Phi Alpha Theta: George Washington Entrepreneur Internship Program

Those history majors who are in Phi Alpha Theta may be interested in the following opportunity sent by Steven T. Bashore.  If  interested,  contact your advisor, or email the internship coordinanator directly: PFGMInterns@

The Department of Historic Trades at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate is currently accepting applications for its George Washington: Entrepreneur Internship program. Internships are offered at two living history sites:  George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site or George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill.  These residential internships will run from June 6 through August 12, 2011.   These programs have been generously funded through the support of foundations honoring Ezra Taft Benson and Russell G. Mawby, and by the Caterpillar Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The George Washington: Pioneer Farmer exhibition area is a four-acre working farm site that interprets Washington’s innovation in the promotion of sustainable agriculture.  George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill site, which is located three miles from the main Estate, highlights the industrial aspects of Mount Vernon.  The reconstructed gristmill is fully functional, utilizing water power to operate millstones grinding corn and wheat. The gristmill is equipped with an Oliver Evans automated milling system for processing flour.  The site also is home to a reconstruction of Washington’s whiskey distillery.  The distillery is also fully functional and demonstrations are conducted throughout the season.

Open to college students, ages 18-22, these internships are highly competitive. Mount Vernon will select up to six students to participate during the summer 2011.  These internships offer students the unique opportunity to join the staff in Historic Trades and become immersed in 18th-century history while actually living on the grounds of George Washington’s estate.  Interns working at these sites will be required to wear period clothing in all types of weather. All interns will receive extensive training in interpretive methodology and historical content. Key topics will include 18thcentury economics and agricultural methods, distilling and milling, and the lives of the Mount Vernon slaves.

All students accepted into the program will receive round-trip transportation to Mount Vernon, housing on the estate, and a weekly stipend of $200.  Every student will work a five-day, forty-hour per week schedule, which will include every other weekend.  Participating interns also will be required to complete a research project.  As representatives of Mount Vernon, interns are required to adhere to Mount Vernon’s code of conduct and personnel policies.  Mount Vernon will be happy to work with colleges and universities to ensure that, if applicable, course credit requirements are met.

Located 16 miles south of Washington, DC, Mount Vernon is the most visited historic estate in America – welcoming over one million visitors annually.  The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which has maintained the home of Washington since 1858, currently owns 500 of Washington’s original 8,000 acres – 50 of which are open to the public.  To learn more about theses internships and to download an application, students can visit www., click on Learn, click on Students and Teachers and then choose Be an Intern from the menu on the right side of the page.

We are looking for highly motivated students who will enjoy the challenges and benefits of participating in this program.  We will be happy to discuss the internship in more detail with you and any students who are interested in applying.


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