The 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 internships, please contact Prof. Bob H. Reinhardt, Internship Coordinator, by phone (208-426-1367), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or in person (office: History 173 – west side of Albertsons Library).
Interns from the history department have served in many different agencies and organizations in Boise, the Treasure Valley, Idaho, and beyond — see the bottom of this page for some of these partner organizations. There are many different internship opportunities; here are just a few:
- Agency for New Americans: Education Programming Internship
- Boise City Arts & History Department: variety
- Boise High School: assisting with new archives
- Canyon County Historical Society: variety
- Dry Creek Historical Society: farmstead restoration and video documentary of historical walking tour
- Global Gardens: Farmer Mentorship and Farm and Marketing Internship
- Idaho Black History Museum: Guest Services / Museum Docent
- Idaho State Archives: archival processing projects
- Idaho State Historic Preservation Office: historic preservation internship
- Idaho State Museum: museum collections and exhibitions
- Idaho State Old Penitentiary: Museum Docent
- Minidoka National Historic Site: visitor services/interpretation (on site) and research and writing (off-site; remote)
- National History Day in Idaho (through Idaho State Historical Society): Summer traveling trunk internship
- Rock Creek Ranch: Barn Restoration Internship
There are also plenty of internship opportunities outside of Idaho, including:
- Boston Public Library: Transcribing Anti-Slavery Manuscripts (contact Prof. Reinhardt about doing this as internship)
- Missouri State Archives: https://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/about/volunteers
- Mount Vernon historic site: variety of internships and jobs
- National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/citizen-archivist
- National Museum of American History
- National Park Service: Heritage Documentation Programs jobs and internships
- Nova Scotia Archives: https://archives.novascotia.ca/transcribe
- NYPL Menu Project: http://menus.nypl.org/
- Smithsonian: Latino Initiative Internship to Fellowship (I2F) Program (due 15 June 2018)
- U.S. Department of State internships: https://www.historians.org/news-and-advocacy/calendar/event-detail?eventId=1817
We also encourage students with particular interests to develop their own internship opportunities. The internship coordinator is happy to speak with interns and potential internship partners: contact Prof. Bob H. Reinhardt by email at email@example.com or by phone at (208) 426-1367 .
The Internship Application for Academic Credit is now on-line. For more information on the process and for the application form, please go to the Career Center website (the form is on the left side menu). For training on how to use the system, please contact Anne Evans at 426-4351 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Part of the application process is an online workshop dealing with internships in general. It is important that you 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 Bob H. Reinhardt), 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 45 hours in the internship. Some internship tasks only take about 45 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.
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.
In order to earn a passing grade for your activities you will be responsible for the following:
- Fulfill the hourly obligation with the agency for the number of credits you expect to earn, i.e. 45 hours for each credit taken.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 as a Word document or PDF document.
- 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.