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Internships and Careers

Famous figures who studied history in college include Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, home design guru Martha Stewart, author H.G. Wells, journalist Wolf Blitzer, as well as seven different U.S. Presidents and world leaders like W.E.B DuBois and Winston Churchill.


The HST 340 Internship is reserved for majors in the History Department who have attained at least junior standing. From 1 to 12 semester hours may be granted for HST 340 in any one semester. The History Department discourages applying more than three semester hours of internship credit to the requirements of the History major, but up to 16 hours may be applied toward the baccalaureate degree.

Internships must be approved prior to registration by the supervising faculty member and the Department Chair.

Internship credit may not be obtained for university service or activities.

As a general guide, 40-50 hours of work on site would constitute about one hour of academic credit (1 credit hour = 16 hours of class time plus 32 hours of non-class time).

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Application Requirements

An "Internship Agreement" form must be submitted to the Department Chair. Forms are available in the History Department office, Room 256 Upham.

Also, the student must deliver a letter in which the host entity supervisor agrees to manage the internship, explains the intern's responsibilities, and agrees to submit a letter of evaluation of the internship to the faculty sponsor at the completion of the experience.

Students must be enrolled in the internship course at the same time as they are completing the internship (for example, one may not sign up for internship credit in the Fall term for an internship completed over the summer). Please remember that the university will bill you for any credit hours for which you enroll, including internship hours in the summer, at the prevailing rate.

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Earning Credit

By the completion of the internship activity, the student must have presented to the supervising faculty member an essay (or its agreed-upon equivalent) of a length and sophistication commensurate with the work done during the internship and the number of HST 340 hours taken (normally a "term paper" of about 20 pages is considered suitable for 3 credit hours). This document should analyze and reflect upon the lessons learned during and from the experience, and be of appropriate academic rigor.

Also, the student must submit a statement from the supervising entity describing the intern's performance. Both documents must be acceptable to the supervising faculty member before credit is granted.

To assist students contemplating an internship, the director of Undergraduate Studies will maintain an open file of proposals and written work produced during completed internships.

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Contact Us

Any student interested in taking HST 340 Internship should contact the History Lead Departmental Advisor, Helen Sheumaker, for more information.

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Thinking Outside the Box

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Post-Graduate Studies

  • A Masters Degree in History (M.A.) or a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) can open up careers in teaching, administration, museum outreach, and historical interpretation.
  • A Masters of Library Science (MLS) can lead to a career as a librarian, bibliographer, or information specialist for businesses and organizations.
  • A Law Degree (Juris Doctor or JD) can equip you for legal and political careers.
  • Medical Degree: According to a 2012 study by the Association of American Medical Colleges, Humanities majors scored higher on the MCAT than those in the biological sciences.
  • Apply for a post-graduate fellowship, such as the Ohio Legislative Fellowship (for politics and government) or the Pickering Fellowship (for State Department work).
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Wide Variety of Career Options

  • Law enforcement: police, the FBI, US Customs and Border Protection, Alcohol Tobacco Firearms (ATF)
  • Business: consulting, sales, advertising, and marketing
  • Education: teaching, museum work, public history
  • Government
  • Non-profit organizations, such as Peace Corps, Americorps, Teach for America, and USPIRG
  • Writing, editing, reporting, and blogging
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Transferable and Marketable Skills

Each year the National Association of Colleges and Employers surveys employers to learn about the skills and qualities they are looking for in college graduates. While the skills vary slightly each year, many of the skills that continue to surface are ones that you develop as a History major.

  • Verbal communication
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  • Ability to obtain and process information
  • Plan, organize, and prioritize work
  • Create and/or edit written reports
  • Ability to persuade and influence others

A Closer Look at Your Skills

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Researching and Information Literacy

  • The capacity to locate primary and secondary sources and to distinguish between the two
  • The ability to analyze and distill information into evidence
  • The knack for situating evidence in its larger context
  • The skill to recognize and succinctly summarize arguments

These skills are particularly marketable as employers are looking for employees who can make informed decisions based on data and provide a comprehensive rationale for the decisions. This contributes to your competitive intelligence; that is, your ability to define, analyze, and distribute intelligence about customers, competitors or other aspects of a business. Employers value this immensely.

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Written Communication

  • The talent for writing clearly
  • The ability to craft a convincing and well-supported thesis
  • The facility to develop an argument in an organized and persuasive manner

Employers are constantly stating that the ability to write succinctly and effectively is among the most important things a candidate can bring to the job market. Your experience as a history major uniquely prepares you for this.

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Critical Thinking

  • The perceptiveness to question underlying assumptions and accepted categories
  • The confidence to assert opinions and engage in debates
  • The capacity to make comparisons and draw contrasts
  • The acuity to see change over time

Critical thinking is key to success in a global workforce. Your ability to think critically about information, and identify holes and gaps in arguments or processes makes you extremely marketable.

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Global Sensibility and Intercultural Sensitivity

  • An understanding of the interconnectedness of societies and cultures, both within national boundaries and across them

In a global economy, your history major sets you apart from your peers because you understand how historical and cultural contexts shape perspectives.

Complement Your Career Interests

Consider adding a co-major or minor to enhance your education. When selecting your co-major or minor it is important to consider where your future interests lie. For instance, if you think you might like to pursue a career managing a non-profit or working in business, you might consider a business minor. A background in analytics or statistics could support your work doing research for a government agency or foundation. If you are interested in technology, coupling your history major with a major or minor that includes coding could make you particularly marketable. If law school or medical school is in your future, consider a pre-law or pre-med major.

If you are interested in talking more about your future interests and how to make yourself most marketable to employers, consider visiting the Career Services website or making an appointment with a Career Advisor.

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Prepare for Your Future

History majors have many options, and they work in every industry and every location around the world. Explore your options, and prepare yourself for your future.

Attend the Career Night for History Majors

  • Learn how to write a cover letter and a resumé that emphasize the skills you've acquired as a history major
  • Meet Miami history alums who work in business and non-profits

Attend the Grad School Night for History Majors

  • Get information about Law School, a Master's degree in Library Sciences, or a graduate degree in History, English, American Studies, and related fields from Miami history alums.
  • Learn about getting a teaching license for K-12 or completing the pre-med requirements.

Department of History

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