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Posted: 02/03/2016

Historic Westville

Historic Westville is an outdoor museum currently located in Lumpkin, Georgia. The museum is comprised of 30 historic buildings and structures, the majority of which were built in the early 1800s. Previously, HW used these buildings, structures, and collections items to interpret the 19th century South, specifically southern Georgia and Alabama, through school programs, special events, and guided tours. The museum closed its doors to the public on December 26, 2015 to relocate operations to the closest city, Columbus. This will include the physical relocation of the buildings, as well as an overhaul and redesign of the interpretive programming. During the move, the museum will remain visible in the community by partnering with other cultural institutions and offering educational outreach programs to area schools.

Public History Internship
Internship Opportunity
Columbus, GA
$750/month stipend


Historic Westville is seeking 1-2 interns to assist the Director of Interpretation with program development for the new interpretive plan to be executed at the new site when it is opened. As a museum, Historic Westville is striving to become a community clearinghouse for the presentation and discussion of past social, economic, and political issues and how such issues affect communities today. We are looking for interns who want to agitate the status quo regarding interpretation, and are enthusiastic about public history and its potential to help develop awareness and critical thinking among diverse audiences.




We are more than happy to work with students who would like to complete an internship for school credit. Specific internship expectations, outcomes, deadlines, etc. will be discussed and established on an individual basis between the Intern and the Director of Interpretation

Qualifications include experience conducting primary and secondary research, working knowledge of 19th century American history, (particularly southern history), experience working with or within an historical organization or museum. Graduate students pursuing a degree in history, public history, or related field  preferred.


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How to apply
Please send your résumé, cover letter, and availability to Savannah Grandey at interpretation@westville.org. In the cover letter, explain how your past work or course experience qualifies you for this internship. Please include “Internship” in the subject line. Submit these materials by March 1, 2016.

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