Summer Internship Opportunities

Internship coordinator for 2019-20: Prof. Nina Lerman

The History Department has established a summer internship program to provide an opportunity for its students selected to gain first-hand experience working as an historian with primary materials and to gain exposure to an area of our discipline that we do not currently offer, the field of public history. Compensation will be $4,050. The selection procedures and requirements are outlined below.

Students are to independently generate proposals for an internship that meets the criteria noted below.


  1. Interested students must submit a cover letter indicating their intention to be a candidate for an internship. Applicants must provide a letter from the proposed supervisor indicating their willingness to have the student as an intern and outlining the work to be undertaken. In addition, applicants need to include a two page statement of why they want to hold this internship and how it fits with their career plans, a resume, and a copy of their academic evaluation. All materials must be submitted by email  to Professor Nina Lerman, Internship Coordinator, by February 28, 2020.
  2. The department will review the applications by early March, 2020. Candidates may be interviewed. The criteria for selection will be academic record, prior experience, motivation, career objectives, and ability to do an excellent job in the work associated with the internship.
  3. The students selected will pre-register for independent study with the Internship Coordinator for the fall semester.

Requirements of the Position

  1. The students will complete any background reading assigned by the supervisor prior to the beginning of an internship. Any reading assigned by the supervisor will not count towards the hours of the internship.
  2. The holder of an internship will establish a regular schedule of work with their supervisor for 300 hours between June and August. Compensation will come from the History Department.
  3. The students will carry out all of their assignments in a timely and professional manner.
  4. A final paper must be submitted to the Internship Coordinator by September 15. The paper has to be 10-15 pages plus notes and bibliography, and all materials produced during the internship need to be included as appendices. In the paper the holder of the internship will address the internship in relation to what they learned in History 299, what their assignments were, how they went about completing them (including the research methodologies involved), what problems they encountered, how they solved those problems, and what, as young historians, they learned about doing history. The grade for History 470 will be determined by the quality of the work performed during the internship, the evaluation of the supervisor, and the final paper.


Students need to seek out their own internship opportunity. The central component of any proposed internship must be that the student will be allowed to work as an historian. This means evaluating primary materials and being actively involved in the creation of whatever the organization is working on, or some comparable experience. We will not fund positions where one is used mainly as a secretary, to run errands, or to perform other such tasks.

Possible places one might seek opportunities, but by no means an exhaustive list, include: State Historical Societies, Research Institutions such as the Huntington Library, National Parks, Archives, or Journals. It is advised that the applicant talk to the Internship Coordinator and/or a member of the department before contacting any specific organization.