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 13-August 12, 2016, include internships in Exhibitions, Interpretation, Horticulture, and Education.
Internship Focus for 2016
Each year Fort Ticonderoga’s interpretation focuses on a specific year in the Fort’s multi-layered history. Internships in 2016 will focus on the year 1757 in preparation for exhibitions, programs, and educational initiatives to be offered to the public in 2017. While the Horticulture Fellowship will also focus in part on 1757, the Horticulture Fellow's focus will be broader.
Fort Ticonderoga seeks graduate students in museum studies, museum education, public history, history, public horticulture, 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 2016 will focus their research and creative energy to support exhibitions and programs related to the year 1757 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 related French & Indian War sites. 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 housing on-site.
Meet Our 2016 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellows
Riley Clark-Long discovered his passions for plants and history while growing up in Eastern Connecticut exploring the local farms and forests. Previous work as a summer camp Ecology instructor and as an intern for the Connecticut Department of Agriculture has increased his interest in preservation and environmental education. Graduating from Connecticut College in May 2016 with a Major in Environmental Studies and Minor in Anthropology, Clark-Long is excited to conduct horticultural research at one of the most important historical sites in the Northeast!
Elizabeth Scully grew up in a small town on Long Island and has always had a love for history and museums. She received a B.A. in History from Adelphi University where her focus was on early American history. Currently she is pursuing a Master's degree in Museum Studies from New York University. When she receives her degree in May 2017 she hopes to work as a museum educator at a historic site developing and teaching programs for school groups.
James (Jimmy) Wils is a Ph.D. Student in Public History at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, and holds a Master’s degree in American Military History from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Wils is passionate about the colonial, Revolutionary, and Early Republican periods of American history, and is currently working on his dissertation about the physical memorial culture of the Early American Republic. When he is not thinking, reading, or writing about the past, Wils enjoys spending time with his wife, Stephanie, and his beautiful twin daughters, Reagan and Kinley.
Connor Wilson earned a Bachelor's in History at the University of Oklahoma, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Public History at Texas State University. He is very interested in the colonial period, and looks forward to the chance to improve his knowledge and skills here at Fort Ticonderoga. Connor was awarded the Griswold Prize for Excellence in 2014 for his essay, "Benjamin Franklin and George Adams, Jr.: Enlightenment Entrepreneurs."
2017 Graduate Fellowships
Information about our 2017 Graduate Fellowships will be posted by late fall 2016.
The Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships at Fort Ticonderoga are made possible in part with support from the Edward W. Pell Education Endowment at Fort Ticonderoga and other generous individual donors.
Undergraduate Internships through the McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution at Siena College
Fort Ticonderoga and the McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution at Siena College are collaborating to provide internship opportunities for students in museum education, collections management, and exhibitions in the summer of 2016. The McCormick Center provides students with personally meaningful leadership and learning opportunities to advance history education in New York State. This year's internships run from May 23-June 10, 2016.
Meet our 2016 Siena College Interns
Kristen Doyle is completing a major in American Studies and a Certificate in Revolutionary Era Studies. She is a member of Siena’ College’s History Club, the Siena Chorus and Stage III, the College’s theater club. The Fort Ticonderoga undergraduate research fellowship is her first history research opportunity and she is very excited about what she will learn.
Liam MacDonald is a native of the Greater Boston area and an unabashed history buff. He is a History Education major with a special interest in the American Revolution, the English Atlantic World and contemporary U.S. politics. After graduation in 2018, he plans on pursuing a teaching career.
Greg Tirenin grew up in Rome, New York, where he volunteers at Fort Stanwix National Monument. He is completing a major in History and a Certificate in Revolutionary Era Studies. After he completes his summer internship at Fort Ticonderoga he will study abroad in London. After graduation in 2018, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in history.
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 University 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 University (Castleton, Vermont)
- Champlain College (Burlington, Vermont)
- Siena College (Loudonville, New York)
- SUNY Plattsburgh (Plattsburgh, New York)
Fort Ticonderoga collaborates with Castleton University to offer graduate credits for educators participating in certain professional development opportunities at Fort Ticonderoga. Learn more.