Historical Research Intern | American Battle Monuments Commission


Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with American Battle Monuments Commission is seeking TWO Historical Research Interns interested in dedicating 10 weeks in support of the ABMC. The selected applicants will be responsible will be conducting research on the minorities, women and volunteers interred or memorialized at the American Battle Monuments Commission sites.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation and development of our national monuments. Applicants must have strong interest in historical research and cultural resource. Strong demonstrated skills necessary for visitor outreach and education.

Start Date: June 6 2016

End Date: August 12 2016

Duration: A 10 week commitment is required

Location: American Battle Monuments Commission Arlington, Virginia and Washington D.C.

The American Battle Monuments Commission is a small independent agency of the United States government that administers, operates, and maintains permanent U.S. military cemeteries, memorials and monuments both inside and outside the United States.

Project Partner Website: For more information regarding American Battle Monuments Commission, please visit: www.abmc.gov for more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit: usaconservation.org

Compensation: $400/week, $640 relocation bonus

Housing: Not provided by ABMC. Housing is he responsibility of the Intern.

AmeriCorps: Interns in this position may be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award Program (EAP). The EAP opportunity is for a successful term of service with an award to the Corps member upon completing 300 hours of service.

Position Description: The primary tasks will be working in the Director’s office. Responsibilities include creating and vetting content for computer kiosks at the World War II and the Korean War Veterans Memorials located on the National Mall. The applicants will also work at the Historical Services Division cataloging and working in the Agency’s library. There may also be opportunities at some ABMC projects in Historical Services (historical books cataloging, Arlington National Cemetery visitor center, National Archive research, and WWI Centennial Commission). The selected interns will have an opportunity to work under the direct supervision of Michael Knapp (ABMC Chief Historian), work directly with Brigadier General John S. Brown (former Chief Historian of the US Army, and interact with Robert J. Dalessandro (the Deputy Secretary). 

Mentoring: NPS Resource Management staff including Cultural Resource Program Manager and Resource Management Chief will provide daily oversight to CRD Intern to develop new skills in required to understand NPS mission for CR protection and conservation including but not limited to conducting CR compliance (historic and archeological), working in field with staff and contractors, understanding NEPA and NHPA compliance requirements, and PEPC compliance procedure. NP CR staff will provide 1-2 weeks and continuous orientation to parks and resources to intern. They will shadow and also work independently potentially with park researchers, which will provide excellent professional development opportunities – to use newly acquired skills, and develop confidence in those skills. Intern will be asked to share experience with summer YCC students and may provide mentoring to high school students if overlap time provides.

Knowledge of American War History and American Military history is a plus.


  • Internship is available to US Citizens or permanent residents only.
  • Intern must be between the age of 18 and 35.
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record, (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check.
  • Deep interest in history, cultural resources, anthropology, environmental studies, conservation or closely related topic
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interest in pursuing a career within the museum field.

Learning goals: This is a unique experience, which will afford the graduate students an in-depth opportunity to explore the United States’ involvement in World War II and the Korean War conflicts under the tutelage of expert military historian.

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position can close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Katy Dalrymple, at (385) 249-7215 or kdalrymple@usaconservation.org.

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