Public History Internship
Instructor: Dr Heather Fryer
A history degree can be a first step toward becoming a history professor, but there are many exciting career paths that a passion for the past and good academic training may lead you to.* The best way to learn about the diverse work that historians do outside of academics is to spend a semester working alongside professionals in these fields.
The Public History Internship Program collaborates with historical, cultural, and community organizations in the Omaha Metro area to create opportunities for history majors to earn elective credit by working at archives, museums, historical sites, and other institutions that preserve historical objects or promote historical awareness. In the last three years, students in the Public History Internship Program received training and experience under the supervision of professionals at the Creighton University Archives, the Sarpy County Museum, the Durham Museum, the Joslyn Art Museum, the Boys Town Hall of History and the Father Flanagan House.
Internships provide an opportunity to diversify your training and serve the community in any of several areas:
- historic preservation
- cultural institution administration, marketing, or public relations
Interns are eligible to receive credit if they perform satisfactorily at the internship site, complete any required readings, and submit a five-page essay that demonstrates what they learned at the internship site. Work hours translate to credit hours as follows:
- 10 hours/week = 3 credits
- 8 hours/week = 2 credits
- 6 hours/week = 1 credit
Interested in pursuing an internship at a different institution? The Public History Internship Program is always developing new partnerships and internship opportunities so please feel free to propose an internship that supports your interests and goals.
Want to intern at an institution outside Omaha? Long-distance summer-session internships are available with advance planning.
History majors and minors with junior or senior standing are eligible to apply for HIS 585. For more information or to start the application process please contact Dr. Heather Fryer before you are scheduled to register for courses.
*For additional information on job prospects in public history fields see the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.