Thursday, March 27, 2014

Internship at the Theodore Roosevelt Center

Title: Digital Cataloging and Review/History Internship
Location: North Dakota

The Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University is
seeking interns to participate in the cataloging of historical
documents in the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library. The goal
of the Center is to serve scholars, tourists, teachers, curious citizens, and students of all ages as they explore the life and achievement of the 26th President of the United States.               Launched to the public in late 2011, the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library is the primary portal the Center uses to convey that goal to a national audience. More than 20,000 items from 12 different collections are already available at       

If interested Contact:

*Questions on this internship or others contact the Internship Coordinator for the History Departments
Tiffany Wixom at 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Colonial Heritage Internship

Colonial Heritage Foundation Internship Program

The Colonial Heritage Foundation seeks interns to help it fulfill its mission to preserve the history, culture, skills, and values of America’s founding era.  Current needs include:

  • ·         Exhibition Design
  • ·         Marketing
  • ·         Elementary Education Programs
  • ·         Public Programs
  • ·         Research on Colonial American trades
  • ·         First-person historic performance

The Organization

The Colonial Heritage Foundation (, located in Provo, Utah,  is a public charity dedicated to the preservation of the values, culture, skills and history of America's founding. To accomplish this mission, the Foundation engages in a broad array of activities. Among these are the development and presentation of educational exhibits, the coordination of reading and discussion groups to encourage the study of America's historical writings, the presentation of lectures and seminars regarding America's founding era, the coordination of historical reenactments and skill demonstrations, and the coordination of internships and apprenticeships that teach the occupational skills of early America.

Colonial Heritage Festival

Each year the Foundation sponsors the largest American Colonial living and re-enactment event in the western United States.  Attended by about 50,000 visitors each year, the Colonial Heritage Festival ( features exhibits from more than 100 educators, artisans and re-enactors. These volunteers establish a Colonial American village and demonstrate everyday life from various periods of the era that preceded the American Revolution.  The Blacksmith, the cooper, the potter, the baker, and the coffin maker are just a few of the period shops that come to life with continuous demonstrations of eighteenth century craftsmanship. In addition, storytellers and re-enactors portray famous and lesser-known Americans who shaped the events that led to the forming of a new nation in the new world.  Cannons and a 1700's printing press are two of the main attractions to the event, which helps students, young and old, feel a deep appreciation for history, culture, values and skills of our founding generation.

Education Exhibits

The Foundation is in the process of developing two travelling exhibits to deliver history education to elementary schools in Utah.  One exhibit focuses on the Plymouth Plantation and the Massachusetts Bay Company.  Its central feature is a scale model of the Mayflower, which is currently under construction ( A second exhibit centers on the late American Colonial period and features a functioning replica of the Isaiah Thomas printing press (

Specific Duties of Interns

The purpose of the internships offered by the foundation is to develop materials and increase the historical rigor of the Foundation’s activities

Colonial Heritage Festival: All participants in the festival are volunteers.  Although many are skilled artisans, few have a deep grasp of the historical significance of their trades and fewer still can speak of the role that specific members of their professions played in America’s founding.  For example, Roger Sherman was a Connecticut cobbler and the only person to sign on all four of America’s major founding documents: Articles of Association in 1774, the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the Articles of Confederation in 1777, and the Constitution in 1787.  At the Festival, the cobbler should be prepared to talk about Sherman’s role in America’s founding in addition to the craft of making shoes.  One of the opportunities for interns is to do the research on specific trades as well as how men and women who of these trades influenced the development of America.  This research would culminate in the development of scripts and background materials used in the training of artisans.
Additionally, various visual materials to accompany exhibits need to be developed that can present history to the public in a meaningful way.  Opportunities for this creative endeavor abound.  Moreover, during the event itself (July 3-6, 2014) there will be many opportunities for presentation and first-person re-enactment for interns who are inclined to step into the lime light.

*If only interested in participating in the event and getting academic credit you can receive 0.5-1.0 credits for prep time leading up to the event and the event it self. 

