Why not get practical, real world experience?
Why not find out what kind of work you might like to do?
The history department provides numerous internship opportunities for students. To be eligible for an internship a student must have a GPA of 3 or better, and be willing to work independently, off-campus. Applications should be submitted before the academic semester in which the internship is expected to begin. “Learning Contract & Internship Proposal” forms are available from the rack outside of the History Department Office (321 Champlain Valley Hall). To learn more, please contact the internship coordinator, Dr. Sylvie Beaudreau, or the department chair. In the past, the department has partnered with the following organizations to offer internships to students:
Steffaney Wilcox at Adirondack Museum
I was an intern for the Adirondack Museum during the summer of 2016. I worked within the Education Department, talking with visitors about various exhibits on logging, hunting, fishing, boating, and many other aspects of living in the Adirondacks. I was able to meet with school groups from local Adirondack schools, local residents and tourists from around the world, educating them on aspects of the Adirondacks. Additionally, the museum opened the Minnow Pond Trail for public use for the first time and I was part of the crew which helped prepare the trail for visitors. The trail is intended to be an interactive way to learn about the environment of the Adirondacks today, in addition to how it has changed throughout history.
During my internship, I worked with the amazing staff at the museum, learned to row an Adirondack guideboat, and conducted research on guiding in the Adirondacks. I was also able to live Fowler Cottage, one of the original buildings on the museum’s campus.
Jackie Mead at Montpelier
I recently started an archaeology internship at James Madison’s Montpelier. Montpelier is the Virginia home of the fourth president of the United States, and includes a mansion and miles of surrounding grounds.
Currently, the archaeology department is searching for the cultural remains of the enslaved population as part of a new exhibit on slavery and the constitution. A large part of the slave dwellings have been reconstructed, and will be open to the public on June 4th. We are currently looking for a fence line that separated the South Yard (domestic slaves) from the Stable Quarter (laboring slaves). Eventually, the fence will be reconstructed and everything inside it will be ticketed. I’ve spent the last week excavating units and re-learning how to do archaeology. In a week and a half, I will be teaching a field school of fifteen students. The field school will run for four weeks, after which I will most likely head back home. It’s hard work in the hot sun, but it's exciting to already have “archaeologist” on my name tag!
Samantha Johnson in Sherbrooke
I was an archival intern at the Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC) in Sherbrooke, Quebec for six weeks. My tasks consisted of processing incoming materials, transcribing 19th century letters, updating the ETRC Facebook page, and helping prepare for a photography exhibition. In addition to handling historical documents, I really enjoyed observing the interaction between ETRC and the community. There is a strong sense of cultural pride in the region, and it is very rewarding to know that my work there will have a positive impact on preserving the local heritage.
Through its museum, research library, and public programs, the museum explores the history of the Adirondacks and county. www.adkhistorycenter.org
Dedicated to preserving the history of the Adirondacks, the Adirondack Museum includes almost 30 buildings and a diverse collection of historical, archival, and artistic materials. www.adkmuseum.org
Founded in 2000 and first dedicated to the history of Lozier Motors, the museum now covers a variety of transportation in the region. cvtmuseum.wix.com/cvt-museum
Designed to collect, record, and preserve the history of Clinton County, the Historian’s Office maintains archival holdings for virtually every facet of the county’s history. www.clintoncountygov.com/Departments/Historian/HistorianHomePage.html
Occupying the Four Chimneys building on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base, the museum interprets the area’s history from the earliest recorded times (1600) to the present day through its collections of paintings, maps, furniture, and decorative arts. www.clintoncountyhistorical.org
The oldest building in Plattsburgh, it affords a unique glimpse into Plattsburgh's early history and most prominent families. www.kentdelordhouse.org
The Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum commemorates the 1932 Winter Olympics and 1980 Winter Olympics, which were based in the village. www.lpom.org
Since its inception in 2000, the NCCCA has striven to collaborate with the community and strengthen the arts and economy of the North Country. mountainlake.org/locations/north-country-cultural-center-for-the-arts/
The NCUGRHA researches, preserves and interprets the history of the Underground Railroad, slavery and abolition along the Upper Hudson River-Champlain Canal-Lake Champlain corridor of northeast New York. www.northcountryundergroundrailroad.com
Shelburne Museum is a museum of art and Americana located in Shelburne, Vermont. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds. shelburnemuseum.org
Rare and Archival Materials Focused on the North Country of New York State. Types of opportunities include preparing an exhibit (physical and virtual) of Civil War letters written by local people; and an exhibit on the history of the Plattsburgh Normal School. https://web.plattsburgh.edu/library/specialcollections/
Operating the Battle of Plattsburgh Interpretive Center, the Battle of Plattsburgh Association is expanding its focus to the history of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. www.battleofplattsburgh.org/museum.html
For more information about history program internships, please contact:
Dr. Sylvie Beaudreau
Office: Champlain Valley Hall 327