The Department of History is eager to provide our minors and majors with rich experiences both inside and outside the classroom. History internships give students a chance to apply the skills they have developed during coursework and to explore opportunities that might turn their passion for history into a viable career path.
What kinds of internships have history majors completed?
Our history majors have pursued a variety of internships. You can read more about some of them below.
How do I find an internship?
The Undergraduate Committee of the Department of History is committed to helping students find internship opportunities that provide meaningful hands-on learning in history. Students should start by looking at our Google Sheets List and exploring websites such as the American Association for State and Local History, the National History Center, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. There are also local and regional opportunities at the University of Mississippi Museum, Rowan Oak, the Burns-Belfry Museum & Multicultural Center, the LQC Lamar House Museum, the National Archives in Atlanta, and many more.
Can I get course credit for an internship?
Students may earn course credit for an internship in history by enrolling in HST 493. HST 493 is a Z-graded, three-credit-hour course that can count as an HST elective. The course provides valuable pre-professional experience and a unique opportunity to learn about history in practice outside of the traditional academic setting.
Before beginning an internship for course credit, students should identify and contact a professor who has an interest in your internship and is willing to advise you through the process. Students then enroll in HST 493 in the semester after completion of the internship. The awarding of academic credit is dependent on fulfillment of the following requirements:
- Completion of an internship with a significant historical component and includes at least 120 hours of internship work. All internships used for this course must be pre-approved by your internship advisor before the start of the internship.
- Fulfillment of the terms of the contract interns sign with their internship provider, the so-called “Internship Training Agreement” (ITA). The “Final Intern Evaluation Form” completed by the internship provider will constitute the basis of assessment for this requirement.
- Completion of a six to eight page analysis of your internship experience.
- Completion of significant academic work relating the internship experience to larger historical issues. The length and topic must be pre-determined and discussed with your advisor.