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History Department Summer Internship Program 2018 Application Instructions

The USNA Administration has approved the summer internships listed below for midshipman participation during the upcoming summer. All internships have been approved for summer training credit. Be aware that all organic USNA training requirements (Plebe Detail, Weapons Detail, Summer Seminar, STEM Camp, etc.) take priority over internships. If you are selected for an internship (even if that internship is granted summer training credit) and you are subsequently assigned to an organic USNA training requirement, you may have to complete your internship in lieu of leave. If you are not willing to participate in an internship instead of taking summer leave, your application will be processed, but personnel willing to do an internship in lieu of leave will receive first consideration when making assignments.

All internships are unfunded by USNA (host organization may provide for some expenses as listed in the internship descriptions). This means that interns may be responsible for unfunded travel, lodging, and meal expenses. Midshipmen must be prepared to fund meals and transportation and should not rely on early COMRATS or travel advances in financial planning.


Available History Department internships, summer 2018:

  1. JHU/APL National Security Analysis Department – Laurel, MD    
  2. U.S. Army Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) - Carlisle, PA
  3. Historic Annapolis – Annapolis, MD
  4. United States Naval Institute – Annapolis, MD
  5. Navy in Space Museum Exhibit Research Project at Naval Research Lab – Washington, DC 

 

Internship Application Procedure

  1. The History Department point of contact for summer internship application questions is LCDR Matthew Semple (semple@usna.edu ). 
  2. The application deadline is 1600, Friday 19 January, 2018. A hard copy of the completed application package must be delivered to LCDR Semple’s mailbox in Sampson Hall Room 327. 
  3. All applicants must have an Overall Projected Cumulative QPR of at least 3.0 or request a QPR waiver. Waiver requests should be written in standard memorandum format and attached to the application when submitted. 
  4. Application package must include:
    • - Printed application form (electronic/pdf form included in announcement e-mail).
    • - A standard personal one page biography or resume or CV.
    • - A signed statement of endorsement from your Company Officer (electronic form included in announcement e-mail).

Description of Internships:

Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab (JHU/ALP): Laurel, MD (6 Midshipmen)

This internship will involve assisting the JHU/ALP National Security Analysis Department with ongoing multidisciplinary research projects. These assignments would include and necessitate in depth qualitative analysis and the creation of case studies concerning the researched topics. Midshipmen are placed as far as possible within their areas of research interest.

A Midshipman participating in this internship will be exposed to national security analysis and learn to integrate academic research into the tactical and strategic planning process. The Midshipmen will be working side by side with historians, political scientists, psychologists, active and retired military officers and other academics while learning about national security issues in which they will be involved following graduation and throughout their career.

Required: Midshipmen applying for this internship must be rising second or first class History, English, International Relations, Political Science, or Economic majors. Midshipmen must have a good foundation in research and writing methodologies.  It is preferred that the intern have completed a course with a substantial component dealing with the Asia-Pacific region (China and Korea), Eastern Europe (Baltics, Poland, Ukraine, Russia), History of US-Asia relations, History of Modern Counterinsurgency, Conflict and Insurgency, Counterinsurgency, Politics of Irregular Warfare, or a course with a substantial focus on National Strategic planning.  Midshipmen applying for this internship must be a rising second or first class AND must be a U.S. citizen.

Desired: Midshipmen applying for this internship should be able to conduct quality individual research as evidenced by a grade of an “A” or “B” in an appropriate course.

Midshipmen selected for this internship will require a Secret Security Clearance prior to starting the internship. A higher level Security Clearance is not required.

Midshipmen are required to stay in Bancroft Hall and provided government transportation.

JHU/APL will also provide an office, phone, and internet connectivity.

Working hours are typically M-F 0830-1700.

 

Army War College – Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute: Carlisle, PA (3 Midshipmen)

This internship will involve assisting the United States Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute with a multidisciplinary research project being conducted for joint service projects. Its purpose is to improve joint service doctrine as it relates to stability and peace operations. The interns would be treated as full-fledged members of the Army War College (AWC) staff and be required to participate in staff meetings and AWC events. This assignment would include and necessitate in depth historical analysis and the creation of historical case studies concerning the researched groups.

A Midshipman participating in this internship will be exposed to high-level strategic thought concerning national security and military participation in stability and peacekeeping operations. The Midshipmen will be working side by side with O-6s / GS-12s and above. This internship provides valuable experience because Midshipmen will be asked to lead in peacekeeping or stability operations environments upon graduation and throughout their career.

Required: Midshipmen applying for this internship must have a background in international relations and peace efforts (focused through history, economics, or political science); must be rising second or first class; and must be U.S. citizens. Midshipmen must also be able to procure their own transportation from USNA to Carlisle, PA and return. Midshipmen must also be able to provide for their own food while staying in-residence at the Army War College. There are no reimbursable items for this internship.

Desired: Midshipmen applying for this internship should be able to conduct quality individual research as evidenced by a grade of an “A” or “B” in an appropriate upper level history, economics, or political science course.

Midshipmen selected for this internship will require a Secret Security Clearance prior to starting the internship. A higher level Security Clearance is not required.

