Internships

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William Jones, The Radnor 21 Studio

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Thomas Stocker, Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum

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Alexis Zimmerman, Historic Yellow Springs

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Danielle Lehr, Pennsbury Manor

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Kaitlyn Sheeran, Lehigh County Historical Society

Intern 3

Henry Carlson, Ephrata Cloister

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Amanda Tuttle & Kelly McGuire, History of Oppression Project at Elwyn, Inc.

Intern 5

Taryn Carey, Anthracite Heritage Museum

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Kristen Waltz, Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

Intern 7

Jeremy Tonnessen, Pottsgrove Manor

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Caitlin O'Donnell, National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum

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Michael Lewis, Moravian Archives

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Andrew Ross, The Mill at Anselma

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Ben Spohn, Chester County Historical Society

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Richard Fontanet, Independence Seaport Museum

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Antonio Aloia
Trappe Historical Society

Mallee

Chris Mallee
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

Connolly

Pete Connolly
Speaking for Ourselves

Grear

Melanie Grear
Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce

Giest

Annmarie Geist
West Chester University Special Collections

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Dillon Baker
Moonstone Arts Center Hidden History Project

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Alexis Lacy
Valley Forge National Historical Park

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Adelaide Okonski
Clivedon of the National Trust

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Marissa Kalinowsky

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Seth Wheeler
Chester County Historical Society

Lederman

Leonard Lederman
Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Gonzalez

Kolby Gonzalez
Peter Wentz Farmstead

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Zachary Schaefer
Valley Forge National Park

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Deana-Lee Forbes
Independence Seaport Museum, Summer 2018

 
 

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You know you love history, but how can you apply that passion to a job? The best way to contemplate your future career is with hands-on experience through a service-learning internship for credit, which you can list on your resume and college transcript. Interns have their experiences life changing, as they develop new goals and career ambitions while building their professional network.

The History Department offers undergraduate and graduate 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 2.75 GPA who can offer 15 or more eight-hour days, typically during summer sessions, should contact the History Department Internship Coordinator, Professor Charles Hardy CHardy@wcupa.edu, regarding the application process and registration for AMS 415, HIS 450, or HIS 600.

Internship Policies and Procedures

  • An intern may earn 3 credits during a semester or summer or winter session.
  • 3-credit internship requires a student to perform assigned responsibilities at the cooperating internship site for no less than 133 hours. 
  • Interns must be History majors with at least 80 earned credits and a minimum 2.75 grade point overall and in history. (The chair may make exceptions in special cases.)
  • Interested students should contact the department internship coordinator, Professor Charles Hardy, CHardy@wcupa.edu, one semester prior to the semester in which they wish to intern. 
  • Students must provide the internship coordinator a sample of their best historical writing and a resume for submission to prospective cooperating internship institutions.
  • The coordinator will review these materials and inform students if they qualify for an internship. Students denied an internship will receive reasons for the denial from the internship coordinator and suggestions for strengthening a future application.
  • The internship coordinator and student will work together to decide where to seek a placement, with either the student or coordinator making the initial contact.
  • Interns must obtain FBI and Child Abuse Clearances before the internship can begin. In paid internships students do not need clearances.

Compensation: Paid Internships!

The Department of History offers internship stipends of between $800 and $1,000 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.

Evaluation

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:

  • a daily log, detailing the nature of the activities during the internship. The internship coordinator will use this log, submitted on a schedule, to determine the intern's performance and to suggest changes to the internship assignments and responsibilities.
  • Consistent contact with the faculty internship supervisor, including regarding any significant changes to their activities or emerging problems.
  • On-site visit by the faculty supervisor

The student's grade will be based on:

  • the on-site supervisor's mid-internship and final evaluation,
  • the student's internship report, describing and evaluating the nature of the internship experience,
  • a final project, based on the intern's work at the affiliated site, agreed upon by the faculty supervisor and the student once the internship is underway.
  • the internship coordinator's on-site visit, and
  • supporting documentation, which can include materials the intern has worked on for the host institution, promotional materials for exhibits or projects to which the intern contributed, and other evidence of accomplishments.

