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Internships

The department actively assists students in finding internships in local businesses, museums, and other institutions. Employers recognize that history students have good writing skills and understand how to research and organize material.

For example, indulge your passion for history in one of the country’s most historic cities through The Philadelphia Center. For other opportunities go to http://www.hope.edu/beyondhope/offcamp/domestic.htm The following local and national organizations sponsor internships for which majoring in history would be helpful:

  • Department of the Navy
  • Department of the Air Force
  • Department of the Army
  • Department of Transportation, United States Coast Guard
  • National Parks and Planning Service
  • Muskegon Museum
  • Holland Historical Trust/Holland Museum
  • State Department
  • Major corporations (special research projects, market analysis, etc.)
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • United Auto Workers
  • United Rubber Workers
  • Independent Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Teamsters

Guidelines on Internships:

For internships, the College requires three hours of work per week in a fifteen-week semester for one credit, for two credits, it would be six hours a week, and so on.

The Career Development Center is an excellent resource for students considering an internship. Students may contact them before an internship is acquired for ideas and assistance or once an internship has been lined up to apply for credit.

The History department will also need the following:

  1. A written proposal, including (a) the name and address of the museum or other organization; (b) the name and contact information for the onsite internship supervisor at the venue; a description of what you would be doing--i.e., your major project, your responsibilities, your hours per week, the anticipated final product of your internship--whatever it is the place expects you to produce. The proposal should be approved by the History department in the spring for a fall internship and in the fall for a spring internship.

  2. You would need to communicate with your department supervisor once a week or so, by e-mail, about what you are doing and how it's going.

  3. A written evaluation, directed to your department supervisor, from your internship supervisor at the end of your internship.

  4. A 4-6 page essay, from you, evaluating the experience in terms of the ways you put your history education to use, and the things you learned from your internship.

  5. If your final product is reproducible (i.e. a report or something that could be photocopied), the department would like a copy of it. We'd also like photos of you working on your project. You could arrange to have them done while you're at the museum, or the supervisor could take some when he or she shows up for the site visit.

 

 

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