Public History Internships
The History Department at UCA will help qualified students identify, apply for, and carry out internships with museums, parks, historic sites, archives, and research centers in Arkansas and around the country. Internships are available for 3 hours of 4000-level History credits for students who have junior status (60 hours) and a GPA of 3.0 or higher and who have completed History 2320. Students who do not meet these requirements should contact the internship director to see if he or she may still complete an internship.
Internships are designed to take about as much time as a standard course. During fall and spring semesters, interns commit 6 to 10 hours per week for a total of 84 to 140 hours for the semester. During the summer, students can work out a schedule with their internship sponsors to reach the same number of total hours.
While they intern, students submit regular work logs to the History internship coordinator. They’ll also submit a final portfolio that will include a description of their site, the work they did, and what they learned about public history in general plus cumulative work logs and samples of their work. Site supervisors are responsible for submitting midterm evaluations and final evaluations of student work.
Recent graduates of UCA's public history internship program have gone on to become curators, museum specialists, and even assistant park superintendents within just 5 years of graduating.
Locations in the past decade
Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
Army Corps of Engineers
Arkansas Game and Fish
Clinton Presidential Library (National Archives)
Encyclopedia of Arkansas
Faulkner County Museum
Historic Arkansas Museum
Little Central High National Historic Site
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for African-American History
Old State House
Arkansas Historic Preservation Office
Washington Center (in DC!)
White County Clerk’s Office
“Interning is like History Research Methodology on steroids but much more fun. . . . It didn’t just prepare me for a future career; it helped me perform better in all of my classes.” --Rachel McKinney, intern at Mosaic Templars, 2007, and the Washington Center, 2008.
Are you interested in interning?
Are you an historic site, museum, or research center that would like to have an intern?