student working with historical documentsMany students expand their knowledge and skill sets through internship experiences off campus. This type of introduction to working in the field is very beneficial for students interested in getting jobs in the public sector after college. The history department prides itself on helping students find meaningful internship experiences with local and national organizations.


Recent Internships:
Center in the Square
Historical Society of Western Virginia
Library of Congress
National Parks Service
Salem Historical Society
Salem Museum
Smithsonian Institution
Supreme Court
Virginia's Explore Park
Virginia Transportation Museum

History 416 - Internship

Purpose: The purpose of History 416, Internship, is to provide the qualified student with an opportunity for experience in a field of applied history. The student will either enter an established program ofapplied history or will set up an appropriate internship experience under the direction of the history faculty.

To apply for the program, a student should usually have a GPA of 3.0 in the discipline and have at least junior standing.

Application procedure:
The student must submit a written proposal to the history faculty (a copy to each member of the department) no later than two weeks after the beginning of the term before the term in which the student wished to take an internship. The written guidelines for this application must be followed. The history faculty meets as a group to appraise internship proposals. Those proposals are accepted on which all members of the history faculty agree and on which one member agrees to act as supervisor. The applicant is informed of the decision at least one week before registration.

Course of Study:
The student's program will be tailored to the needs of the individual and the applied field in which the student is working. It is expected however, that the student will write at least one paper on the experience.