History Major

Putting History to Work


We are happy to announce “Putting History to Work,” the continuation of a grant funded PAID/Stipended INTERNSHIP program for the spring 2021 semester for USM History majors and minors with 30 credits or above. Link for detailed information here.

As part of the program, a variety of funded internships will be offered at local museums, archives, libraries, special collections, etc. for the spring 2021 semester. We have both remote (online) and in-person internships available.


--Be currently enrolled (for spring 2021) as a History major or minor, or Education major with a History or Social Studies Concentration at USM.

--Have earned more than 30 credits (including courses you are taking in the fall 2020 semester).

--Submit a completed application by Monday, January 11th (online application form, resume and one-page cover letter).

--Be able to commit to 10 hours of work/week (for a total of 120 hours)

Successful Applicants:

--Will be placed with an internship site prior to the start of the spring semester.

--Will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the internship and submission of the internship log signed by your site supervisor, a brief reflective essay, and a completed online evaluation form. We have ten stipended internships available for the spring 2021 semester.

 To apply:

--Submit a completed ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

--Email one-page cover letter and resume to jennifer.mccutchen@maine.edu and elizabeth.bischof@maine.edu (subject line:  Application for Spring 2021 Putting History to Work Internship)

-When applying, please indicate multiple internship sites of interest when possible.  

-We will aim to fill all internship positions, but we may have more applicants than positions depending on the level of interest.

-Applications will be evaluated by History faculty members.  Some placement sites will require an interview with the site prior to placement.

 -Note: We highly encourage students who want to do an internship to ALSO register for the HTY 300: History Internship class, and receive three credits for the internship (in addition to your $500 stipend). Register on Mainestreet! The HTY 300 History Internship course offers students an opportunity to undertake a supervised internship at institutions and organizations dedicated to public history and the preservation of the past. Class sessions will meet Tuesdays at 4:00pm every other week via Zoom. These sessions will allow for organized thematic discussion and sharing of experiences. They will also focus on helping students develop career goals and objectives, while honing their research, analytical, and communication skills. Other class sessions will focus on career building, cover letter and resume writing, and interview strategies. We will discuss what it means to work in public history and explore career options for History majors in a wide variety of fields. Class sessions will also incorporate networking opportunities that will include meetings with alumni and community members working in history-related fields, and will encourage students to make their own connections by attending public events and conferences.