The role of internships in history is to provide experiential learning in an area of the student's interest that complements the student's academic coursework. Internships involve practical experience at an off-campus facility that is directly supervised by a person professionally trained and employed in the field of study that is the focus of the internship. It is expected that the student will gain some insight into the requirements for working in the field of study and at least some basic experience in on-the-job training. All internships will involve a combination of formal academic work supervised by departmental faculty and practical experience supervised by an on-site director. The requirements and responsibilities of the internship will be developed jointly by the faculty supervisor, the on-site supervisor, and the student.

Examples of organizations where our students have interned include:

  • The New York State Legislature
  • Offices of a Nassau County judge.
  • New York Historical Society
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Museum of American Finance 
  • National Museum of the American Indian – The George Gustav Heye Center
  • District Attorney's Office – Nassau Country, Long Island
  • Office of the Mayor – New York City
  • National Archives – New York City
  • Community Outreach & Grant Writer – The City of New York Civilian Review Board
  • Old Bethpage Village

How to Obtain an Internship

There is a specific internship course in History – HIST 199 – that may be taken for 3 or 6 semester hours’ credit. Procedures for internships require students to secure the agreement of a faculty member to sponsor the academic side of the internship, securing the participation of an on-site supervisor, the development of a reading list related to the field of the internship, and the determination of the number of on-site hours a student will be required to complete.

Typically, students will approach faculty with a request for an internship at a specific site or in a particular area of study and the faculty member will work out details. The internship is evaluated by both the faculty member and the on-site supervisor and the student's grade reflects the combination of those two evaluations.