public history class

Students in the History or Public History program can enroll in our internship class, HY495 or HY595 when they are juniors or seniors.

Photo Credit Dr. Christine Sears

A history major develops a broad perspective over time and space, which gives one the range and flexibility required in many careers. Employers of all types want employees with the following skills and abilities, all of which are learned and practiced in history courses:

  • Research skills and decision making: historians decide where and how to find legitimate sources, what sources to use, and how to create meaning responsibly.
  • Experience using different types of evidence
  • Skill assessing evidence, including conflicting evidence and data
  • Analysis of data
  • Attention to detail
  • Capacity to identify, assess, and explain trends and cause and effect
  • Ability to create coherent arguments based on evidence
  • Clear and direct communication in writing
  • Rhetorical skills to deliver information appropriately and clearly

The Department of History wants our history students to have opportunities to experience their degree program through internships. 

Our students have completed internships with: 
  • UAH Archives
  • Limestone County Archives
  • Space and Rocket Center
  • Burritt on the Mountain
  • Russell Cave (a National Park Service property)
  • Pond Spring, the  Joe Wheeler House
  • Scottsboro Boys Museum
  • Alabama Dept of Archives and History
  • Sloss Furnace in Birmingham

The Internship Application and Contract is required prior to doing an internship. Please speak to the History Internship Coordinator, Dr. Christine Sears before filling out the form. Arranging an internship takes time, so start planning well in advance of your target internship semester. For questions about our internship program, please email us at

Jacob Winton Internship Spotlight

Student Internship Spotlight

Jacob Winton (Senior History Major)

"During my time at the archives, I learned valuable skills that will be useful if I pursue a future career in archives."