312 Anderson Hall
West Chester, PA 19382
Office: Anderson 312
Dr. Wayne Hanley
Office: Anderson 312C
Dr. Karin Gedge
Social Studies Coordinator
Office: Anderson 312D6
Acting Graduate Coordinator
Office: Anderson 309A
Director, Holocaust-Genocide Studies
Office: Anderson 309B
The History Department offers opportunities for internships with a broad range of placements and projects, including museums, archives, historical societies, and public agencies. Our interns give tours, develop curricula, manage collections, build websites, transcribe archival materials, and much more! Interested students with a minimum 2.5 GPA who can offer 14 or more eight-hour days, typically during summer sessions, should contact the History Department Internship Coordinator, CHardy@wcupa.edu, regarding the application process and registration for AMS 415 or HIS 450.
To enable those who cannot afford the cost, the Department of History offers paid internships of $1,200 each for a limited number of students, and $500 to students completing internships whose work the Department of History has deemed meritorious. Both are funded by the Dr. Robert E. Drayer Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Working with a faculty internship supervisor agreed upon by the student and department internship coordinator, the student, faculty supervisor, and site supervisor will articulate internship responsibilities and activities. Requirement include:
The student's grade will be based on:
In spring and summer 2016 the WCU Department of History placed a record-setting 14 undergraduates and 3 graduate students in internships at 16 different institutions, creating new partnerships with the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Independence Seaport Museum, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, Pennhurst Memorial Coalition Archives, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Trappe Historical Society, and the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce. Our interns created finding aids for archives, led tours, conducted historical research for physical and virtual museum exhibits, and produced reports based on their own archival research. The excellent work of WCU’s history interns has not gone unnoticed. In summer 2017 we will have more opportunities than ever before. Students interested in an internship should contact Dr. Hardy.
Other placements from recent years have included: