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

Please e-mail Dr. Christine Sears cs0003@uah.edu (Public History) or Dr. Stephen Waring warings@uah.edu (History) to arrange an internship.

Students have done internships at Russell Cave (a National Park Service site), Burritt on the Mountain, the Space and Rocket Center, the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, and Pond Spring (the Joe Wheeler House), and Limestone Archives. 

In addition to those opportunities, here are some currently available internships:

Special Events and Fundraising Internship at Constitution Hall Park

The ideal candidate will be involved in our museums’ largest fundraiser, Santa’s Village. Beginning in October, interns will collaborate and assist with setup. Once we open for the season, they will work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator to manage the nightly volunteer force; as well as assist managers with a variety of routine duties and often unexpected ones. Additionally, interns will have the opportunity to expand their customer service skills while working closely with coordinators and management to ensure a positive experience for guests. The program will provide a wonderful opportunity to experience the operational details of a fundraising event from the inside out – all while having fun in a magical holiday atmosphere.

Museum Operations Internship at Constitution Hall Park

Do you have a passion for History? Enjoy interacting with children and helping them learn in a fun and exciting environment? You may want to be an intern with The EarlyWorks Family of Museums during the summer! This position would provide a comprehensive look at all of our locations: The EarlyWorks Children's Museum, The Historic Huntsville Depot and Alabama Constitution Hall Park. The ideal candidate will also have an opportunity to learn about interpretation, education, museum administration, volunteer management, event planning and social media & marketing. As part of the North Alabama community for the past 30 years, The EarlyWorks Family of Museums preserves, shares and builds on our collective history. Annually, more than 160,000 individuals experience the three museum facilities that make up our family. As a perennial field trip destination, the EarlyWorks museums are an exciting extension of the traditional classroom lessons.

Archival Internship at Constitution Hall Park

This internship is designed to give undergraduate students an opportunity to gain experience at two of Huntsville’s premier cultural and historic sites. Experiences will include arranging and cataloging both sites’ collection including photographs, furniture, documents, and artwork using professional standards. The intern will also assist in the development of a new finding aide for both sites’ collection. Applicants must have a historical background and an educational emphasis on archival administration or curation is preferred.

Current Internship and Volunteer Opportunities at the UAH Archives

Harrison Brothers Hardware Processing Intern/Volunteer
UAH has partnered with the Historic Huntsville Foundation to make the archival records from Harrison Brothers Hardware available to the public. This rich collection of material will be of great research value to the local history and genealogy community. Interns and volunteers will work to rebox and refolder materials, and create a finding aid in digital format for the collection.

Robert E. "Bud" Cramer Processing Intern/Volunteer
UAH is the official repository for the Congressional Records of Robert E. "Bud" Cramer. This collections spans 600 linear feet and covers the time period 1990-2010. Interns/Volunteers are needed to assist with reboxing and refoldering, as well as the creation of access mechanisms.

Technical Writing Intern/Volunteer
Each of our collections needs a descriptive historical/biographical sketch to guide researchers. These sketches are normally 200-1000 words in length, and we seek volunteers/interns to research and write these important descriptive notes for our collections. This is a great way to put your research and writing skills to work.

Digital Projects Intern/Volunteer
We have a number of digital projects in the works which could serve as a great Internship/Volunteer experience. One of these involves mapping the names of individuals from Marshall Notables, some 8000 names, to create a map database of where these individuals lived during the 1960's. Another project is a digital timeline of the university, and students are needed to research specific dates and enter digitized data into the timeline.