We, the staff and volunteers of Ephrata Cloister would like to send a big thank you out to our summer interns, Avery Fox, Kristin Kachel and Caleb Bean. Each made a substantial contribution to Ephrata Cloister through our expanded summer interpretation and their special projects. Staff, volunteers and visitors alike greatly appreciated the enthusiasm and energy they brought to this historic site. I hope you’ve been following along with our Blog this summer as they reported on their experiences here at Ephrata Cloister.
We also hope they took something away from the internship too. Every year we offer our interns a well rounded public history experience as a method of exploring future career possibilities. While a very rewarding career choice it is also an extremely competitive field. Committing to an internship allows for valuable hands-on experience and gives students an advantage over those who are relying strictly on the class work to land them a job.
For more on exactly what public history is check out this article from the Public History Resource Center http://www.publichistory.org/what_is/definition.html
-Elizabeth Bertheaud, Site Administrator