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.
2015 Graduate Fellowships
Cathrine Davis is a Michigan native and a recent graduate cum laude of Western Michigan University. She holds degrees in Anthropology, French, and Public History, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She has participated in excavations at the site of Fort St. Joseph (Niles, MI), at several farmstead sites included in the Finger Lakes National Forest Archaeological Project (Hector, NY), and at Fort St. Jean (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC). As part of her undergraduate studies, she spent a year at Université Laval (Québec City, QC), where she took courses in history, archaeology, museum studies, and French. While at Laval she conducted much of the research necessary for the production of her undergraduate honors thesis, entitled “Lead Seals from Colonial Fort St. Joseph (20BE23).” Her previous positions include site photographer for the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, and collections intern at The History Museum (formerly the Center for History) in South Bend, IN. Her academic interests include the material culture of the fur trade, the textile industry in 18th century Europe, transatlantic trade and trading companies, and the archaeology of New France and early America. She plans to begin her Master’s program in History at Université Laval this autumn, and is excited to work with the staff and visitors this summer at Fort Ticonderoga.
Heather M. Haley is a graduate teaching fellow in the History Department at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Her historical research interests focus on American military history, specifically the American military presence in Vietnam. She is currently working toward her Master's degree in military history with a concentration in public history. Heather has a keen interest in the American Revolution and how it set the foundation of contemporary U.S. military doctrine and strategy.
Matthew P. Schlicksup is a graduate student in Anthropology and Museum Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has a background in archaeology and his current research interests focus on the French colonial presence in the Great Lakes region. Matthew is also interested in public engagement at heritage sites, has been involved in building interpretive displays for the National Park Service in the Virgin Islands and for outdoor museums in Ohio, and currently works as a historic interpreter at Old World Wisconsin. As a graduate fellow at Fort Ticonderoga, he looks forward to pursuing his personal interest in early modern military history, fortifications, and artillery.
Richard Tomczak is a Ph.D. student of early American history at Stony Brook Univeristy. His research focuses on the material and social condition of the New York Provincial Companies in the Seven Years' War. He received his Bachelors and Master's in History at SUNY Brockport, where he completed a Master's thesis on elite prisoners of war in the Revolutionary South.
2016 Graduate Fellowships
Information about our 2016 Graduate Fellowships will be posted in late fall 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 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. Fort Ticonderoga is currently seeking an undergraduate intern for the following:
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 (Loudonville, 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.