History

Internships

The History Department Internship Program

The internship program offers History Majors, California Studies Minors, and History Graduate Students the opportunity to earn course credit (3 units) while gaining practical work experience in a wide variety of history-related fields.  The program has placed hundreds of students in professional internships across Southern California, including in museums, historical societies, archives, public policy institutions, high schools and colleges, and nonprofit organizations. 

 Program Objectives

  • Enhance student understanding of professional opportunities for trained historians.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the past in pre-professional positions.
  • Create opportunities to establish professional networks and recommendations related to student career objectives.
  • Allow students to develop and complete a specific project under professional direction.
  • Strengthen ties of service and communication between the university and the community.

Requirements and Mechanics

  • Upper division or graduate standing with at least a 3.0 average.
  • Demonstration of writing and analytical skills.
  • Work at least 120 hours at the host institution during the semester.
  • Submit a paper at the conclusion of the internship.
  • Meet the expectations of both the host institution and the History Department internship coordinator.

Getting Started

If you are interested in pursuing an internship, please contact Prof. Jessica Kim, Internship Coordinator, at or (818) 677-4330. 

Internship Placements

The following is a list of some of the partner organizations that have hosted History Department interns in the past.  Additional opportunities are available and the Internship Coordinator can assist students in establishing an internship with a new partner organization. To pursue an internship, contact Prof. Kim and she will assist you in the application process.  Please do not contact these organizations directly; this list is only to give a sense of internship possibilities. 

Archives

CSUN Institute for Arts and Media

            /bradley-center

CSUN Oviatt Library Special Collections and Archives

            http://library.csun.edu/SCA

Los Angeles Public Library Historic Photo Collection

            http://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/photo-collection-overview

NBC-Universal Archive

            http://www.nbcuniversalarchives.com/nbcuni/home.do

Reagan Presidential Library

            http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/

Thousand Oaks Library—Special Collections

            http://www.tol.lib.ca.us/Specoll/index.html

Education

Glendale College Learning Center

            http://www.glendale.edu/index.aspx?page=154

Moorpark College Writing Center

            http://writingcentermoorparkcollege.blogspot.com/

Santa Monica College Tutoring Center

http://www.smc.edu/AcademicPrograms/Tutoring/Pages/default.aspx

Museums

A+D Museum

            http://aplusd.org/

Antelope Valley Indian Museum

            http://www.avim.parks.ca.gov/

Autry National Center

            https://theautry.org/

Chinese American Museum

            http://camla.org/

El Pueblo de Los Angeles

            http://elpueblo.lacity.org/index.htm

Getty Foundation Multicultural Internships

            http://www.getty.edu/foundation/initiatives/current/mui/

Museum of Tolerance

            http://www.museumoftolerance.com/

Pasadena Museum of History

            http://pasadenahistory.org/

Petersen Automotive Museum

            https://petersen.org/

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site

            http://www.rancholoscerritos.org/

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

            http://www.sbnature.org/

Santa Monica History Museum

           https://santamonicahistory.org/

Skirball Cultural Center

            http://www.skirball.org/

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

            http://americanhistory.si.edu/

Nonprofit Organizations

Los Angeles LGBT Center

            https://lalgbtcenter.org/

Hispanas Organized for Political Equality

            http://www.latinas.org/

Policy and Urban Planning

City of Glendale Community Development Department

            http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/planning/cpddefault.asp

Preservation

Los Angeles Conservancy

            https://www.laconservancy.org/

Research and Publishing

California History

            http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/publications/

Southern California Quarterly

            http://scq.ucpress.edu/

Silversword Media Corporation

            http://www.silverswordmediacorp.org/