Spend a summer immersed in the 18th-Century at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Each year, Mount Vernon’s Department of Historic Trades accepts a select number of applicants for summer internships. With focus on the Pioneer Farm and George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, these internships provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to become immersed in 18th-century history, agriculture, and industry.
After completing a brief training program, interns will work as full-time Historic Trades Interpreters for a period of 10 weeks under the direction of our professional interpretive staff. Interns live on the grounds of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate during the internship. In addition, interns participate in special field trips to other historic sites and museums in the region. Previous field trips have included Monticello, Popes Creek, the Mary Washington House Kenmore and other locations throughout Virginia.

Candidates interested in Historic Trades internships should have a background in history or agriculture, be comfortable with public speaking, and be available during the entire internship period of 2 months. Interns will be expected to work a five-day, 40-hour work week that will include some weekends.

Students accepted into the program will receive reimbursement for travel expenses to and from Mount Vernon, accommodations on the estate, and estimated biweekly wages of $450 (based on hours worked, accommodations in addition, all before taxes).

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. 

Learn More and Apply

Interested?

Contact Sam Murphy or Deborah Colburn at 703.799.8611.

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