Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I be an Intern?

  • Internships educate students on how their history degree can be applied outside of the academy.
  • Interns learn how to apply abstract theory and knowledge learned in the classroom to real world settings.
  • Interns meet with proven leaders in their field and establish valuable contacts, leading to networking opportunities vital to the future career search.
  • Internships enhance one's resume, strengthening job applicant's qualifications.
  • Upon completion, internship supervisors often provide effective letters of recommendation.
  • Interns gain valuable job experience and can even lead to job offers on occasion.

Who can apply for a History Department Internship?

Any motivated students with an interest in history may apply. Students must be enrolled in "Internship in History " to receive class credit.

What kinds of things do interns do?

Students may seek internships that concentrate on any of the following:

  • collection and transcription of oral history interview
  • preparation of museum exhibits
  • cataloging and archival work
  • journal editing
  • preservation of historical records, artifacts, homes, etc.
  • service as tour guides
  • construct and maintain history-related websites
  • professional-level tasks associated with the work of museums and historic sites
  • service with elected officials such as state legislators and members of congress
  • support for legal services through office of the public defender, county attorney, etc.
  • creation of documentary films
  • participation in archaeological digs

Will I be paid?

Most internships are unpaid, though they can sometimes lead to paid part-time and full-time positions. The primary reward for completing an internship is the experience itself. If students complete the internship by registering for "Internship in History ," they will receive credit for an upper-division history course.