Internships

For Students Who Minor in Railway Heritage Tourism Management,

Internships Offer Important Opportunities to Grow and Learn.

An internship is a structured, for-credit, multi-week field experience at a participating railway heritage venue that will immerse you in one or more aspects of railway heritage preservation and tourism.

Supervised by the College's Office of Career Services & Student Employment, in cooperation with the internship sponsor and the student's course instructor, each experience will consist of:

  1. A pre-arranged schedule of learning experiences to cover a twelve-week period or its equivalent.
  2. A journal, to be kept by the student, consisting of daily entries commenting on the experience and describing accomplishments.
  3. A written evaluation of the intern’s work by the sponsoring organization, including, where appropriate, a letter of recommendation for prospective employers.
  4. A student-developed action plan to address a specific issue at the sponsor’s site, to be graded and evaluated by the student's course instructor.

The internship will not only further equip a participant for a position in the industry, it will test and confirm the student’s genuine interest in the field, and contribute to a strong resume when the student begins seeking employment in the field.

Current internships include year-long opportunities to oversee not-for-profit accounting principles and tax reporting procedures, or to create and implement traditional and social media marketing strategies; and summer-long work restoring, maintaining and operating an array of historic steam and diesel locomotives. Offers for other opportunities await qualified students.  

That could be you.

Organizations seeking to employ the services of a Davis & Elkins College/Center for Railway Tourism intern should know there is wide latitude in designing the internship experience. Contact the Davis & Elkins College Director of Career Services & Student Employment Lisa Reed or Center for Railway Tourism Director Jim Porterfield for more information.