In order to receive academic credit in History for your internship, you need to be enrolled in HIST-X473 while you are doing your internship.
You can enroll in HIST-X473 for 1-3 credits per semester, up to a maximum of 6 credits over the course of your undergraduate studies. No more than 3 credits can count toward your History major. Credits are based on at least 50 work hours per credit hour. To enroll in HIST-X473 you must have taken HIST-H270 and 6 additional credit hours of History coursework.
HIST-X473 enables you to receive academic credit for a part-time or full-time internship experience in any professional field. In order to enroll in the course, you need to line up your internship before the start of the semester and communicate your plans to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org) so they know to expect the approval request from the Walter Center for Career Achievement. The Director of Undergraduate Studies will also be able to tell you what sort of academic work is required for the course.
Enrollment happens through the Walter Center for Career Achievement platform. Please go to: https://careers.college.indiana.edu/earn-internship-credit/
Scroll down to the red “Start Course Application” button and click it.
Fill out the application. Your application will then automatically route to your employer (or internship supervisor) and to the faculty coordinator (the History department Director of Undergraduate Studies). Once they have approved the application, you will be able to enroll in HIST-X473.
The course is graded on an S/F scale. Successful completion of the course requires a learning contract, employer evaluations, and faculty-supervised critical reflections relating the internship experience to the competencies gained in the major.
Once you are enrolled in the course, email the Director of Undergraduate Studies (email@example.com) to agree on the academic work schedule.
If you need help in identifying potential internship, you can explore internships locally as well as outside of Bloomington in the listing below. The Walter Center for Career Achievement has a vast database of further opportunities.
You can earn academic credit for all kinds of internship, in Bloomington or elsewhere. Some of our students have done internships in Washington, DC and even in London, UK.
However, we provide here a list of local, history-related internships that might be of particular interest to some of you. To learn more about a particular opportunity contact the organization directly using the information listed at the end of each announcement.
American Historical Review
914 E. Atwater Avenue, Bloomington, IN
The American Historical Review (AHR) is the official publication of the American Historical Association and brings together scholarship from every major field of historical study.
To inquire about internship opportunities, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bloomington Restorations, Inc.
2920 E. 10th St., Bloomington, IN
Bloomington Restorations, Inc. (BRI) is a not-for-profit historic preservation group serving Bloomington and Monroe County. The organization works to save endangered historic buildings, provide affordable housing, and raise awareness of the significance of the community’s old buildings and neighborhoods. BRI offers unpaid internships that train students to assist in carrying out the organization’s programs.
To inquire about internship opportunities, contact BRI Executive Director Steve Wyatt, (812) 336-0909, or email@example.com.
Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
State of Indiana
402 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN
The internship program offers professional training to undergraduate and graduate college students. These unpaid internships allow students to gain skills for employment in public history, historic preservation and archaeology. The program also helps maintain the strong bond between DHPA staff and regional collegiate faculty and students.
To learn more about internship opportunities, go to https://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/2778.htm.
Indiana University Archives
Wells Library, Indiana University Bloomington
The Indiana University Archives is a department within the IU Library system. As an archives, the primary mission is to collect, organize, make accessible and preserve records documenting Indiana University's origins and development and the activities and achievements of its officers, faculty, students, alumni and benefactors.
To inquire about internship opportunities, contact the University Archives Director Dina Kellams at 812-855-2323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana University Press
Wells Library, Indiana University Bloomington
Indiana University Press (IUP) is an international scholarly book and journals publisher, located on the Bloomington campus in Wells Library.
To learn about internship opportunities, go to https://iupress.org/internships/.
Journal of American History
Digital Media Intern
1215 E. Atwater Avenue, Bloomington, IN
The Journal of American History (JAH) is the leading scholarly publication and journal of record in the field of American History.
To inquire about internship opportunities, contact JAH Acting Editor Steven Andrews, (812) 855-2816, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
416 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN
The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology was formed through the merger of the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. In practicum (internship) and volunteer roles, the museum hosts students with diverse intellectual interests, skills, and career goals.
For more information information, consult the “practica guide” on this page: https://mathersmuseum.indiana.edu/student-info/index.html.
Monroe County History Center
202 E. 6th Street, Bloomington, IN
The mission of the Monroe County History Center is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of Monroe County’s history, culture, and natural environment by preserving our history, creating informative exhibits and public programs, and promoting collaborative outreach.
To inquire about internship opportunities, contact email@example.com.
Wylie House Museum
307 E. 2nd Street, Bloomington, IN
Built in 1835, Wylie House was the home of Indiana University's first president, Andrew Wylie, and his family. Today Wylie House is owned and operated by Indiana University as a historic house museum recreating the Wylie home prior to 1860.
To inquire about internship opportunities, contact Wylie House Director Carey Champion, (812) 856-2353, firstname.lastname@example.org.
IUB Hutton Honors College Pre-Professional Experience Internship Grants
Indiana University’s Hutton Honors College offers funding for selected students to pursue unpaid internships.
The Public History Navigator: How to Choose and Thrive in a Public History Graduate Program
While this guide focuses on graduate school, it contains useful advice for thinking about your history career and obtaining relevant experience. Such strategies can also assist in finding an internship experience that matches your goals.
American Association for State and Local History Career Center
The AASLH Career Center provides a clearinghouse of jobs and internships in the history field, primarily at museums, historical societies, and historic sites.
Indiana Historical Society Job Opportunities
Based in Indianapolis, the Indiana Historical Society collects, preserves, and shares Indiana’s history; this page provides information about internships with the organization.
Indiana Landmarks: Jobs Available
Indiana Landmarks is the state’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation, with regional offices throughout Indiana.
Indiana State Museum Internships
The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites offer a wide variety of internship opportunities for college students at all levels of study and in many different disciplines.
National Council for Public History Job Site
The NCPH job site lists available jobs and internships in the field of public history.
PreserveNet Internship Opportunities
PreserveNet is an online resource for people interested in working in the field of historic preservation; it includes a page specifically for internship openings.
Smithsonian Institution Internships
This site is the starting point for exploring internship opportunities at the various museums and offices of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.
U.S. Department of State
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 nonprofit agencies in the Washington DC 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 DC, but financial assistance is available.
Each spring, the History department awards the Browder-Lewis Summer Internship Prize. The competition is open to all History majors who have been accepted for a full-time summer internship. The internship does not have to be history-related but your application needs to explain how your history classes have prepared you for this internship and the career path it will open for you. Preference will be given to volunteer, unpaid internships but all applicants will be considered. The application details and deadline are announced each spring to the History department major listserv. You may also contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for details at email@example.com. The Internship Prize Committee will award $4,000. Recipient(s) and amount(s) will be determined by the committee.
We encourage all our students to familiarize themselves with the opportunities offered by the Walter Center for Career Achievement.
If you wish you talk to a career coach who knows the History department and its program well, please reach out to Kimberly Good.
Kimberly Good is a Senior Career Coach at the Walter Center
for Career Achievement and is the career coach who serves the History Department, among others. Kimberly is a Board
Certified Coach with a Master’s in Business Administration and undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Spanish. She is passionate about working with students. Whether you know exactly what you want to do or have no idea, you can meet with Kimberly to talk about career readiness. She also teaches the College to Careers Course, ASCS-Q294. This 2 credit pass/fail course is great for students exploring majors and careers.
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