PKSOI will provide berthing in an on-site barracks. Barracks consists of suites w/ small kitchens consisting of full size refrigerator, sink, and microwave. Shared bath with individual bedrooms. Washer/dryer on same floor. Large communal kitchen on first floor. PKSOI will also provide an office, phone, and internet connectivity. PKSOI does not provide transportation, meals or per diem; these are be the responsibility of participating midshipmen. Working hours are typically M-F 0800-1630.

  

Historic Annapolis: Annapolis, MD (2 midshipmen)

This internship will involve assisting Historic Annapolis with ongoing research projects which contribute directly to its preservation and curation of collections, interpretative analysis of historic source materials, and public presentation of information about the history of Maryland’s capital. Midshipmen will be placed as far as possible within their areas of research interest and present their research findings at the completion of the internship.

Midshipmen participating in this internship will be exposed to how academic research skills gained through their program of study at the Naval Academy are practically applied at public history institutions such as Historic Annapolis. The organization’s goal is to support, facilitate, and refine the interns’ abilities as historical researchers, analysts, and presenters.  The Midshipmen will work alongside professional historians, preservationists, collections curators, and museum educators while conducting their chosen historical research and synthesis for project presentation.

Required:   Midshipmen applying for this internship should be rising second or first class History majors who have successfully completed one or more 300-level courses focused on an era or aspect of American history.  It is preferred that the intern has completed at least one of the following courses:  HH345 Colonial America; HH346 Revolutionary America and the Early Republic; HH347 Civil War and Reconstruction; HH349 Emergence of Modern America, 1896-1945; HH353 American Social History; or HH355 Art and Ideas in American Society.

Desired:   Midshipmen applying for this internship should be able to conduct quality independent research as evidenced by a grade of “A” or “B” in an appropriate upper level History course.  They should be familiar with basic historical research methods, comfortable working with standard word processing, spreadsheet, presentation programs, and able to express themselves clearly in writing and when speaking during presentations.

Midshipmen applying to this internship must be a U.S. citizen. A Security Clearance is not required.

Midshipmen will be required to stay in Bancroft Hall. Meals will be provided by King Hall.  There are no refundable items for the Midshipmen with this internship.

Anticipated working hours for this internship are M-F 0800-1600.

  

United States Naval Institute: Annapolis, MD (18 midshipmen)

This internship introduces archival methods and the importance of metadata cataloging to capture information that future generations of Naval leaders could learn from in the course of their research. Throughout this process, Midshipmen interns would learn and be involved in fact checking, research, editorial decisions, web posting, social media posting, and web analytics.  Midshipmen interns would also experience a Naval Institute monthly editorial board meeting where ten active duty members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard meet with Naval Institute staff members to discuss and approve or reject articles for Proceedings magazine.  Editorial board members range in rank from senior enlisted to O-6.  Deliverables may include work in support of a Midshipman’s capstone project or other degree-driven study effort or a work suitable for potential approval in Proceedings, Naval History, or a USNI Press book.  Any work that is deemed suitable for publication shall be reviewed by a USNA faculty member and/or USNA Public Affairs Office.

Midshipmen participating in this internship will be exposed to Proceedings and Naval History content, archives, the USNI Library, and staff members who possess a combined experience of over a hundred years in military service and military professional publishing.  This internship will enhance a Midshipman’s professional development by emphasizing the importance of the lessons of the past.  They will also learn how to document current events (through photography and journals) for study by future generations.

Required: Midshipmen applying for this internship should be rising second or fist class History, Political Science, or English majors who have successfully completed one or more 300-level courses focused in their major and possess a knowledge and understanding of historical and current events.

Desired: Midshipmen applying for this internship should be able to conduct quality independent research, be familiar with basic historical research methods, comfortable working with standard word processing, spreadsheet presentation programs, and able to express themselves clearly in writing.

Midshipmen applying to this internship must be a U.S. citizen. A Security Clearance is not required.

Midshipmen will be required to stay in Bancroft Hall. Meals will be provided by King Hall.  There are no refundable items for the Midshipmen with this internship.

 

Navy in Space Exhibit Project – Naval Research Lab (NRL): Washington, DC (3 Midshipmen)

This internship will involve assisting the Naval Research Lab (NRL) with the ongoing research project in historical contributions to the Space, Science, and Technology program. Midshipmen participating in this internship will be exposed to how academic research skills gained through their program of study at the Naval Academy are applied at NRL.  The organization’s goal is to support, facilitate, and refine the interns’ abilities as historical researchers and analysts.  Midshipmen will work side by side with NRL historians in preparing museum exhibits, researching the historical significance, and cataloging information for artifacts.  Midshipmen efforts during this internship will ultimately be realized in the USNA museum exhibit being unveiled in January 2019.

Required: Midshipmen applying for this internship should be rising second or first class History major who have successfully completed one or more 300-level courses focused in their major and possess a knowledge and understanding of historical and current events.

Desired: Midshipmen applying for this internship should be able to conduct quality independent research, be familiar with basic historical research methods, comfortable working with standard word processing, spreadsheet presentation programs, and able to express themselves clearly in writing.

Midshipmen applying to this internship must be a U.S. citizen. A Security Clearance is not required.

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