Cleveland State University offers Public History Internships as an integral part of its Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree programs. Internships are ideally suited for students who contemplate careers using their History degrees.
Internships typically take place in museums, historical societies, libraries and archives, heritage tourism sites, national and regional parks, urban revitalization organizations, and oral history projects. While internships usually occur at Northeast Ohio sites, it is possible to coordinate internships beyond the region during the 12-week summer session.
Any undergraduate who has completed three 300- or 400-level History courses or any graduate student who has completed two 500- or 600-level History courses and who has a minimum 3.0 GPA is eligible to seek an internship for CSU credit.
Preparing Students for Meaningful Careers
Internships provide training in various public history skill sets. Students learn techniques such as researching and developing public exhibits, creating inventories and finding aids for photographic and manuscript collections, designing and guiding urban walking tours, conducting oral histories, and documenting the material culture of historic house museums.
Interns work closely with an internship supervisor to design and develop a project that provides a meaningful learning experience and leads to a significant contribution to a history-oriented organization. Their contact with experienced practitioners gives them a real sense of how organizations research, collect, preserve, and interpret history in public settings.
Our interns say their experience enables them to sample career options they might otherwise never have considered—while they are still students. They also report that they emerge from their internships confident that they possess the skills relevant to such careers, and that they enjoy knowing that they are contributing to the mission of local organizations.
Earn Credit Toward Your Degree
Interns earn 4 hours of elective credit toward either the B.A. or M.A. by successfully completing their semester project. The typical student works an average of 13 hours per week during a semester (17 hours during summer semester). This arrangement enables students to complete a substantial project and is an excellent way to demonstrate dedication, responsibility, and expertise to prospective employers.
For More Information Contact:
Dr. J. Mark Souther
Coordinator, Public History Internships
Cleveland State University
Department of History
2121 Euclid Avenue RT 1310
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: (216) 687-3970