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Real-world experience

Students may earn credit toward their history degree by working in a history-related field. Any work setting or project that allows a student to apply his or her historical training may qualify as an internship experience. It's up to students to make the initial contact with a potential employer, work out a viable work-for-credit program, and complete the contract form requesting enrollment in internship courses. Only after the Department of History has formally approved requests will students be signed into an internship course.

Credit Requirement

Graduate students are restricted to four total credit hours of internship credit for their degree requirements. Each hour of internship credit usually translates into a minimum of four hours of work per week for an entire semester. In other words, one hour of credit represents a minimum of 56 hours on the job; 2 hours of credit represents 112 hours of work; 3 hours of credit equals 168 hours; 4 hours would reflect at least 224 hours on the job. Intern supervisors may set higher expectations.


The department offers graduate assistantships on a competitive basis students are eligible in their first two years.

Graduate Archiving Internship:  History 6500 is available for 2-4 credits and is usually completed in conjunction with the staff in Special Collections & Archives in Merrill Library. Internships are available in either the manuscript or photograph sections. Graduate students are required to complete History 6840 (Archives Management) before becoming eligible for an internship in Merrill Library. In the past, students have also completed internships at the archives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City and at the official state archives.

Graduate Editing Internship:  History 6520 grows out of USU's relationship with the Western Historical Quarterly, which is housed in the Department of History. The internship may be taken once in the course of one's graduate training for 2 credits, with interns working a minimum of 10 hours a week for a semester. The experience gives the student a unique perception of how the scholarly world operates. Students interested in working at the Quarterly should email its editor Dr. David Rich Lewis.  

Graduate Museum Internship:  Students may also take advantage of History 6540. It may be taken for 2-4 credits. Typically students have worked at local or regional museums such as American West Heritage Center in Cache Valley, Air Force Museum in Ogden, Golden Spike National Historic Monument in Utah, Fossil Butte National Monument in Wyoming, and the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University. Interested students should contact the Department Head.  The department has a special relationship with the Hyrum Museum, and student interns at Hyrum qualify for consideration for a year-long paid fellowship.  For more information, contact Jami Van Huss.

Graduate Professional Internship:  History 6560 may be for 2-4 credits. It has been used mainly by students doing historical research for the Bureau of Land Management in Denver and Salt Lake City. This title could, however, include a range of potential venues and projects. If you would like to propose an internship under this number, please contact the Department Head.

Graduate Teaching Internship:  Through History 6580 a graduate student works with an instructor in an advanced-level undergraduate course for 2 hours of internship credit. He or she may, for instance, develop a course unit and present and evaluate it. The graduate intern must attend the course and may be expected to help on a daily basis, but should be involved in the evaluation of only a limited amount of the student assignments. The intern will not bear the brunt of the grading.

WHQ Fellowships:  Financial assistance is available to history graduate students through the Western Historical Quarterly, published quarterly at USU. The editors of the journal offer, two-year fellowships.  Nationally competitive, these fellowships are awarded to highly qualified students who work as editorial assistants in the WHQ office where they are acquainted with all aspects of journal production.  The awards carry stipends and tuition waivers.

Hyrum Museum Fellowship:  This fellowship is open and competitive for any second-year graduate students who have interned during their first-year at the Hyrum Museum.  The award carries a stipend and tuition award.

Special Collections Fellowship:  Graduate students may compete for a year-long fellowship in USU's Special Collections.  This award carries a stipend and tuition award.

The Charles Redd Graduate Fellowship:  The fellowship offers in-state tuition and $10,000 stipend for one year of graduate study, renewable for a second year depending on the availability of funding and the student’s performance. (Waivers are often available to cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.) The successful candidate will work as a research assistant for Prof. Ravi M. Gupta, Charles Redd Chair of Religious Studies, while pursuing a Master’s degree in History at USU. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. Ravi M. Gupta to discuss their interests and qualifications. His email address is  Click here for flyer.