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Historic Trades Internship- George Washington Entrepreneur

  • 16 Dec 2021 9:55 AM
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    Historic Trades Internship Application

    Due Date: Friday, February 11, 2022

    Apply online at http://www.mountvernon.org/about/employment/open-positions-at-mount-vernon/?gnk=apply&gni=8a78859f7da6812c017dbf501cc562bf&gns=ALHFAM-Association+for+Living+History+Farming+and+Agricultural+Museums

    Or Apply by mail with the attached application

    Historic Trades at George Washington’s Mount Vernon is accepting applications for the George Washington: Entrepreneur summer internship program. With focus on the Farm and George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill, the internship provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to become immersed in 18th century history, agriculture, and industry.

    The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association has maintained the home of George Washington since 1858. Located 16 miles south of Washington, DC, Mount Vernon is the most visited historic home in America and welcomes over one million visitors annually. Situated on the main estate, the Farm is a four acre working farm that interprets Washington’s innovation in the promotion of sustainable agriculture. George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill highlights the industrial aspects of Mount Vernon. Located three miles from the main estate, the reconstructed gristmill utilizes waterpower 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 fully functional reconstruction of Washington’s whiskey distillery.

    This program is open to undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of college as of June 6, 2022, and will not have graduated as of June 6, 2022. Applicants should be comfortable with public speaking and available during the entire ten week internship period of June 6 through August 12, 2022. Candidates with a background or a keen interest in history are preferred. 

    This position requires the ability to work outdoors in hot and humid weather; to do rigorous physical activity including demonstrating 18th century farming methods, field work, and milling; to work in a dusty environment; to lift and carry 50 pounds; to work with 18th century tools and implements; to conduct hands-on activities; and to greet and talk with numerous guests of all ages.

    All interns will complete a training program in interpretive methodology and historical content. Key topics include 18th century economics and agricultural methods, distilling and milling, and slavery. Upon completion of training, interns will work as full-time Historic Trades interpreters under the direction of the professional interpretive staff. Interns will be expected to work a five day, 40-hour week that will include every other weekend and some evenings. Interns will be expected to wear period clothing, provided by Mount Vernon. In addition, interns will participate in department sponsored field trips to other historic sites and museums in the region. Interns will be required to complete a short research project on George Washington, agriculture, 18th century trades, or related topics. Historic Trades staff will work with colleges and universities to ensure that, if applicable, course credit requirements are met.

    This is a paid internship, and interns receive reimbursement for travel expenses to and from Mount Vernon. As employees of Mount Vernon, interns are required to adhere to Mount Vernon’s Employee Handbook policies. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination and up-to-date tetanus vaccination will be required before the first day of work. For more information about the program, please visit https://www.mountvernon.org/about/employment/historic-trades-internship/

    Please include the following with your application:


    In essay format, please address the following:

    • Your unique or noteworthy qualifications for the George Washington: Entrepreneur internship
    • What the George Washington: Entrepreneur internship represents to you
    • The importance of preserving George Washington’s Mount Vernon
    • Why George Washington and his legacy remain relevant and important in the 21st century This document should be a maximum of two typed, double-spaced pages, and submitted as separate .doc or .pdf file.


    Please list and describe three specific activities or projects relevant to the George Washington: Entrepreneur internship. These may be academic papers you have written or presented; employment or leadership positions you have held; experiences in museums, history interpretation, or living history organizations; work in agricultural settings; public speaking; travel; or other experiences. This document should be a maximum of one typed, double-spaced page, and submitted as separate .doc or .pdf file.


    Please attach a brief chronological resume, not to exceed two pages, submitted as a .doc or .pdf file.


    Please attach an unofficial transcript as provided by your college or university’s registrar’s office. Transcripts should include declared major, grades for each course, and cumulative GPA. If you have attended more than one college or university, provide a transcript for each. Generally, transcripts for undergraduates are one page, succinct, and easily read. Downloads of your grades from your university’s web portal or other website are not acceptable. Please submit as a .pdf (no .jpgs) to your application.


    This recommendation should be written by a professor from your major’s department. He or she should elaborate on the following questions:

    •  How would you describe the interest, enthusiasm, and ability of this applicant in his/her major?
    •  Is he/she able to address groups and/or unfamiliar audiences?
    •  Do you believe he/she can engage with a varied audience interpreting history, agriculture, etc. at Mount Vernon?

    This recommendation should be submitted on university or college letterhead. It can be attached to the application by the applicant or emailed to gwentrepreneur@mountvernon.org in .doc or .pdf format.


    This recommendation should be written by your faculty advisor, a professor or teacher, an employer, or your supervisor for a volunteer activity. He or she should elaborate on the following questions:

    • What are the general abilities of this applicant relative to his/her volunteer activities, academic achievements, and/or employment?
    • Which skills or traits do you believe would make this applicant a strong candidate to participate in this internship?

    This recommendation should be submitted on university or college letterhead. It can be attached to the application by the applicant or emailed to gwentrepreneur@mountvernon.org in .doc or .pdf format

    The George Washington: Entrepreneur internship is offered through the generous support of foundations honoring Ezra Taft Benson and Russell G. Mawby, and by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

    Mount Vernon is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to building and retaining a team that represents a variety of skills, experiences and perspectives.  All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, performance, and qualifications without regard to race, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, gender/sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital or domestic partnership status, veteran and military status, family or parental status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. Mount Vernon will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

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