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Internship Program

native-americanThe History Department’s Internship Program is designed to offer history majors an opportunity to put to practical use a variety of skills and information acquired in the classroom. Internship credit may be earned by working with local, state and federal government entities, as well as with non-government organizations, museums, and private companies where the historian’s research and analytical skills can be practically applied. The ultimate goal is to teach the intern how to use these skills in the workplace while earning credit toward their degree. A secondary result is that interns gain experience that makes them more marketable upon graduation. An important part of the internship is the final essay in which the student reflects on the experience and carefully identifies the historical knowledge applied or gained. Internships are no less rigorous or less academic than regular classes. They are simply an alternative way of learning history. For information about internship availability please contact the department at (208) 426-1255 or bsuhistory@boisestate.edu. The deadline for applications is February 19, 2016.

Requirements


Your overall GPA should be 3.0 to qualify for internship credit, although under certain conditions the GPA requirement may be waived. If your overall GPA is below 3.2 you may only take the internship pass/not pass. All one-credit internships will be pass/not pass. In order to earn a passing grade for your activities you will be responsible for the following:

  1. Fulfill the hourly obligation with the agency for the number of credits you expect to earn, i.e. 50 hours for each credit taken.
  2. Maintain a journal or log in which you describe your assignments and record the number of hours worked at each. It is also a good idea to enter here the type of learning experience you gained in each task. At the end of the semester you should present the log to your supervisor(s) to make sure that your records correspond to theirs. The completed log, with supervisor’s signature, should then be turned into the department’s internship coordinator during the last week of classes.
  3. Also, during the final week of classes you should submit to the internship coordinator a brief essay about your experience. This should reflect the impact that the internship had on your educational development. It should be typewritten, double-spaced, one-inch margins, standard 12-point typeface, and no more than five-pages long. Your name and the name of the agency where you worked should be at the top of the essay.
  4. Prior to the end of the semester the internship coordinator will request a written evaluation from your supervisor. You have the right to see the evaluation your supervisor submits before the coordinator turns your grade into the registrar. View a copy of the evaluation form.
  5. It is your responsibility to keep in touch with the internship coordinator about problems that may surface as you engage in your internship activities. The sooner you do this, the easier it is to make adjustments. It is our intention to make the internship process a positive educational experience where the student and the agency both benefit.

Enrollment


The Internship Application for Academic Credit is now on-line. Access the form at the Career Center website (internship page) or for training on how to use the system, please contact Anne Evans at 426-4351 or anneevans@boisestate.edu. Part of the application process is an online workshop dealing with internships in general. It is important that you take complete the workshop before filling out the application form. While completing your application for academic credit you will be prompted to designate the department (history), the coordinator (Professor Leslie Madsen-Brooks), and information specific to the details of the internship. That information can be obtained from the coordinator.

Internship credits are variable, i.e. for each credit you earn you must work at least 50 hours in the internship. Some internship tasks only take about 50 hours whereas most are ongoing and students can earn 3 or more credits per semester depending upon the hours worked and the duties performed. Internships are available for lower division credit (History 293), upper division credit (History 493), and for graduate credit (History 590). Students may apply 12 internship credits toward the baccalaureate degree, serving as fulfillment of upper division area requirements. Graduates in the Master of Applied Historical Research program may also earn up to 12 internship credits and in the Master of Arts in History up to 9 credits. In both cases internships will only be arranged with the authorization of the professor directing the graduate’s program.

Once the form is completed submit it for approval and print a copy for yourself. Take your copy to the internship coordinator for her signature, and to your supervisor for his/her signature. After securing both signatures turn the form into the Registrar’s office first floor of the Administration Building. If you are receiving financial aid your internship application must be submitted with appropriate signatures on or before the tenth day of classes of each semester. If you are not on financial aid and your internship is for less than 3 credits you have six weeks to register from the first day of classes.

Internship Possibilities


The history department has established over the years relationships with various federal, state, and local government entities that from time to time request interns. We also have developed internships in museums, non-governmental organizations, and within the private sector. Oftentimes, department faculty and sectors within the university request internships. We also encourage students with particular interests to develop their own internship opportunities. The internship coordinator works hard to make an appropriate match between an organization’s and student’s interests. Former interns have undertaken projects for the organizations below. Internships may or may not be available at these locations each semester. For details about each see the internship coordinator.

  • Idaho History Day (sponsored by the Idaho State Historical Society)
  • Idaho History Day Judges (1 credit only)
  • Idaho Oral History Center
  • Idaho State Historical Society, Library and Archives
  • Idaho State Historical Society, Preservation Office
  • Idaho State Historical Society, Old Penitentiary
  • Idaho State Historical Society, Julia Davis Park Museum
  • Idaho Military History Museum
  • Warhawk Museum (Nampa)
  • Basque Museum
  • Albertson Library Special Collections
  • Albertson Library
  • Boise Public Library
  • Boise City (Planning and Zoning)
  • Boise City (Historian’s office)
  • Center for Idaho History and Politics
  • Upward Bound (summer only, pays board and room and a stipend)
  • SSPA Secondary Education Intern
  • Celebration Park
  • Governor’s internship (apply directly to Governor’s office)
  • Snake River Alliance
  • Oregon State Park
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Research assistant for department faculty
  • Self-generated internships (dependent on department approval)

From time to time other internships become available and will be posted on the bulletin board outside the coordinator’s office and listed on this page. It is a good idea to check it occasionally. This is especially true for summer and one-time opportunities. For the most part internships are unpaid, although some do provide a stipend and expenses if warranted.

Please contact the Internship Coordinator for current internship opportunities:

Dr. Katherine Huntley
kvhuntley@boisestate.edu