Education Exhibits:  Many supplementary materials need to be developed to accompany the printing press and model Mayflower in their travel to elementary schools.  Instructional displays and posters, hand-on activities for children, and scripts for presenters are needed to accompany the traveling exhibits.  In addition, a host of classroom activities need to be developed that will support key elements of the Utah core curriculum and prepare students to benefit more fully from the arrival of the travelling exhibits. 

Marketing:  The foundation is also in need of materials to promote both the festival and the travelling exhibit program.  Interns with skills in graphic design or the development of such material will find ample opportunity use their skills to further the Foundation’s mission.

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants who have completed courses in historic research and on the American Colonial period are preferred but others are also welcome to apply.  Internship may be configured for any amount of credit permitted by the host educational institution.  Interns will work from home or from the campus their educational institution.  While it is preferred that students are able to begin their internships with a face-to-face orientation in Provo, opportunities to complete the internship remotely are possible.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Gove Allen (  Be sure to include the number of credits desired, the academic term desired, and contact information for your educational institution’s internship coordinator. 

*For more information on this internship contact Tiffany Wixom at 

American Fork D.U.P Museum

American Fork Daughter's of the Utah Pioneers Museum 

Interns wanted 

This is a small internship for 1.0 credit for 42 hours of work.  The internship would be the beginning of May to June 2014. This internship is to help get the American Fork D.U.P Museum ready for its new exhibition opening this June.

To learn more or to apply send a Resume and Cover letter Karen Adams at or   U. S. Postal (266 North 100 East American Fork, Utah 84003).

Qualifications of the student  would be general research experiences with access to internet and transportation to the museum. The research is for the Centennial Celebration of a historical building located in American Fork.  The scope of the project is information about the past and the present use of the Alpine Stake Tabernacle.  This project is to go beyond the academic paper by helping to create an exhibit in the museum  located across the street from the Tabernacle. Skills in marketing/design/art would be needed.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

JSPP - Church History Library Internships

FALL 2014 internships at the Church History Library! 

If you are interested in applying for one of our internships spots with the Joseph Smith Papers Project, you can submit your resume today. All majors are welcome to apply. 

To apply
To apply, please submit a copy of your resume and cover letter to Tiffany Wixom at Please use this sample resume as a resource if you need guidance on how to format your resume or what to include. Please be sure to include details of your work experience, skills, and experience, especially as they relate to the job description of this internship. Usually interviews are held in the History Department's main office but this semester interviews will be conducted on the phone.

IMPORTANT: This internship requires a time commitment of 7-10 hours per week over the course of  Fall 2014 semester. It is preferred that students devote one full day to the internship (for example working from 8-5 pm every Tuesday) rather than splitting it up between multiple days since it does require that you commute to Salt Lake City. If you apply, it is expected that you will have room in your schedule to accommodate these hours. You will also be expected to register for 3.0 credits of History 199R.  DO NOT APPLY IF YOU CANNOT ACCOMMODATE THIS SCHEDULE.

Church History Library
15 East North Temple Street 
Salt Lake City, UT 84150

Joseph Smith Papers Project – The JSPP is looking for 10-12 interns for an internship that will provide them with actual hands-on experience with documentary editing tasks such as document transcription, transcription verification, preparation of documents for web publication, research for document annotation, back matter preparation, and source checking. For a more detailed description,  Click Here.

Funding and Aid
Students employed as interns at the CHL are eligible for a reduced-rate UTA bus pass. The Department of History will also have a few needs-based grants to award to our student interns this semester. More information about how to apply for one of these internship grants is forthcoming.

Please contact the History Internship Coordinator with any questions:

Tiffany Wixom
2130F JFSB

The Mormon Text Project Internship

Interns Wanted!

