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Resources and Opportunities
Opportunities to learn through service and other experiences that have a real-world impact are built into your History major.
Experiential learning opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- digital archive creation;
- oral history collection;
- mapping projects; or
- website creation.
Internship and service learning opportunities can take several forms, including involvement with national, state, and local organizations.
National Archives (including regional archives in Kansas City)
Museum Employment Resource Center (job and internship listings)
Preservenet (jobs and internship listings)
Smithsonian (including “virtual” internships)
Missouri Civil War Museum, St. Louis
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, Independence
Missouri History Museum, Forest Park
Businesses and organizations
Ft. Leonard Wood, U.S. Military Base
Kaleidoscope Discovery Center
Phelps County Historical Association
Rolla Preservation Alliance
On-campus Design Teams (in a role involving the discipline of history)
What Must I Do to Receive Credit for My Internship?
Each internship must involve at least 400 hours of work at an appropriate facility (9 credit hours). The work done must be sufficiently varied and challenging to provide a significant learning experience. Students should inform the internship coordinator of the plan of work. The internship coordinator must make contact with the supervisor of the work, in order to insure that internships are a valuable experience for the student.
In order to receive a grade for the internship, students must complete the following:
- a concise daily journal of activities during the internship
- a five-page typewritten report on a special project involving significant research or a professional level of activity*
- a 30-minute oral presentation on the intern's experiences (to be presented to an audience of historic preservation students) OR a twenty-page paper describing the internship experience
*The student and the internship coordinator should agree in advance on a special project.
Where Can I Do My Internship?
Students should take the initiative in arranging an internship at a museum, archival facility, historic site, or historical agency. In the past students have completed internships at Smithsonian American Art Museum; Shiloh National Military Park; Harry S. Truman Library & Museum; Preserve Rhode Island; NPS Midwest Regional Office; Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation; Shropshire Archives (Shrewsbury, England); San Francisco History Center; Mastodon State (MO) Historic Site; Missouri State Museum; Jefferson Barracks Heritage Foundation; Jefferson Barracks County Park (St. Louis County); Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum; Chateau de Mores (ND); Bolduc House Museum (MO); National Churchill Museum; Museum of Transportation (St. Louis, MO); Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology; Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, MN; Pennsylvania Downtown Center, Harrisburg, PA; South Dakota State Historical Society (SHPO), Pierre, SD; Luther Center, Wittenberg, Germany; General Alfred M. Gray Marine Corps Research Center, Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA; Association of Midwest Museums, St. Louis, MO; Volkening Heritage Farm, Schaumburg, IL; Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis MO; Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY; the National Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, D.C.), Gettysburg National Battlefield (Pennsylvania), Vicksburg National Military Park (Mississippi), The Navy Museum (Washington, D.C.), the New Jersey SHPO (Trenton), Conner Prairie (Indiana), Ft. Davidson State Historic Site (MO), Ft. Larned National Historic Site (Kansas), , the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center (Frederick, Maryland), the National Archives (Denver Regional Office), Oshkosh Public Museum (Wisconsin), the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Missouri State Archives,, the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office, the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, Old Town Cape and the City of Cape Girardeau, and many other historical agencies.