James Miller: Internship Highlight | Penn State Altuna


James Miller is a senior from Asheville, Pennsylvania, majoring in Historical past and English. He spent the summer season below home arrest on the Allegheny Portage Railroad Nationwide Historic Website in Gallitzin, Pennsylvania.


James Miller on responsibility on the Allegheny Portage Railroad Nationwide Historic Website Customer Heart

Credit: Bashkirs – James Miller

I at all times knew I wished to do an internship on the Allegheny Portage Railroad. It’s such an fascinating place, and never many locals even notice its significance to the area.

I actually loved my internship. I used to be in a position to do a variety of various things, and from that I realized how essential it’s to have the willingness to be versatile. Possibly at some point I am gone and staffed on the Customer Heart and the subsequent day I am doing analysis at Lemon Home, or possibly helping one of many rangers with a program. Some days I might stroll between duties. Not having a set routine retains issues fascinating for me.

I did some analysis for the park on Jacob Inexperienced, an escaped slave from Virginia who used the Allegheny Portage Railroad as a transportation route to assist 5 different slaves escape. I additionally checked the historical past of the Nationwide Park Service. As a historical past main, having the ability to take action a lot analysis was fascinating and thrilling to me.

There was a variety of ranger applications within the park. Accompanied by a ranger, I may help in stone-cutting or rope-making demonstrations or gown to work together with guests. The park held its annual Dwelling Historical past Day in July, and I portrayed an area militiaman in a stay Muscat efficiency for the general public. I needed to study some fundamental musket drills and take a check for it to get licensed via the Nationwide Park Service. It definitely wasn’t one thing I assumed I would be doing in my internship, nevertheless it was enjoyable. I had fun with it.

One among my favourite duties was on the customer heart when the children got here to do the Junior Ranger program. They obtain a small booklet with a sequence of actions. After they full it, they obtain a Junior Ranger Badge. Children actually prefer it, and so they get enthusiastic about it, so it is at all times enjoyable to observe.

Second from left, James Miller, takes part in musketry demonstrations during Living History Day.

Second from left, James Miller, takes half in musketry demonstrations throughout Dwelling Historical past Day.

Credit: Bashkirs – James Miller

After being so remoted from the coronavirus pandemic, it is good to work together with folks face-to-face. I beloved assembly folks from totally different backgrounds from totally different elements of the nation and listening to their tales. I realized quite a bit and received uncovered to totally different views.

Learning humanities opens a variety of doorways for employment after commencement. My internship expertise gave me some good perception into the Nationwide Park Service, and I am retaining that as an choice. I am additionally going to discover graduate college and discover out if it is a good subsequent step for me. I plan to talk with my professors about this as they’ve been implausible in serving to me navigate my school profession to date. His recommendation could be useful.


To study extra about internships, contact Tom Schaefer, Educational Internship Coordinator, [email protected] or 814-949-5789.



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