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C.V. Starr Center for the

Study of the American Experience

Comegys Bight Summer Internship Program: How to Apply


1.  A completed information sheet, downloadable here. It must include a ranked list of desired internships in order of preference. A listing of 2016 internship opportunities is available here. You may be considered for multiple positions.
2.  A cover letter (1-2 pages) describing your strengths and interests, and explaining how a summer internship will help you to achieve your career or intellectual/academic goals.
3.  A résumé.
4.  A copy of your Washington College transcript (WebAdvisor copies are acceptable).


Applications should be submitted by email to jwortman2@washcoll.edu. Please submit your application in a single pdf or word document.


Applicants must have completed at least 12 credit hours of coursework in History, Art History, American Studies, English, Political Science, Anthropology, or Black Studies. (This requirement may occasionally be waived on an individual basis; please contact the Starr Center before applying.) The Starr Center will consider applications from previous Comegys Bight Fellows, however applicants must articulate how the second fellowship would build on the previous one, rather than simply being a repetition.

Most positions are open to students of all class years, including graduating seniors, although preference is given to sophomores and above.


Stipends for selected interns will be dependent upon the length of the internship, but will average $10/hour, to a maximum of $4,000 (ten 40-hour work weeks).

These funds may be used to cover living expenses during the internship period, or spent/saved at the recipient’s discretion.


Selected interns will arrange their start/end dates directly with their host institutions. Most institutions have some flexibility in scheduling, although a few will need their interns to start by a certain date.


Recipients are required to write a 6-8 page report on their summer experience, attend a dinner with the fellowship donors, and give an oral presentation on campus the following fall. Academic credit for these internships may be available on an individual basis through the office of the Assistant Dean for Academic Resources.

Samples of papers by previous Comegys Bight Fellows are available for download. A Washington College log-in is required.


Applications will be reviewed by a faculty selection committee looking for:

  • Exceptional ability and commitment
  • Excellent academic record
  • Pronounced interest in/knowledge of American history and culture
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated maturity and reliability

The Starr Center will notify applicants if they have been selected on or before April 1, 2016.

The number of students selected as interns will depend on donor support and other factors. The Starr Center will work to place interns in one of their preferred positions, although we cannot guarantee that each intern will ultimately be matched with one of his/her top choices.


For more information about specific positions or questions about the application process, contact Jean Wortman at the Starr Center at 410-810-7165, jwortman2@washcoll.edu.