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RVCWRT funds and sponsors internships throughout the year at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. This program enables young historians to gain valuable practical experience and augments permanent staff, enabling the Park Service more flexibility in scheduling and presenting public history programs. Recipients are chosen by the Park Service from among interns hired for a season at the park. They receive a stipend for their service.


Learn more about internships at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, including application procedures, at


Our sponsored internships are named for two extraordinary individuals:

Edwin Cole "Ed" Bearss was a US Marine, Chief Historian of the National Park Service and highly regarded author, speaker and tour leader. His knowledge of the Civil War was encyclopedic. For years, Ed visited our round table in July to share stories and interact with members and summer Park Service interns, whose company he especially enjoyed.


Robert Lee “Bob” Jones served in several volunteer capacities for our round table, including two terms as President. He was an avid reader, lifetime learner, respected mentor and superb organizer. Many of our current programs were initiated and enhanced by his skills and boundless energy. He devoted time and expertise to a host of other local history organizations, including the National Park Service, Brandy Station Foundation and James Madison's Montpelier.


We are proud to honor Ed and Bob and their contributions by sponsoring Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park internships in their names.

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