The Mormon Texts Project is still looking to fill History Internship slots this spring/summer 2014. Each intern will be trained in ebook production, proofread the text of an out-of-copyright historical Church text, and produce it as a Project Gutenberg ebook. The internship can be done from anywhere in the country, and hours are flexible. Contact Tom Nysetvold ( with questions or apply by emailing him a resume and a list of potential times for a phone interview by Friday, Mar. 21

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

US History Scene internships

Historians, Educators, and Academic Advisors:
U.S. History Scene is now accepting undergraduate and graduate applications for its Summer 2014 Internship Program. U.S. History Scene is a multimedia history education project founded by Harvard historians dedicated to providing history teachers and students with free access to premier digital resources, scholarship, and archives (without the dust)! Using U.S. History Scene, teachers can incorporate into their curriculum cutting-edge research from top-tier universities that is relevant and pluralistic in scope.

U.S. History Scene is currently seeking applicants for its Summer 2014 Historical Writing and Research Internship Program. Interns will gain valuable writing and publishing skills through the process of writing, submitting, and editing original multimedia research articles, book reviews, and classroom lesson plans.

All interns will work one-on-one with our Editorial Board to gain experience in primary source research, editing, and publishing. Internships are unpaid, but we will assist interns in applying for stipends or university credit. Internships can be performed via telecommute from your home university.

To apply: Interested undergraduates and graduate students should submit a resume/ CV, unofficial transcript, and a writing sample to Executive Editor Jennifer Ostwinkle at by April 2, 2014. Applicants are asked to submit a list of five history articles they would be interested in working on; these topics are not binding, but help us understand applicants’ research interests. Applicants will be notified of their application decision by May 2, 2014.  
For more information, please contact Jennifer at Please feel free to forward our e-mail to your department list serve or interested students.

Jennifer Ostwinkle
Executive Editor

U.S. History Scene has been cited by the New York Times, The Atlantic,, GQ, The Smithsonian, and Harvard University Press for its historical research. U.S. History Scene is in partnership with the National Council for History Education, the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History, the National Park Service, the Civil War Trust, Colonial Williamsburg, and more.

Monday, February 24, 2014

MOA Internships Winter 2014

Internships available for

Interested full-time students are invited to apply for the limited number of internships offered in each of the BYU Museum of Art's departments: 

Education and Public Programs
Exhibition Design

Interns are required to register for three credit hours under the direction of a faculty adviser in their department, with a twelve-hour per week commitment to the MOA throughout semester.  Please note that the application deadline for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2014 is March 17th and for Winter 2015 it is due November 5th

Information and application forms are available at  Per instructions on the MOA website, applications should be submitted electronically to 

For more information on how you can get credit contact Tiffany Wixom, History Department Internship Coordinator, at or stop by her office in room 2130F JFSB.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Middle East Institute Internships

There are three internship terms each year, available to undergraduates who have completed at least one year of school, recent graduates, and graduate students.  Positions are available on a full- or part-time basis with a minimum of 20 hours per week. Please use the links below to explore the different internship opportunities that we offer:


Interns represent more than half of MEI's staff.  As a result, you will be presented with exciting opportunities to do real work that has real outcomes.  There is no filing or coffee-running in this job.  Instead, you will immerse yourself in issues relating to the Middle East, and be expected to complete substantive assignments with personal guidance from your supervisor.  All internships at the Middle East Institute are unpaid, though the Leadership Development Internship Program is packed with other benefits:
  1. 1) Free language courses at the Institute in an intimate classroom setting with native-speaking professors
  2. 2) Travel reimbursement for daily commutes within the DC metropolitan area
  3. 3) Opportunities to discuss career paths with experts in government, academia, and non-profit and private sectors through the Intern Development Series
  4. 4) Workshops to build skills such as resume and coverletter writing and networking
  5. 5) Encouragement to attend conferences at MEI and other think-tanks in the DC area to foster your understanding of current topics in the Middle East, and to expand your professional network
  6. 6) One-year electronic subscription to the MEI's flagship publication, The Middle East Journal, the oldest peer-reviewed journal dedicated to Middle East scholarship
  7. 7) Access to a network of MEI intern alumni, who work in a wide variety of fields both in DC and around the world.


