“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

Interested in interning?

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.

Select Locations in the Recent Past:

  • Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
  • Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
  • Arkansas Secretary of State, office of the Capitol Historian
  • Arkansas Governor’s Office
  • Arkansas State Archives
  • Blacksmiths of Arkansas
  • Buffalo National River
  • Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
  • Central High National Historic Site
  • Clinton Presidential Library/National Archives
  • Congressional Offices
  • County Clerk Offices
  • Encyclopedia of Arkansas
  • Faulkner County Museum
  • Historic Arkansas Museum
  • Hot Springs National Park
  • Law Firms
  • Library of Congress
  • MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
  • Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for African-American History
  • National Naval Aviation Heritage Museum (Florida)
  • Naval History and Heritage Command (DC)
  • The Old State House
  • Toltec Mounds State Park
  • UCA Archives
  • US Capitol Historical Society
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Washington Center sites
  • Other State Parks
  • Other National Parks

Time Commitment

Internships are designed to take about as much time as a standard course and earn students three hours of credit in HIST4392. During fall and spring semesters, interns commit 8 to 10 hours per week for a total of 100 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.  HIST4392 is available every semester, but students cannot self register.

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 park superintendents within just 6 years of graduating.

Browse internship and job postings here (beta).  Use your UCA email account to request the password from Dr. Little.

Are you an historic site, museum, or research center that would like to have an intern?


For More information Contact:

Dr. Kimberly Little
Irby 106
Phone: (501) 450-3216