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Education Internships and Awards

Internships

Bobby Chandler Internship

The Bobby Chandler Internship program is generously supported by the Kip Kephart Foundation. Bobby Chandler Interns are responsible for leading tours of the VHS long-term exhibition, The Story of Virginia, conducting hands-on workshops for students in the Bluford Classroom and assisting the Educational Services staff with programs for audiences of all ages.

The internship spans two semesters: the fall semester of the internship is unpaid but carries academic credit; during the spring semester a $1,000 stipend is paid out on an hourly basis. Participants must commit to both semesters to be considered for the internship, and they must be available during weekday mornings in the spring. Applicants must be over eighteen, actively enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university, and have access to reliable transportation to the VHS. Applicants with knowledge in liberal arts and education are strongly encouraged to apply. The applicant will be required to undergo a background check.  The application deadline for this internship has passed.

John T. Wilkes Internship

The purpose of the John T. Wilkes Internship is to give a student of history a meaningful work experience in a museum setting. The internship will expose the student to various aspects of historical research and interpretation and allow him or her to interact with the society’s varied constituencies. The opportunity brings with it an introduction to best practices in the field of public history and museum education. The internship is open to college undergraduates, including incoming freshmen. The VHS is looking for a student who enjoys history, has demonstrated a passion for the discipline, and has strong communication skills. The intent of the program is to provide the student with hands-on experience in line with his/her professional interests. Priority will be given to students with a declared major in history or significant coursework in the subject.The application deadline for this internship has passed. 

Awards for teachers and students

Bobby Chandler High School Student Award

The Bobby Chandler High School Student Award is sponsored by the Kip Kephart Foundation. This award is given to the high school student who enters a paper or classroom project that uses original primary sources and who demonstrates a knowledge and understanding of American history.  Submit an application for the Bobby Chandler High School Student Award.

Anne R. Worrell Middle School Student Award

Similar to the Bobby Chandler High School Student Award, the Anne R. Worrell Middle School Student Award is given to the middle school student who enters a paper or classroom project that uses original primary sources and demonstrates an understanding of American history. Submit an application for the Anne R. Worrell Middle School Student Award.

Brenton S. Halsey Teaching Excellence Award

The Brenton S. Halsey Teaching Excellence Award is awarded to a Virginia public or private school teacher who teaches Virginia history, American history, or some facet of American history. Submit an application for the Brenton S. Halsey Teaching Excellence Award.

For more information, contact Bill Obrochta at 804.342.9651 or wobrochta@vahistorical.org