The History Department encourages students to look for enriching experiences beyond campus and to pursue opportunities in real-life situations. Internships allow students to test possible career fields, network, and develop specific skills. We gladly pass along notices from internship/work agencies that are received by the department.

The History Department does not give academic credit for work experiences. The Career Center website has information about securing academic credit for internships, including UC 225 from the University of Michigan.

Students who find find historically relevant internships may be able to combine their experience with independent academic work, under faculty supervision, and receive credit through our Reading Course (History 395). Students must make arrangements with an appropriate faculty member, often a professor who knows them from class. The student is expected to propose his or her own topic related to the internship and then work with the faculty member to develop the course requirements (reading list, assignments, papers, evaluation, number of credits, etc.)

University of Michigan Internship Websites +

Michigan in Washington Program
An opportunity for 20-25 University of Michigan undergraduates from all majors to spend a fall or winter term in Washington, D.C. The program provides a unique chance for students to combine coursework with field experience in an internship that reflects each student's area of interest. The next application deadline and Friday, September 30, 2011.

Public Service Intern Program
Assists talented students from ALL academic disciplines in securing summer internship positions in Washington D.C. with congressional and congressional support offices, executive offices and agencies, judicial offices, special interest and lobby organization, arts/museums, non-profits, and print and broadcast media. PSIP is one of the nation's largest and most respected internship programs.

Some previous positions were with the State Department, Congressional Black Caucus, U.S. Attorney's Office, Common Cause, Republican National Committee, Sierra Club, Smithsonian, ABC News, and many congressional offices. Applications are accepted in early fall for the following summer.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP)
Research partnerships between U-M students and University of Michigan faculty and research scientists. Fields include Social Sciences and Humanities among others. You must apply to the program.

University of Michigan International Center
Resource for jobs and internships abroad. Join their list-serve for current information.

The Career Center Internship Resources
Internship Postings
Securing Academic Credit for Internships

Career Center Connector 
Connection to employers seeking to hire U-M, Ann Arbor students for internships and permanent positions. It includes job and internship listings, online resume collections, employer presentation information, as well as on-campus interviewing opportunities. The Connector is one resource to assist in your job and/or internship search and should be used in combination with additional resources and strategies. Register on-line at the Career Center website

University of Michigan Alumni Association
Students have free access to all services, including inCircle (job/internship postings, networking with alumni), Alumni NetWorks (contacts with volunteer alumni in many fields), 30-Minute Mentors (individual interviews on campus). Special services available just for current students.

Government and Other Internship Websites +

The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan Historical Resources Internship Program
Volunteer interns work directly with a curator, registrar, archivist, librarian or conservator who serves as a mentor.  In addition to completing specific project assignments, Historical Resources interns are encouraged to participate in the larger life of the institution in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the varied aspects of museum work.

Intern in Michigan
Connects students attending Michigan public universities with employers from around the state. 

U.S. State Department
The State Department manages several student employment programs that enable students to get experience in a foreign affairs environment through on-the-job experience. Some students work in Washington, DC and others have the opportunity to work at an embassy overseas.  For more information, read the Internship Brochure.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Interns work alongside the Wilson Center staff and who have an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on a variety of issues consistent with the work of their various offices, programs and projects.

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
Combines internships with academic seminars in the Washington D.C. area.

Smithsonian Institution Office of Fellowships
There are many internship, fellowship, and volunteer program opportunities throughout the Library.

Library of Congress
An internship at the Smithsonian Institution is a prearranged, structured learning experience scheduled within a specific time frame.
One-stop shop for information on government agencies with student internship and employment

Gilder Lehrman History Scholars ProgramThe Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award recognizes outstanding college juniors and seniors who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American history or American studies as well as a commitment to public service and community involvement. Fifteen top American history college juniors and seniors will be selected as Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award winners who will:

•Spend a long weekend in New York City, June 2016.
•Participate in a program of special presentations, including meetings with eminent scholars.
•Experience exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of historic archives.
•Receive the Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award at a celebratory dinner.

For more information, email

Johns Hopkins University - Center for Talented Youth
Assist in teaching at summer enrichment programs for talented youth in the eastern and western U.S. Residential and day programs. Room and board and a small salary are provided. Application consideration begins at the end of January for the summer programs. APPLY IN JANUARY FOR THE FOLLOWING SUMMER.

The Carter Center
Unique and diverse opportunities for undergraduate juniors and seniors, recent graduates, and graduate/professional students who are interested in contemporary international and domestic issues.

The National Assembly Directory of Internships 
Database lists over 2000 internships in more than 500 non-profit service organizations.

Student Conservation Association, Inc. (SCA
Environmental conservation internships, some with public history situations.

Rising Star Internships
U.S. internships listed by area of interest.

Searchable list of internship postings.

Entry level jobs and internships.

International Internship Websites +

CDS International 
Professional internship programs abroad.

Winant and Clayton Volunteers 
Summer community service volunteer projects in the U.K. (especially London).

BUNAC offers US students and young people work/travel programs to Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Each program offers a unique insight into life in a completely new culture and a chance to spend extended time working and travelling overseas. In addition BUNAC USA offers a volunteer placement program in South Africa.

Right to Play International Through SportWorks 
Through SportWorks program, sport and play activities are implemented to enhance healthy child development and build community capacity in more than 20 countries throughout Africa and Asia. Funded, one-year positions in Africa, South and Southeast Asia.

Amity Volunteer Teachers Abroad Program offers teaching opportunities in a variety of countries for intern teaching assistants and for experienced teachers. Assignments range from 2 months to a full academic year. Apply 3 to 6 months before you wish to start teaching abroad.

Foundation For Sustainable Development (FSD) 
Internships in Africa and Latin America. 

Funding for Internships +

University of Michigan International Institute 
Individually Developed Overseas Internship Awards. Grants to fund overseas internships for students who will be returning to campus.

U-M Center for International and Comparative Studies 
Students are eligible to apply in the Winter term if they have secured an internship with an organization, preferably working in the areas of one of these three themes: 

  • Human rights 
  • International development 
  • International security and cooperation