The deadlines for applications are:
Fall (September – December): July 12
Spring (January– May): November 15
Summer (June – August): March 4
To apply for an internship, please send the items below in PDF format to Alexandra BetGeorge at Format the email's subject according to the following model: Last Name- Fall Internship Application.
  1. 1) Cover letter
  2. 2) Resume
  3. 3) One professional and two academic references (contact information only; no letters, please)
  4. 4) Five-page (maximum) writing sample on a topic relevant to current events in the Middle East
  5. 5) College transcript (official or unofficial).
NOTE: Interested applicants from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. However, preference will be given to those applicants with superior writing, organization, word-processing, and Middle Eastern language skill. 
For more information follow this link: 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Internship at the Smithsonian

Interested in Interning this Spring/Summer 2014 at one of the  Smithsonian Museums?! Check out the many opportunities available. 

The National Museum of American History internship program allows a diverse group of people with innumerable interests, strengths, and goals to encounter an educational environment where they can work with and learn from professionals and scholars in related areas of concentration. The Museum offers interns of different backgrounds incredible opportunities in a variety of fields, from public relations to exhibition research to project design. Learning from knowledgeable mentors in the dynamic atmosphere of the Museum and Washington, D.C. area, interns enjoy an intensive experience as multifaceted as the Museum itself.

This Web site lists all of the internships available throughout the Museum and the steps necessary to apply. If you are interested in applying, please explore to get a closer look at the variety of positions available to interns at the Museum of American History.

The following are the application deadlines for all internships:

Spring: October 15
Summer: March 1
Fall: July 1

See our How to Apply section for more details.

Link to American History Smithsonian Website: 

Follow this link for other Smithsonian Internships:

Monday, January 6, 2014

Family History Research Assistant

Family History Students,

We have received the following request for a Research Assistant Position:

This project that will require biographical and geographic work from students. It is a documentary editing project on Mormon missiology, focusing specifically on the journals and letters from the first Japanese mission. I need 1 to 2 students who would be adept at finding people and places to build a biographical and geographical directory and help with some cartography. I have gathered the documentary details of several world tours by Japanese missionaries that describe the essences of early missionary work and serve as a brilliant source for the Mormon view of comparative religion.

Please apply directly to:

*Send your CV with classes you have had, as well as experience you have garnered, etc.

Monday, December 30, 2013

HIST 317 Available Winter 2014

Enroll Now!!!
HIST 317
Family and Law in American History

Professor: Dr. Kathryn Daynes

Time: Monday and Wednesday 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Please enroll online if you are interested in taking this class this semester!

Class Description:

            The interaction of families with law and government as illustrated in original American sources; individual family histories reconstructed in the broader perspective of history.

Course Outcomes:    

·         Students will be able to identify and solve basic historical and genealogical problems in the United States through primary and secondary source research, using library, archival and technological resources

·         Students will be able to produce genealogical research reports and narrative family histories and compiled lineages that are clear, precise and well-written

·         Students will be able to recognize and incorporate the historical background of the time and place in their genealogical research 

·         Students will be able to demonstrate content knowledge of primary historical sources for the United States

·         Students will be able to apply research skills learned to the search for their own ancestors and to assist others in their searches in the United States

·         Students will be able to utilize a significant range of skills and abilities in critical genealogical evidentiary analysis and be able to distinguish that from historical analysis

Students will be able to explain the roles of and other programs, integrating in the process the academic knowledge from this course with a testimony of the current direction of family history in the LDS Church.

For questions about this class contact the History Department 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Job Openings for Family History Majors and Minors

Job Openings at the BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy Winter 2014 Semester

Following are the job openings starting in January:

v Immigrant Ancestors Project – British section (Job Opening ID 40094)
v Immigrant Ancestors Project – German section (Job Opening ID 40097)
v Immigrant Ancestors Project – Programmer (Job Opening ID 40098)
v Research Assistant – Nauvoo Project (Job Opening ID 40096)
v Research Assistant – Welsh Project (Job Opening ID 40095)

*Also, if you know of anyone with German or programming skills, please let them know about our openings.

