The Department of History offers credit for approved internships as History 395, Internship in History. If students are interested in an internship, identify suitable agencies or organizations whose internship work is historical in nature. A list of local and national opportunities is listed below. Students should talk with their history advisor about a faculty director for the internship. Once students have secured a director with whom they have discussed a suitable project, follow the History 395 guidelines:
Guidelines for HST 395
HST 395 can be taken either for a grade or pass/fail, at the discretion of the individual instructor, although students should be aware that classes taken pass/fail do not count towards the major or minor. Students can choose to take the course for one, two, or three credit hours.
Three Credits: 135 hours/semester internship experience, 800-1000 pages of reading, and a suggested minimum of 10 pages of writing.
Two Credits: 90 hours/ semester internship experience, 600-800 pages of reading.
One Credit: 45 hours/semester internship experience, 400-600 pages of reading.
All paper work must be submitted by the following deadlines:
Summer and Fall Semesters, April 20
Spring Semester, November 25
Local Internship Opportunities
- Greensboro Historical Museum. Internships are available fall, spring and summer semesters. For more information, contact Betty K. Phipps, Curator of Education, at (336) 333-6831 or email@example.com. Website: http://www.greensborohistory.org/
- Historic Bethabara Park, Winston-Salem, is the 1753 site of the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina. The park has special interests in Moravian history, archeology, a 1753 wilderness preserve, colonial agriculture and community relations, including special event productions, marketing and grantsmanship. The internship runs concurrent to the academic year to coincide with the length of the semester and is designed to offer experience in historic research, interpretation, preservation and site administration. Website. Contact Rod Meyer, Director, (336) 924-8191, for an interview to discuss a topic of mutual interest.
- The Moravian Archives and Moravian Music Foundation, Winston-Salem. Website. Internship opportunities.
- Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Internships available in fall and spring semesters. For more information, contact Abigail Linville, Collections Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (336) 721-7374. Website: http://www.mesda.org/
- Old Salem, Inc., is a public history site that celebrates the history of the town of Salem from its beginnings as a Moravian community in 1766 through the 19th century. Old Salem includes more than one hundred restored buildings, some with faithfully restored interiors where costumed interpreters demonstrate late eighteenth and early nineteenth century life. Old Salem also has a modern museum complex with changing exhibitions as well as the impressive Museum of Southern Decorative Arts. For internships, contact Taylor Cox at email@example.com. Website. Internship opportunities.
- Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Internships available in fall and spring semesters, and summer. A description of and application for the program can be found here. For more information contact Julia Hood, Coordinator of Education (phone: 336.758.5599; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ).
National Internship Opportunities
- Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA
- Center for the Study of Conflict, Baltimore, MD
- Chicago Historical Society
- Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
- Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship Program, Deerfield, MA
- Institute for Humane Studies, Washington, DC
- John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, MA
- Library of Congress, Washington, DC
- Mystic Seaport Museum Studies, Mystic, CT
- National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC
- National Park Service, throughout the U.S.
- Naval Historical Center Internship Program, Washington, DC
- NASA History Office, Washington, DC
- National Museum of American History, Washington, DC
- Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. (E-mail inquiries here.)
- Presidential Libraries, throughout the U.S.
- Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Duke University, Durham, NC
- Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT
- Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
- Student Conservation Association, throughout the U.S.
- Truman Library, Independence, MO
- The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC
- U.S. Capitol Historical Society, Washington, DC
- Western Reserve Historical Society, OH
- Cold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, DC
Examples of Students Completed Internships:
Caroline Culp was a Curatorial Intern at the Reynolda House Museum of Art in Winston-Salem, NC, during the spring 2013 semester. In this capacity, she collaborated with museum curator Alison Slaby in several research projects including regular work within the permanent collection, and a special exhibition on photographer Edward Steichen. In addition, Caroline gained hands-on experience in exhibition planning, installation, label-writing, proofing, and publication. Overall, she obtained valuable insight into the curatorial process as a fully contributing member of the museum team.