Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Internships - 2017-18

The Department of History is offering internships for undergraduate students interested in gaining practical applied experience in the archives or in historical and cultural development and management. The internships fall into two categories: archival internships (HIST 501/502) and museum or community based internships (HIST 212).

Archival Internships (HIST 501/502)

The Queen’s Archives in conjunction with the Department of History will be offering two internship possibilities for History students in 2017-18. A half year option, HIST 502*, can be taken in fall or winter, and is conceived for students in years two through four interested in acquiring experience working with archival collections. The full year option, HIST 501, is available only for third and fourth year students, and involves both work in the collections as well as a research paper based on the archive’s materials. 

Student interns will be supervised by Heather Home, the Public Services/Private Records Archivist. Interested students should read the more detailed description here History Archive Internship Information and contact Heather Home by email at Once she has approved your internship, please fill out the Archival Internship Application Form, and submit it for approval to the department along with the documents listed on the form. 

Museum or Community Based Internship (HIST 212)

The Museum- or Community-Based Internship Program involves partnerships between the Department and various municipal and civic agencies.  Students successfully completing a semester-long internship with one of these agencies receive 3.0 pass/fail credit units in HIST 212, “Experiential Learning in Historical Practice.”

For FALL 2017, the following agencies have agreed to host internships: 

City of Kingston  (2 positions for Fall semester)

Collections research: The project will include archival and other documentary research into the history, origins, meaning, function and significance of number of items in the City’s civic collection. Research will be captured in the form of a summary report and updates to the civic collections database.

Rideau Heights Community Exhibit: a research project focusing on the Rideau Heights neighbourhood in Kingston to incorporate into a new exhibit at the soon-to-be opened Rideau Heights Community Centre. The aim of the project is to seek out and obtain visual resources to be used in the exhibit from local archives (such as Queen’s University Archives), the City and other collections. A database of images with captions and source information will be the deliverable.

Kingston Historical Society (3 or 4 positions for Fall semester)

The Kingston Historical Society has been active since 1893, but it has never had a permanent home. Its records have been kept in various places over the years, but now are based in the Heritage Room in the Queen’s Archives. They are not well organised and there is much duplication. There are probably some surprises in the boxes and file folders waiting to be discovered. The intern will receive an introduction to what is there and will then be asked to make sense of the papers, decide what is duplicate or not needed, and to produce a finding resource for the most important items in the collection. The Past President of the Society will be the immediate contact and there will be support available as necessary from Archives staff.

Royal Military College   (1 position for Fall semester)

Exhibit Research: The project involves a museum exhibit on RMC Ex-Cadets and

the First and Second World Wars.  Interns will carry out background research on where and when each former cadet served, in anticipation of developing an iPad app that would allow people to explore the former cadets’ service records.

Museum of Health Care (1 position for Fall semester)

The Museum of Health Care is seeking a Curatorial Researcher Intern to investigate selected topics related to medical history in support of the development of museum exhibitions and initiatives. Topics include the history of urology, rural medicine, dentistry, and Spanish influenza. Project outputs are likely to include research notes, reports, and online exhibition content.

Partnerships for Winter Term are still in the process of being negotiated. They will be posted in late November or Early December and will have an early January application deadline.


HOW TO APPLY:  Submit the following to by noon on Wednesday, September 6.  Put “HIST 212 Internship Application” in the subject line.

1. a maximum one-page personal statement, listing in order of preference the internships you would be willing to accept, and highlighting any special skills or experience that you believe would make you a good candidate.

2. an unofficial transcript

3. a c.v.

4. a sample paper, from a previous course taken, that showcases your abilities as a researcher.

Successful applicants will be notified, specifying the internship they have been assigned to, a week to ten days from the application deadline.  After confirming acceptance of the internship offered, they will be enrolled in HIST 212*, a 3.0 credit pass/fail course, and will have to submit a one page report mid-way through term as well as a ten-page report on their activities at the end of their internship, in order to receive academic credit. 

Given that internship decisions for the fall term are not made until September, we strongly urge students to enrol in a back-up course during registration in July. This course can be dropped if the internship application is successful.

NOTE:  We also accept HIST 212 applications where the student has arranged his/her own placement with a different sponsoring organization.  In this case, applications should also include one additional item:  a letter of support from the sponsoring supervisor, setting out the purpose, duration, and duties of the internship, who will oversee the intern, how often you will meet, and any other relevant information.  The letter should give the supervisor’s contact phone number and email address.