Department of History
Brittany Linville

Meet Our Students

Brittany Linville
Sophomore, majoring in history with a concentration in American history more >

Careers and Internships

Careers

Most undergraduates assume that history majors are all preparing to teach the subject. Although certainly some are, in fact our graduates work in an enormous variety of jobs and fields in both business and the non-profit sector. Many of our former graduates have established successful careers in non-profit organizations, foundations, government, education and business as well as in law, journalism, health-related fields, libraries and archives. (Please note that some of these professions require other credentials besides a history degree.)

For more information about career and internship opportunities for History, please contact the Undergraduate History Advisor, or , Director of Undergraduate Studies. A good start to your exploration of History is here.

Internships

Working with authors and editors on a history journal...researching legislation...restoring a historical landmark...teaching in the classroom...helping with a museum exhibition...:

These are some of the recent things our majors found themselves doing as interns in history. Internships give eligible students a “beyond-the-coursework” experience in doing history -- during the regular academic year or the summer.

Internships give you academic credit toward your history major, and at the same time, give you valuable “field experience” which enhances your academic abilities and sharpens your resume for job applications or graduate / professional school.

Internship opportunities are open to all history majors, with preference given to students with a GPA of 3.00 or higher. You should have completed at least nine hours of work in history at the 200 level or above before applying. For further information and help, see any history professor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies,

For other internship opportunities at Indiana University, contact the Career Development Center.

Community Historical Internships

Historical internships with a variety of local community agencies and institutions are sometimes available to undergraduate history majors.  Internship possibilities include, but are not limited to, the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre, Bloomington Restorations, Inc., and the Monroe County History Center.  Interns work 8-10 hours weekly on their selected project, as well as engaging in a related course of reading and writing with an IU faculty member.  Interested students with at least a 3.0 History and 3.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) may contact Professor Eric Sandweiss ( sesandw@indiana.edu ) for additional details and a preliminary interview.

Internship Opportunities outside of Bloomington

HACU National Internship Program (HNIP)
This program targets Hispanic students, but all students are eligible to apply. It connects students with paid internships in government agencies or corporations, including major brokerages and international corporations such as McDonald's and Target.

Library of Congress Junior Fellows Program
This program offers paid summer internships for college juniors and seniors at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  Applicants are selected on the basis of work experience and relevant academic coursework, interest in library collections, and language ability. Non-U.S. citizens are welcome to apply, but must acquire their own work visas.

Smithsonian Institution Office of Fellowships: Opportunities for Research and Study
The Smithsonian offers various internship opportunities at its museums and archives. Some internships, including those in the minority internship program, pay weekly stipends; others are unpaid.

U.S. State Department
The State Department has a wide variety of opportunities for student employment and internships, ranging from clerical work to management training opportunities in a “foreign affairs environment.” Paid and unpaid, domestic and international internships are available. Students from high school through graduate school are eligible to apply.

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
The Washington Center matches students with public, private, and non-profit agencies in the Washington D.C area for internship opportunities and offers classes for credit in summer, spring and fall. It charges fees for its program and for housing in Washington D.C., but financial assistance is available.

For Minorities

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Summer Internship Program
This institute offers summer internships for Latino undergraduates in the offices of U.S. Representatives. Applicants should have a strong academic record, excellent writing and analytical skills, and a consistent record of public service. Interns receive stipends and housing and are required to work 36 hours weekly in the congressional offices, write a research paper and complete a community service project.

HACU National Internship Program (HNIP)
This program targets Hispanic students, but all students are eligible to apply. It connects students with paid internships in government agencies or corporations, including major brokerages and international corporations such as McDonalds and Target.

Smithsonian Institution Office of Fellowships
Opportunities for Research and Study
The Smithsonian offers various internship opportunities at its museums and archives. Some internships, including those in the minority internship program, pay weekly stipends; others are unpaid.