At both the graduate and undergraduate level, students may earn credit toward their history degree by working in a history-related field. Any work setting or any work project that allows a student to apply his or her historical training may qualify as an internship experience. It's up to you, the student, to make the initial contact with a potential employer, to work out a viable work-for-credit program, and to complete the contract form: request for enrollment in internship courses. Only after the Department of History has formally approved your request will you be signed into an internship course.
At the graduate level, five different types of internship have been identified. Graduate students are restricted to four (4) total credit hours of internship credit for their degree requirements. Each hour of internship credit usually translates into a minimum of four hours of work per week for an entire semester. In other words, one hour of credit represents a minimum of 56 hours on the job; 2 hours of credit represents 112 hours of work; 3 hours of credit equals 168 hours; 4 hours would reflect at least 224 hours on the job. Intern supervisors may set higher expectations. In all cases both graduate and undergraduate students must fill out the form referred to above.
Graduate Archiving Internship. History 6500 is available for 2-4 credits and is usually completed in conjunction with the staff in Special Collections & Archives in Merrill Library. Internships are available in either the manuscript or photograph sections of the department. Graduate students are required to complete History 6840 (Archives Management) before becoming eligible for an internship in Merrill Library. In the past, students have also completed internships at the archives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City and at the official state archives, also in Salt Lake.
Graduate Editing Internship. History 6520 grows out of USU's relationship with the Western Historical Quarterly which is housed in the Department of History. The internship may be taken once in the course of one's graduate training for 2 credits, with interns working a minimum of 10 hours a week for an entire semester. The experience gives the student a unique perception of how the scholarly world operates. Students interested in working at the Quarterly should email its editor Dr. David Rich Lewis at email@example.com.
Graduate Museum Internship. History 6540 represents another option that many students have taken advantage of. It may be taken for 2-4 credits. Typically students have worked at local or regional museums (American West Heritage Center in Cache Valley, Air Force Museum in Ogden, Golden Spike National Historic Monument in Utah, Fossil Butte National Monument in Wyoming, and the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University). Interested students should contact the Department Head.
Graduate Professional Internship. History 6560 may be for 2-4 credits. It has been used mainly by students doing historical research for the Bureau of Land Management in Denver and Salt Lake City. This title could, however, include a range of potential venues and projects. If you would like to propose an internship under this number, please contact the Department Head.
Graduate Teaching Internship. Through History 6580 a graduate student works with an instructor in an advanced-level undergraduate course for 2 hours of internship credit. He or she may, for instance, develop a course unit and present and evaluate it. The graduate intern must attend the course and may be expected to help on a daily basis, but should be involved in the evaluation of only a limited amount of the student assignments. The intern will not bear the brunt of the grading.
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