An important component of the Center’s work with students is the internship program.
An internship is a structured, for-credit, multi-week field experience at a participating railway heritage venue that will immerse the student in one or more aspects of railway 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:
- A pre-arranged schedule of learning experiences to cover a twelve-week period or its equivalent.
- A journal, to be kept by the student, consisting of daily entries commenting on the experience and describing accomplishments.
- A written evaluation of the intern’s work by the sponsoring organization, including, where appropriate, a letter of recommendation for prospective employers.
- 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.
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.