||INTERNSHIPS & ARCHAEOLOGY
Internships are an excellent way for
History majors to explore careers in various fields,
including those related to historical study. A few
internships pay a salary, some pay a small stipend to help
cover living expenses during the internships; most pay
nothing. In all cases, however, a good internship provides
invaluable experience. That is especially the case for
students who wish to go on to a career in what is called
"public history", that is the many venues in which the
public is exposed to the fruits of historical research. This
field includes areas such as museum management and
curatorship, historic preservation, archival work, the
creation of documentaries, even consultancies for Hollywood
movies. These are just some of the possibilities. For more
information on public history, consult the
Public History Resource Center.
MUW students can, with the approval of
the department chair, arrange appropriate internships for
history credit. There are many possibilities. If you see
nothing of interest below, please feel free to contact the
department chair, Professor
General lists of history-related
internships are found at the following sites:
Museums are just one of the kinds of
institutions offering internships involving historical work.
American Association of Museums lists just some of the
museums in your area.
In Mississippi, the following
institution has an established internship program with
information on its website.
Other Mississippi institutions, some
without formal internships, have expressed interest in MUW
history majors interning with them by special arrangement.
Please contact Professor
Burger for more information.
Of course, many institutions outside
the state offer internships to history majors. Here are just
a few of them.
American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, MA)
Institute for Humane Studies (Fairfax, VA)
NASA History Division (Washington, DC)
The Naval Historical Center (Washington, DC)
Associates, Incorporated (Rockville, MD)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY) - most,
but not all, positions require a background in art
The National Archives (Washington, DC)
The Corwin House, aka the "Witch House" (Salem, MA)
Goodhue County Historical Society (Red Wing, MN)
Presidential Libraries (around the country)
Colonial Williamsburg (VA)
Center for Legislative Archives (Washington, DC)
Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, DC)
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (Washington,
The Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC)
National Building Museum (Washington, DC)
Interested in archaeology? You can
gain important practical experience, as well as instruction,
by volunteering to work on a dig, either here or abroad.
Volunteers with experience sometimes move on to paid
positions on digs. MUW students have excavated a Native
American site in Mississippi and a medieval monastery in
Greece. One student went on to a career as a professional
archaeologist. To volunteer for digs around the world, see
the listings of the
Institute of America, or see the
department chair for
Mike Renacker (MUW, History, 1995) holds up
an arrowhead recovered by the archaeological
unit he supervises for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Photos: M. Burger