History major Rachel Nach spent the summer interning at the Central Zionist Archives in Jerusalem. She found her internship through Onward Israel, which subsidizes the costs for international students (who do not have to be Jewish) to come to Israel and places them in internships related to their area of study. Her program cost $400 for the summer, plus airfare; Onward Israel provided housing and a monthly food stipend. Rachel reports, “I'm very lucky to have been on Onward, and to have been placed in such a special internship.”
She catalogued the personal archive of an American Zionist, Louis Levinthal: “He was a judge in the Pennsylvania district court, and the president of the Zionist Organization of America from 1941-1943. My job was to locate important correspondence and note their significance for the organization's archives. As the president of the ZOA during the crucial years of World War II, and active in the Zionist movement during the creation of Israel, Levinthal's correspondence is quite interesting and meaningful. I found personal correspondence with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, David Ben Gurion, Felix Frankfurter, and many other important Zionist and American leaders".
You can earn up to six units of history credit for internships that relate to the study of history if you are a history major. You may pursue an internship during the summer or during the fall or spring semesters.
Where can I intern?
Domestic Internship Options
Previous interns have worked for the Arizona Historical Society, University of Arizona Press, the Jewish Community Relations Council and Holocaust Center, the Arizona State Museum, the Office of History at the Davis Monthan Air Force Base, and the Smithsonian Institution.
International Internship Options
Want to do an internship in a museum abroad? Check out the University of Westminster study abroad program in London, which places all visiting students in internships throughout the city.
Already have an internship in mind?
You may also seek out your own internship opportunities and, with prior approval from the history internship advisor, receive internship credit.
Three-unit internships (HIST 493) usually involve 10 hours per week working on location and 2 hours per week of related reading and writing. Each intern completes 15-20 pages of writing, some of which might be generated by the requirements of the internship work itself. Your work will be evaluated by a faculty member as well as by the on-site supervisor. Internship grades are S/P, C, D, E, I, and W.
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