.
- Castleton State College collaborates with Fort Ticonderoga to offer graduate credits for teachers taking part in the Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute and the NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for School Teachers.
College Career and Intern Fairs
Fort Ticonderoga staff regularly participates at Career and Intern Fairs at:
- Castleton State College (Castleton, Vermont)
- Champlain College (Burlington, Vermont)
- Siena College (Loudonvile, New York)
- SUNY Plattsburgh (Plattsburgh, New York)
Fort Ticonderoga collaborates with Castleton State College and the College of St. Joseph to offer graduate credits for educators participating in certain professional development opportunities at Fort Ticonderoga. Learn more.
Fort Ticonderoga expects to begin a formal undergraduate internship program in the summer of 2016. Fort Ticonderoga does work with individual undergraduate students seeking internship opportunities in Museum Education, Heritage Interpretation and Living History, Marketing, Graphic Design, Public Relations, Curatorial and Archives, Horticulture, Non-Profit Business, and Fund-Raising for uniquely qualified students.