Internship in Historical Research

“I have gained an immense amount of knowledge from my internship as a whole at the Slater Museum.”—Megan Sherrick, 2013 Intern, Slater Museum, Norwich

“From the collections I’ve worked with to the items I’ve processed, I have gained the hands-on experience that I was looking for in a museum setting.”—Danielle Furlani, 2013 Intern, Connecticut Historical Society

Internships in history provide an opportunity for advanced History majors to earn academic credit while gaining professional experience in a museum, historical site, library, or similar location. Three credits of HIS 490 may be applied toward your History major requirements.

Opportunities and Benefits

Internships provide a variety of non-paying, off-campus, on-the-job experiences, including participation in archaeological digs, preparation of museum exhibits, creation of educational programs for school classes, basic research, cataloging and archival work, service as tour guides and teachers, and other professional-level tasks associated with the work of museums and historic sites.

Internships provide practical training in a professional. They provide actual experience using the knowledge and skills you have learned as a history major, provide experiential learning opportunities, and may be useful in applying for jobs or graduate school. In lieu of a salary, students receive academic credit toward their history major.

Course Credit

Internships are generally approved for 3 credits, but it is possible to register for 1-15 credits, depending on the circumstances. Up to 3 credits of HIS 490 can be applied to the History or History and Social Science major. Any HIS 490 credits above 3 will become electives.

For each credit, expect to work 40 hours total during the semester. A normal 3-credit internship requires 8 hours of work per week (120 hours for the semester). The specific schedule is arranged with the sponsoring supervisor at the internship site. Internships may be completed partially or totally over an intersession or during the summer.


In order to register for HIS 490, you should: (1) be a junior or senior; (2) have passed HIS 200 and several other upper-division history courses; (3) have at last a 3.0 overall GPA; (4) have written an approved proposal in consultation with the site supervisor; (5) have written approval from the project director (faculty member). A special Permission to Register for Internships form also requires the signatures of the History Department Chair and the Dean of Arts and Sciences. 

Requirements of the Course

You are responsible to your site supervisor at the sponsoring museum, historic site, or library for a work schedule, assigned projects, and all other matters relating to working conditions. The History Department expects interns to treat the internship like a professional job.

 Internships generally involve a single project, which should be completed by the end of the semester or other established date, decided upon in advance. You must provide the project director at Eastern with a typed progress report at least every two weeks that details your time spent completing tasks and activities. You should also plan to meet with the project director at Eastern during the first month of the semester, and periodically after that (at a schedule agreed upon by you and the project director in advance), if needed.

At the end of the semester, you must submit a longer, comprehensive report that summarizes your accomplishments for the entire internship, along with a copy of any documented work you may have done as part of your duties in a portfolio. In most cases, the project director will visit you and your site supervisor sometime during the internship period.

After completing your hours and receiving your final report, in consultation with the sponsoring site supervisor, the project director will assign a grade for HIS 490.

How to Register

Professor Caitlin Carenen is the project director for the History Department’s Internship Program. You may contact her for more information ( If you are interested in an internship at the Windham Textile and History Museum in Willimantic, contact Professor Anna Kirchmann (

 It is helpful if you already have a museum or site in mind. Below is a list of places Eastern history majors have interned in the past:

Old Sturbridge Village
Higgins Armory
US Coast Guard Academy Museum
Wethersfield Historical Society
Windham Historical and Textile Museum
Plainfield Historical Society
New London Maritime Museum
Mansfield Historical Society
Town of Lebanon
Willimantic Chamber of Commerce
Blue Slope Country Museum (Lebanon)
Lebanon Historical Society
Vernon Historical Society
Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Huntington House (Scotland)
New Haven Museum & Historical Society
Connecticut Historical Society
Milford Historical Society

For information on recent internship opportunities, check out the Internship page of the History department blog.



Internships Available!

Interested in researching Native-American, African-American, early American History, Archeology, or New England research while building your resume?

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center is currently accepting undergraduate and graduate students interested in working within the Historical Research Department, either interning for credit or volunteering during 2014/15.

Students majoring in Anthropology, American Studies, English, History, Museums Studies, or other related fields are encouraged to apply!

 The research department is currently conducting ongoing historical and archeological research centering on the American Battlefield Protection Program projects – Battlefields of the Pequot War (1636-1637) and King Philip’s War (1675-1676). A variety of internship projects are available and can be customized to fit your personal research interests.

For a virtual tour of the museum visit:

Or of the Battlefields of the Pequot War:

For more information please contact both:

Dr. Kevin McBride         860 396 6814

Ashley Bissonnette         860 396 6803

 …And speak to your advisor find out how to register for credit.


Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

University Programs 2013-14

Summer Internship Application Deadline: Friday, March 7 Individuals from a variety of academic backgrounds and employment experiences are invited to apply for an internship at the museum. With students’ choice of assignment in nearly every museum department, the opportunities for professional growth are endless. No matter which avenue they explore, they will find themselves amidst world-class art collections and advised by knowledgeable museum professionals. Working on various assignments, they will take part in furthering the Atheneum’s mission to bring the best in art to the Hartford community and beyond.For more information on the museum’s Internship Program and its application guidelines, visit our websiteor call (860) 838-4170.

 Internship Opportunity – Posted December 3, 2014

The Connecticut State Library is currently seeking applications an internship for the Spring 2015 semester to work on the Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memories project. This is a two-year project that will focus on building a community generated history of World War One through a series of public events utilizing digitization, digital preservation and other digital tools.

The successful candidate will work with project staff in developing and maintaining the online presence of the project. This will include daily postings to a number of social media platforms as well as weekly blog posts. The intern will also assist with the planning of public outreach events and publicity for those events. This may include creating promotional materials, working with local media outlets and coordinating with local historical societies, public libraries and other event venues.

The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong social media presence and writing skills.  Must be detail oriented, organized, and be able to work with and meet deadlines.  This internship will give the successful candidate an opportunity to build a strong portfolio as well as create professional connections across the cultural heritage spectrum.

The project intern should be working to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the following fields: marketing, journalism, or communications. History, American studies, anthropology, or equivalent students may also be considered if they can demonstrate a strong social media presence and good writing skills. Preference will be given to students who meet the above criteria and also have coursework and/or demonstrated interest in World War One history.

The Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memories Internship is an unpaid internship.  The internship dates are flexible but will begin sometime in January 2015 and will be designed to meet the students’ institutional requirements. Deadline for application is December 15, 2014.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume (which should include social media profiles) and at least one example of persuasive writing via email to:


Christine Pittsley

Project Manager

Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memories Connecticut State Library Hartford, Connecticut


 Internship Opportunity – Posted March 6, 2014

Lutz Children’s Museum located in Manchester Connecticut is currently recruiting two to three new interns for the summer intersession, and we are very interested in having a History major join us.This position involves working with children at the museum as well as designing and implementing educational programs on History topics. If you have the time I would like to schedule a meeting in order to further discuss these opportunities. Please let me know if you have the availability to do so. You may contact me at the email below.

 Thank you,

Emma Perugini

Lutz Children’s Museum
Intern Recruitment