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Study of the American Experience

Comegys Bight Summer Fellowship Program

The Comegys Bight Fellowship program matches outstanding Washington College students with summer internships at some of the nation’s leading historical and cultural institutions – and pays those students a stipend for their work. The program, offered through the Starr Center, annually provides up to ten students with high-level work and research experience on topics related to American history and culture.

The Comegys Bight Fellowship program recognizes students’ “intellect, curiosity, and  resourcefulness.”

L to R, Research Archivist Owen Lourie with interns Daniel Blattau, a student at the University of Maryland, and Jeffrey Truitt '14. Behind them are Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins and former State Archivist Edward C. Papenfuse.L to R, Research Archivist Owen Lourie with interns Daniel Blattau, a student at the University of Maryland, and Jeffrey Truitt '14. Behind them are Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins and former State Archivist Edward C. Papenfuse.Institutions where the Starr Center has placed student interns include the National Portrait Gallery, the Maryland Historical Society, the National Park Service, Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, the Maryland State Archives, and others. Student interns have helped to script a film on African Americans in 18th-century Virginia; cataloged early maps and travel accounts of Brazil and Peru; led tours as a National Park Service ranger at Harpers Ferry; and delved into original manuscripts to document black Marylanders’ participation in the War of 1812.  

The program recognizes students’ “intellect, curiosity, and resourcefulness,” and serves as a bridge between Washington College and the world beyond. Interns are provided unique opportunities to integrate their academic work with real-world practice, resulting in experiences that often change the course of their intellectual and professional lives. Past interns have gone on to study at major graduate schools, and to careers in museums, journalism, book publishing, and teaching.

For information on how to apply for a Comegys Bight Fellowship, click here.
Download papers by previous Comegys Bight Fellows.

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Jimmy Bigwood — National Portrait Gallery
Chris Brown — Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Mike Kuethe — Maryland Historical Society
Megan McCurdy — National Constitution Center
Daniel Primani — Virginia Historical Society
Kathy Thornton — Maryland State Archives