What can I do with this major?
History Career Fields:
- Local and State Government
- Federal Government
- Curatorial and Archival Management
Why Major in History?
Careers for History Majors – A miniguide from the American Historical Association
Why Study History? An Essay by Peter N. Stearns
- Public Policy
- Special Interest Advocacy
- Elected or Appointed Leadership
- Prosecution and Defense
- Nonprofit or Public Interest
- American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies
- American Association for State and Local History: Includes job openings in historical societies and museums
- American Association of Museums: A variety of information including job openings
- Association for Ancient Historians
- The Conference on Latin American History
- Latin American Studies Association
- National Council on Public History
- North American Conference on British Studies
- Society for Late Antiquity
- Western Society for French History
Governor’s Summer Internship Program This 10-week summer internship is available to juniors and seniors of all majors. This competitive program utilizes students in substantive tasks within the Maryland State Government.
Interested students should contact Mark Heidrich
Historic Preservation Internships The National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) is offering 10-week paid internships in federal cultural resource program offices and in national parks.
Positions will be available at the National Park Service, the US Naval Academy, the Department of Defense and the General Services Administration. This program gives students the opportunity to undertake short-term research projects. The starting dates vary on the specific internships. More information and applications are available at either NPS:
is designed to provide experience and the opportunity to learn more about
the Smithsonian through direct experience in research or museum related
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George Washington: Pioneer Farmer and Distillery/Gristmill This is a 10-week, paid internship at Mount Vernon. Six interns will work at the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer and Distillery/Gristmill exhibition site, wearing period attire and working on-site to teach visitors about George Washington’s innovative farming techniques. Interns will complete a short training program, conduct research regarding Washington’s agricultural practices, and take several field trips to related historic sites.
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies recruits Asian American/ Pacific Islander undergraduate students and places them in an eight-week paid summer internship in Washington, D.C. Students will participate and gain experience in the fields of law, policy analysis, public relations, government and business administration, and library sciences.
American Folklife Center Volunteer Internship Program The American Folklife Center has a limited number of volunteer internships. The internships are unpaid but offer a wide range of experience in the fields of folklore and folklife. Interns will organize activities for the Center and participate in compiling the Center’s Archive collections.
The internships range for six weeks and part-time arrangements are possible. Applications are accepted at any time.
Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) The Anacostia Community Museum works is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of American history and culture from an African American perspective. The museum works with community organizations, neighborhood groups and other organizations. The program’s objectives are flexible to suit a students’ interest and needs. There is no application due date and all will be considered and accepted based on staff availability and museum schedules.
Architectural History and Historic Preservation (AHHP) The AHHP occasionally offers internships for the study of the history and preservation of Smithsonian buildings. The internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Internships focus on the use of primary research materials. The intern will work under the AHHP staff meeting and requires a work plan and a written paper of twenty pages. The AHHP is willing to work with faculty of a college or university to arrange for credit as an independent seminar.
Internships are not always offered.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG) Internships at HMSG are purely un-paid volunteer internships but offer a wide range of experience in different departments including Curatorial Division, Education, Exhibition and Design, conservation, and Public Affairs. Applicants should have 15 semester hours of art history or the academic equivalent with a grade point average of 3.25.
History Associates Internships
Internships at History Associates are voluntary and part-time. History Associates offer historical, archival, and records management services. Interns would be expected to help with incoming projects.
Historic St. Mary’s City Historic St. Mary’s City, the site of the fourth permanent settlement in British North America, Maryland’s first capital and the birthplace of religious toleration, is an exciting mix of colorful living history and fascinating archaeology, all set in a beautiful tidewater landscape. Historic St. Mary’s City enriches the St. Mary’s experience by providing opportunities for historical excavation, guided tours, internships, and classes.