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C.V. Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

Comegys Bight Summer Fellowship Program: How to Apply

APPLICATION MATERIALS

1.  A cover letter (1-2 pages) describing your strengths and interests, and explaining how a summer internship will help you to achieve your career goals.
2.  A resume.
3.  A ranked list of desired internships in order of preference. You may be considered for multiple positions.
4.  A copy of your Washington College transcript (WebAdvisor copies are acceptable).
5.  The names and contact information of three references (two of whom must be Washington College faculty members).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 2, 2015.

Applications should be submitted by email to tmariswolf2@washcoll.edu or hand-delivered to the Starr Center’s office in the Custom House (101 S. Water St.).

ELIGIBILITY

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.)

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

COMPENSATION

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.

AVAILABILITY

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.

OBLIGATIONS

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.

SELECTION PROCESS

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 as Fellows on or before Monday, March 23, 2015.

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.

CONTACT

For more information about specific positions or questions about the application process, contact Ted Maris-Wolf at the Starr Center at 410-810-7154, tmariswolf2@washcoll.edu.