Internships for History Majors

There are a good number of History and History-related summer and year-long internships around the nation that are available for History majors. Internships offer valuable hands-on experience doing the work of history and give you a chance to explore some of the careers available in the field. There are many opportunities to work in museums, historic sites and parks, and nonprofit educational and media organizations. Think about the kinds of positions that interest you most – options including positions working directly with the public as a tour guide, interpreter, or public educator; doing behind-the-scenes work as a researcher, interviewer, or as a conservationist; or supporting a history organization through fundraising, curriculum development, or programming support. The following organizations customarily offer summer internships; most are volunteer positions but some are paid and/or offer free housing. Some of these sites are umbrella groups that list internships in many different organizations.

American Association for State and Local History (listings of various jobs and internships):

Civil War Trust:

Faith and John Meem Preservation Trades Internship (Santa Fe, NM): (listing of internship opportunities in historical preservation):

Martha’s Vineyard Museum:

Massachusetts Cultural Council (Hire Culture: database of various internships and jobs in MA):

National Council on Foreign Relations (semester and summer positions in NY or DC):

National Council on Public History (listing of opportunities in museums and historic sites):

National History Center:

National Museum of American History (Smithsonian):

National Park Service Internship Program:

National Park Service Heritage Documentation Program:

National Trust for Historic Preservation (various opportunities):

New England Museum Association (internship and volunteer portal):

Smithsonian Museums:


Internships are also available at many living history sites (ie Colonial Williamsburg and Hancock Shaker Village) and notable museums (including smaller museums like Hull House in Chicago or the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York), as well as at the various presidential libraries, state humanities councils, and local history societies. Also consider educational and media organizations that work with history teachers or develop and disseminate digital content to deepen public education, including public television stations; nonprofits like Facing History and Ourselves or the Jewish Women’s History Archive (both based in Boston), and professional organizations such as the American Historical Association and National History Day.