History Internships

Welcome to the SMC History Department's internship page! Here you will find specifically curated internships, volunteer positions, and career resources for history majors and minors.

Internships are a great way to gain job experience and can be helpful in deciding what career you would like to do in the future.

If you are unable to afford to work for free (in some situations), try applying for the LAB (Liberal Arts Bridge) scholarship. You can also apply for class credit if you're unable to get financial compensation. Feel free to explore the page, you might find something interesting!


Internship Alert!

Andrew W. Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation

This is an amazing opportunity for future Historians to get some experience in Conservation! Great for those looking to work in museums! 

"A weeklong summer workshop in Los Angeles, CA, hosted at UCLA and the Getty Villa in July 2022; Transportation to and around L.A., shared housing at UCLA, all meals during the week are included; Eligibility for a 10-week paid conservation internship in the specialty of your choice, 2023 (by application, after successful completion of the 2022 workshop)"(UCLA).

Applications are due March 7, 2022 at 5pm

Website Info and Zoom Links

Application Forms



Internship Information

History Department's Featured Internships

Quick Links: Scroll Down for More Information on Each of these Opportunities!

Pannetta Congressional Internship Program

Smithsonian National Museum of American History Internships


Panetta Congressional Internship Program

The Office of the President has a yearly internship program in Washington D.C. for students. For more information click this link to the website

Interested students may email the Selection Committee Chair, Philip Goodwin, at pdg2@stmarys-ca.edu


Smithsonian: American History Museum Internship

Smithsonian NMAH Internship Site: Click Here!

Smithsonian Institute Office of Internships and Fellowships site: Click Here!

Caroline's contact info: 
Caroline Fiertz (she/her/hers)
Interns & Fellows Program Manager
Office 202.633.3556 | Email FiertzCS@si.edu

Internships and Volunteering

Internship List

If you find another place that is not offering internships or if one of the places on the list is not currently offering internships, don't be afraid to contact the place directly! You never know if they might need someone to intern and your enthusiasm would be appreciated!

Volunteer Opportunities

Sometimes places that allow volunteers will also allow internships! Just ask!

Liberal Arts Bridge Scholarship

Apply for up to $5,000 to support participation in an unpaid or underpaid internship with a non-profit or public sector employer!

Internships are an important way for Liberal Arts majors to ​explore​ their interests in potential career pathways, ​develop​ professional skills, networks, and self-confidence, ​prepare themselves for future employment opportunities, and gain ​experience​ in relevant workplace environments. These are the goals of the​ ​Liberal Arts Bridge (LAB) Program. 

Click Here for more information!

History Department Funding for History Students

There is funding available for the 2021-2022 academic year from the History Department.

Please contact History Department Chair Professor Elena Songster at ees4@stmarys-ca.edu for more information.

Apply for Academic Credit:
  • Fill out the online Internship Petition Form and find a faculty member who is willing to sponsor you during the internship. Your faculty sponsor and the Department Chair will need to sign the petition form as well.
  • Discuss the expectations and terms of the internship with your faculty sponsor and agree to those terms as part of the course requirements. A bibliography of books read during the internship, a written report, set meetings with the sponsor, or a final exam may be expected in order to receive credit.
  • Once the petition form is completed, you or your sponsor will forward it to the Registrar for final preparation.
  • This petition is to be filed with the Registrar's Office no later than the end of drop/add period.

*Internships pursued for academic credit during the Summer term require a tuition payment. Only quarter-credit internships pursued during the Fall and Spring terms are free of charge.*

Contact the Career Center or Registrar's Office if you have questions!

*This information was pulled from the English Department's Internship page*

Career and Internship Resources

Public History Careers and Grad Schools

Career Resource for History Majors

Resume Help

Career Center

If none of the internships on this page are what you are looking for try looking on Linkedin, Handshake, a quick Google search, or even asking your professors!

Some internships you may also have to call and inquire about.