Graduate students seeking to obtain a degree in Public History from Appalachian State University are required to complete an internship of 6 credit hours, or approximately 240 hours total.
Internships are designed to give Public History graduate students hands-on experience in a number of professional settings: museum management, archives, publications and press, etc. These internships also provide public history students with the opportunity to network with professionals in the field.
Internships in the Public History Department (HIS 5900) are researched and chosen by individual graduate students – they are not assigned. Students are free to choose internships with any institution regardless of the institution's location. Internships may be paid or unpaid and compensation is often determined by the institution that is offering the internship.
How to Register for an Internship
The Internship Data Sheet (DOCX, 18 KB) must be completed and submitted to the faculty supervisor prior to starting the internship. After the data sheet is completed, we will generate an Internship Contract. You will need to sign the contract, as well as your internship site supervisor and your faculty supervisor. After all signatures are acquired and processed through the Internship Inventory, you will be automatically registered for the internship. Please allow enough time prior to the start of the semester for all paperwork to be processed.
There is helpful information on finding and securing internships at the University's Internships pages.
Sample Internship Sites
- Brownsville Historical Association – Brownsville, Texas
- Buck Dunn Memorial Summer Internship at Bentonville Battlefield (DOC, 31 KB) -- Newton Grove, North Carolina
- Girl Museum -- Virtual Museum
- Hickory Ridge Living History Museum -- Boone, North Carolina
- History Associates -- Rockville, Maryland
- The History Press – Charleston, South Carolina
- Maidstone Museum and Bentliff Art Gallery – Kent, England
- Museum of Ashe County History – Jefferson, North Carolina
- National Archives and Records Administration – Washington, D.C.
- North Carolina State Government Internship Program -- Raleigh, North Carolina
- The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill -- Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History – Washington, D.C.
- Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum – Washington, D.C.
- Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian – Washington, D.C.
- Telfair Museum of Savannah – Savannah, Georgia
- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The Louis Round Wilson Library - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- Virginia Holocaust Museum, Richmond, VA
- Washington Internship Program -- Washington. D.C.
Where We've Interned
Appalachain State public history students have interned at places such as the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, the National Archives and Records Administration, History Associates, the Maidstone Museum and Bentliff Art Gallery in England, the Museum of Ashe County History in nearby Jefferson, N.C., and even a virtual Girl Museum dedicated to celebrating girlhood. See the "Where We've Interned" page for a few profiles detailing our students' experiences and their tips for future interns.