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Experiential Learning

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Beyond the classroom, our department is proud to offer numerous experience-based learning opportunities in a diverse range of professional settings, including museums, academic publishing, research internships, and marketing. These opportunities allow students to apply their rich academic background in history to practical problem solving, thereby enhancing their future career goals and options. The experiential learning opportunities offered by the department bring a unique perspective to a History degree and ultimately provide an enriching and exciting curriculum. 

HIST 212: Experiential Learning in Historical Practice

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This word cloud was generated by our HIST 212 Winter 2021 interns while reflecting on the skills they gained throughout their internship experience. To learn more about our internship opportunities, check out the HIST 212: Experiential Learning in Historical Practice Blog. Each blog post is written by a HIST 212 student and showcases their research and project-based learning while participating in the Department of History's internship program.

“I have been fortunate to have this opportunity that will leave me with so many valuable skills for my history degree and future endeavours.” - Sarah Lewis, HIST 212 Intern, The Queen’s Quarterly
“When I became a history major, one of the first things I wanted to tell people was: history isn’t just about facts. It’s also stories, real stories about real places you live in now, and there’s a whole treasure trove of them.” - Shelley Yu, HIST 212 Intern, Beyond Classrooms Kingston.

Click here to see the list of Winter 2022 Internships. Please note the application deadline for winter term internships has passed.

Note: We also accept HIST 212 applications where the student has arranged their own placement with a sponsoring organization. This organization does not have to be in Kingston and can be either a remote or in person assignment. If you have a placement in mind, or if you have secured a placement independently, please contact Jenn Lucas to determine whether the arrangement would qualify as a History 212 Internship.

How to Apply

Submit the following to Please put “HIST 212 Internship Application” in the subject line. Placements for the fall 2022 term will be posted in the summer of 2022.    

  1. Cover Letter: A one-page cover letter that highlights your interest in the position(s) you are applying for, as well as relevant skills or experiences that would make you a good candidate for the position(s). 
  2. Resume: A two-page resume that highlights relevant work and/or volunteer experience (Queen's Career Service offers helpful tips for cover letter and resume writing) 
  3. Email: Please put "HIST 212 Internship Application" in the subject line of your email submission. Include your student number and a list of internships you would be willing to accept (in order of preference).

Interviews may be scheduled for especially competitive positions. Successful applicants will be notified, specifying the internship to which they have been assigned.  After confirming acceptance of the internship offered, they will be enrolled in HIST 212 (a 3.0-unit pass/fail course), and will be enrolled in the HIST 212 OnQ page. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their unique internship projects and experiences with the other students registered in HIST 212. Course evaluation includes a short mid-term assignment as well as workshops and seminar discussions on the placement experience throughout the internship.

Given that internship decisions for the winter term are not made until the beginning of January, we strongly urge students to enroll in a back-up course (typically a 200 level lecture) during registration. This course can be dropped if the internship application is successful.

Please do not contact our partners directly during the application process. Direct all queries to:

HIST 501/502: Queen's Archives Internship Opportunities

Image of Kathleen Ryan Hall home of Queen's ArchivesThe Queen’s Archives in conjunction with the Department of History offers two internship possibilities for History students (HIST 501 and HIST 502) which are available to students in their 3rd and 4th year. Interns offer valuable support for various aspects of research, processing, exhibition development, collection care and documentation, digitization, and operations at the archives. Student interns will be supervised by Heather Home, the Public Services/Private Records Archivist. Interested students should read the detailed descriptions below and submit an application to before August 9, 2022. Students interested in the archival internship are strongly encouraged, but not required, to enroll in Dr. Maynard's HIST 400-001 Thinking Inside the Box: Archives, Historians, and the Politics of the Past.

HIST 501/6.0 History/Queen's Archives Internship

HIST 501 (6.0-units), is a research-based practicum recommended only for upper-year students with a certain amount of familiarity with archival practice. Students work with a collection of their own choosing over the term and write a longer report or create an exhibit (virtual or otherwise) at the end reflecting the research they have done with the papers. Students will be assigned two supervisors: one for their archival work, and another appointed by the Department of History to provide guidance on the final research paper. The department’s supervisor will read the final paper and students are encouraged to present their work at the Inquiry @ Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference and publish their work

HIST 502/3.0 History/Queen's Archives Internship

HIST 502 (3.0-units) is conceived for students interested in acquiring experience working with archival collections. This course will generally take the form of a student undertaking an assigned project(s) in consultation with an archivist. Working to further describe, preserve and make more readily available, archival fonds located at the Queen’s Archives. The projects available for the 2021-22 academic year involve working with the Kingston City Records and/or the Queen's University Records. This project will give the student hands-on experience working in an archive in consultation with an archivist. There are a number of projects that are available from conservation-focused work, to prepping material for digitization, to assisting in the research and processing of new collections or accruals. Students are required to complete a journaling assignment, which encourages students to reflect upon the skills and experiences they are gaining throughout their time in the archives. Students will also be asked to select one archival document or object to discuss in an extended write up (two to three pages), for submission.

How to Apply  

Students interested in applying to HIST 501 should first contact a potential faculty supervisor to discuss potential projects.

Student interested in applying to HIST 502 for either the fall or winter term should review the collections descriptions for the City Records and Queen's University Records and submit the following information before August 9, 2022. Late applications may be accepted for the winter term. Contact Jenn before submitting an application for Fall 2022.

The following information should be sent to Jenn Lucas ( as part of the student’s application package:

  1. 1. A cover letter with an expression of interest outlining the reasons for pursuing this opportunity, long term goals etc., and identifying your preferred semester(s)
    • If you are pursuing a HIST 501 project, please include a description of a thematic area or research topic that you would be interested in working with. You can find information about the Queen’s University Archives collections on their website.
  2.  A resume.
  3. The name of a faculty member in the Dept. of History who can speak to your academic work (preferably a seminar instructor).
  4. Your student number.
  5. For HIST 502, please indicate which term (fall and/or winter) you are applying for. 
  6. As part of the application process, the details of the placement (tasks, timing, research focus, etc.), will be discussed between the student and the Internship Supervisor. Once the research project(s) are determined and the student’s application has been accepted by the archives, the student is responsible for contacting Jenn Lucas ( to ensure they are enrolled in the appropriate course prior to the end of 2nd week of the term.

Students should register in a backup course during registration and if your application for HIST 501 or HIST 502 are successful you can drop the backup course to make room in your schedule for this internship experience at that time. All students will notified of the status of their application before the start of term. 


HIST 512: Experiential Learning in Academic Publishing

Image of a series of books published by McGill-Queen's University PressThis internship course provides a broad understanding of the publishing industry through an embedded learning experience in a leading publishing venue. Placements will focus on publishing workflow, editorial skills, publishing software, review protocols, impact factor metrics, marketing, publicity, and broad principles of editorial management.

How to Apply

History majors or medials in their 3rd or 4th year can apply to HIST 512 for either the fall or winter term. At least one month before the beginning of term during which the work will be undertaken, students must submit an application to the department. Please email for more information on how to apply to HIST 512. 


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