Questions contact:
Jill N. Crandell
Director, Center for Family History and Genealogy
Brigham  Young University


Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Applications due January 1, 2014.
The Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is pleased to invite applications for the Summer Graduate Research Assistant Program, designed for students accepted to or currently enrolled in a master’s (MA) degree program or in their first year of a PhD program. Students who have completed more than one year of doctoral work will not be considered.

The Center welcomes applications from students in all relevant academic disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, psychology, sociology, geography, and others.
The Summer Graduate Research Assistant Program acquaints promising MA-level and first-year PhD students with Holocaust studies by encouraging participation in the broad range of scholarly and publicly available educational programs offered by the Museum during the summer months.
Research assistant projects may include but are not limited to: (1) facilitating projects related to the International Tracing Service digital collection at the Museum; (2) supporting the research, annotation, contextualization, and editing required for advancing the Museum’s Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933–1945 and the archival source series Documenting Life and Destruction, including topical volumes; and (3) supporting the Center’s Holocaust in the Soviet Union initiative.
In addition, assistants are expected to participate in a weekly training seminar led by Museum staff, which introduces them to key subjects, essential tools, useful methods, and approaches as well as career opportunities in Holocaust research. Each assistant will meet with a staff mentor who will assign weekly tasks and project goals and discuss the progress of these tasks and goals. Assistants are expected to familiarize themselves with relevant topics through assigned readings and to actively engage with Center staff.
Assistants are required to be in residence at the Museum for 12 consecutive weeks, arriving on June 2 and departing on August 22, 2014. The Center will provide a stipend of $3,000/month as well as an allowance to offset the cost of direct, economy-class travel to and from Washington, DC. Local awardees will not receive a travel allowance. The funds provided through this award may be subject to US federal and/or state tax. Please be advised the Center cannot provide individual tax advice.
Applicants must be accepted to or enrolled in an MA program or in their first year in a PhD program at a North American college or university and have legal permission to work in the United States (i.e., US citizenship, US permanent residency, or proper authorization on a US student visa). The Center is unable to provide visa assistance for non-US citizens.
In addition to English, applicants are encouraged, but not required, to have fluency in one or more of the following languages: German, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Hebrew, Yiddish, French, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovakian, Italian, and/or Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.
Applications and supporting materials must be received by January 1, 2014. All applications must be submitted in English and must include:
· A résumé.
· A personal statement, of no more than two single-spaced pages, that explains the applicant’s interest in the Holocaust and World War II and how the assistantship might further encourage his or her studies in this area.
· One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or dean at the applicant’s institution that speaks to the applicant’s qualifications. The letter must be signed and on institutional letterhead.
Jo-Ellyn Decker
Program Coordinator

Visiting Scholar Programs

Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW

Washington, DC 20024-2126

The Center will notify all applicants of the selection results in late February 2014.
This program is supported by the Albert Abramson Family Foundation.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New Class


History 487: Philosophies of History

The course will study the history of history – ways that historians have conceived of the past, and major trends in the field. This should prove to be a fascinating course, and would be especially useful for students who are considering a Master’s or PhD program in History.

*Taught by Dr. Susan Rugh Tuesday & Thursday 1:35 - 3:00 pm*

MLK BYU Student Essay Contest

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration
BYU Student Essay Contest

Fifty years ago, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave what was to become the most famous speech of the long Black Freedom Struggle. “I have a dream,” he said, “It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”

You’ve probably heard excerpts of the speech and likely even watched YouTube clips of King speaking before the massive crowds at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This is your chance to engage more deeply with that speech—to think about it in the context of the Civil Rights Movement and to consider its meaning for us today.

We invite you to explore King’s “I have a Dream” speech (given August 28, 1963) and to write an essay of 777 words or less discussing how King framed the struggle for racial equality and how his ideas speak to us today. The text of the speech can be found here:

Submit your essay no later than Friday January 10th to
as a Word attachment. Please include the following information with your submission: your name, year in school, major, home town, email address, and phone number.

The first place winner will receive $150 and the opportunity to read her/his essay at the MLK Commemoration on January 20, 2014. The second and third place winners will receive $60 and $40, respectively. (Previous first place winners are not eligible.)

Questions about the essay contest can be directed to the above email.