Recent Internship Placements

Since 2015 the WCU Department of History has placed on average 14 students a year in internships, and created partnerships with the Hagley Museum and Library, Independence Seaport Museum, Valley Forge National Historic Park, and other regional institutions. Interns have 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. Students interested in an internship should contact Dr. Hardy.

Recent internship placements include the following:

  • Bernard Bronsberg, Community Action Agency of Delaware County, 2016.
  • Alexandra Lacey, Valley Forge National Historical Park, 2016.
  • Kara Fritz, Chester County Historical Society, 2016.
  • David Jones, Moravian Historical Society, 2016.
  • Chris Mallee, Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, 2016.
  • Michael Misciagna, Penn Museum of Archeology,  2016.
  • Kelsee Nodan (graduate), Philadelphia Museum of Art,  2016.
  • Chad Renner, Chads Ford Historical Society, 2016.
  • Richard Fontanet, Independence Seaport Museum, 2016.
  • Andrea Kuhn, (graduate) Elwyn Inc.,  2016.
  • John Smith III, Valley Forge National Historical Park,  2016.
  • Derek Duquette, Pennhurst Memorial Coalition Archives,  2016.
  • Melanie Pezdirtz, Special Collections, Harvey Green Library, 2016.
  • Suzanne Irvin (graduate), American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, 2016.
  • Antonio Aloia, Trappe Historical Society, 2017
  • Melanie Grear, Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce, 2017
  • Annmarie Geist, West Chester University Special Collections, 2017
  • Marissa Kalinowsky, Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, 2017
  • Seth Wheeler, Chester County Historical Society, 2017
  • Dillon Baker, Moonstone Arts Center's Hidden History Project, 2017
  • Adelaide Okonski, Cliveden of the National Trust, 2017
  • Allison Koenig, Valley Forge National Historical Park, 2017.
  • Peter Connelly, (graduate) Speaking for Ourselves, 2017.
  • Ellen Clark, Independence Seaport Museum, 2018.
  • Chris Curll, Chester County Historical Society, 2018.
  • Deana Lee Forbes, Independence Seaport Museum, 2018
  • Leonard Lederman, (graduate), Historical Society of Pennsylvania,  2018
  • Bailey Lozanoff, Susquehanna Art Museum, 2018.
  • Kelsey Killion, Chester County Historical Society, 2018.
  • Adelaide Okonski, Historic Sugartown, 2018.
  • Peter McElroy, American Helicopter Museum, 2018.
  • Michael Weiss, Hagley Museum and Library, 2018.
  • Nicole Strunk, Oral History Review, 2018-2019
  • Carly Buongervino, Chester County Historical Society, 2019.
  • Kaylin Siena, Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, 2019.
  • Margaret Hartnett, Independence Seaport Museum, 2019.
  • Thomas Stocker (graduate), The 1794 Brinton House, 2019, and Landis Valley Farm Museum, 2019.
  • Dimitri Parente, Iron and Steel Heritage Museum, 2019. 
  • Grace Citro and Celine Butler, Elwyn Inc., 2019.
  • Alexis Zimmerman, Historic Yellow Springs, 2019.
  • Nicholas Heydeman, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, 2019.
  • Marie DiChiara, Chester County Historical Society, 2019.
  • Tyler Haney, Peter Wentz House, 2019, and Special Collections, Harvey Green Library, 2020
  • Aiden Max (graduate), Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2020.
  • Kyle Sakamoto, Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, 2020.

Other placements from recent years have included:

 

  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Anthracite Heritage Museum
  • Brandywine River Museum
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Delaware Children's Museum
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Eckley Miner's Village
  • Ephrata Cloister
  • ExplorePAHistory.com
  • Greater Philadelphia Film Office
  • Historic Fort Mifflin
  • Lancaster Historical Society
  • Lehigh County Historical Society
  • Lightfoot Mill at Anselma
  • Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
  • Moravian Archives
  • National Constitution Center
  • Newlin Mill
  • Pearl Buck Foundation
  • Pennsylvania State Archives
  • Philadelphia History Museum
  • Pottsgrove Manor
  • Salem County Historical Society
  • Save Ellis Island Foundation
  • Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History
  • Soldiers and Scholars Oral History Project
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