History Internships

Internships provide wonderful hands-on, real-world training and allow our students to actually do history in a professional setting while learning about possible career fields. While only Public History Concentration majors are required to undertake two internships for a total of 240 hours, all history students benefit from the experience and are encouraged to inquire about internship opportunities.

Internship Opportunities

Our history interns have worked in archives and museums locally, around the South, and even across the nation. Both the HIS 401: History Internship and the HIS 464: Archives Management Internship courses are worth 3 credit hours and require 120 hours of student work. Internships are available during any semester, including the summer, which opens up a world of possible venues for adventurous students.

Funding Your Internship

There are many funding and scholarship opportunities available to MUW history majors interested in an internship, including the Peyton Internship Scholarship and external funding.

Peyton Internship Scholarship


Mississippi University for Women Archives, Columbus, Mississippi

Columbus-Lowndes Local History and Billups-Garth Archives, Columbus, Mississippi 

Mississippi State University Archives, Starkville, Mississippi

Camp Aliceville Museum and Cultural Center, Aliceville, Alabama

Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, MSU, Starkville, Mississippi

Ten-Tom Transportation Museum, Columbus, Mississippi

Amory Regional Museum, Amory, Mississippi


Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, MS

National World War II Museum, New Orleans, LA

Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, Hattiesburg, MS

Special Collections Rooms and Archives at public libraries are great places for internships, including: Tippah County, Noxubee County, Harrison County, the Jackson-George Regional Library System, and the Pearl River Public Library.


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, Ohio

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.