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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. In 2020-21, while the raging pandemic makes placements difficult to pursue, we are thrilled to offer many outstanding remote learning opportunities.


HIST 212: Experiential Learning in Historical Practice

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.

Winter 2020 Placements

A list of available Winter 2020 internships is available here.

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.

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How to Apply

Submit the following to (cc by Sunday, December 6th 2020 to be considered for a winter term internship.  Put “HIST 212 Internship Application” in the subject line.

  1. 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).
  2. 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:

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




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