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. In 2020-21, while the pandemic makes placements difficult to pursue, we are thrilled to offer many outstanding remote learning opportunities.
HIST 212: Experiential Learning in Historical Practice
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.
Summer 2021 Placements
Summer placements will be posted on May 15th and applications are due May 30th.
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.
Fall 2021 Internships: A list of available Fall 2021 internships will be available to students in August 2021.
How to Apply
Submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org (cc email@example.com) by May 30th, 2021 to be considered for a summer term internship. Put “HIST 212 Internship Application” in the subject line.
- A one-page cover letter that highlights any special skills or experience you believe would make you a good candidate for the position. Please include your student number and a list of internships you would be willing to accept (in order of preference).
- A resume (Queen's Career Service offers helpful tips for cover letter and resume writing) (1-2 pages)
If there are a significant number of applications, interviews may be scheduled. 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 winter term are not made until the end of December, we strongly urge students to enroll in a back-up course 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
HIST 501/502: Queen's Archives Internship Opportunities
The 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 contact Heather Home (email@example.com) to discuss available projects/placements. 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. 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 enrol in HIST 501 or HIST 502 are encouraged to contact Heather Home (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Archives Internship Supervisor, well in advance of the start of the academic term, to discuss potential projects.
The following information should be sent to Jenn Lucas (email@example.com) as part of the student’s application package at least two weeks before the start of the academic term:
- 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.
- A resume.
- The name of a faculty member in the Dept. of History who can speak to your academic work (preferably a seminar instructor).
- Your student number.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to ensure they are enrolled in the appropriate course prior to the end of 2nd week of the term.
HIST 512: Experiential Learning in Academic Publishing
This 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 email@example.com for more information on how to apply to HIST 512.