Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Internships

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 offers two internship possibilities for History students. 1) A half year option, HIST 502, can be taken in fall or winter, and is conceived for students in years three and four interested in acquiring experience working with archival collections. 2) The full year option, HIST 501, is available also 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. We encourage students interested in the archival internship to enroll in Dr. Maynard's HIST 400-001 Thinking Inside the Box: Archives, Historians, and the Politics of the Past in Spring 2021. 

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 home@queensu.ca. 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. 

History Internships (HIST 212)

Fall 2020 Internships. A list of fall internships can be found in the PDF attached below and will be emailed to eligible students during the week of August 10, 2020. 

Fall 2020 Internships

Winter 2021 Internships. A list of available winter internships will be emailed to all eligible students in October, 2020. 

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 (jennifer.lucas@queensu.ca) to determine whether the arrangement would qualify as a History 212 Internship. 

 

HOW TO APPLY

Submit the following to jennifer.lucacs@queensu.ca (cc hist.undergrad@queensu.ca) by Monday, August 24th, 2020 to be considered for a fall 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. There will be a short mid-term assignment as well as a presentation on the work you have completed at the end of the internship, in order to receive academic credit.  

Given that internship decisions for fall term are not made until the end of August, 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: jennifer.lucas@queensu.ca