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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.

Opportunities

The department offers graduate assistantships on a competitive basis to newly admitted students.  Students who apply by December 15th each year receive first consideration for stipends and tuition awards. For more information, contact Dr. Victoria Grieve.

The Charles S. and Elizabeth H. Peterson Fellowship offers in-state tuition and a $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. This fellowship is awarded to a newly-admitted student interested in the history of the North American West.

The Charles Redd Graduate Fellowship:  The fellowship offers in-state tuition and a $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. Gupta to discuss their interests and qualifications.

The Leonard Arrington Graduate Fellowship: The fellowship offers in-state tuition and a $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. Philip Barlow, Arrington Chair of Mormon Studies, while pursuing a Master’s degree in History at USU. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. Barlow to discuss their interests and qualifications.

Graduate Archiving Internship:  History 6500 is available for 2-4 credits and it involves interning at a working archive, such as the Merrill Cazier Library Special Collections or at the Church History library. For help in setting up an archival internship, contact Dr. Rebecca Andersen, our public historian and internship coordinator.

Graduate Editing Internship:  History 6520 provides an opportunity to work with journals edited in the department, including Mediterranean Studies and Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies. The experience gives the student a unique perception of how the scholarly world operates. For help in setting up an editing internship, contact Dr. Rebecca Andersen, our public historian and internship coordinator.

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, HIll Air Force Base Museum, Golden Spike National Historic Monument in Utah, Fossil Butte National Monument in Wyoming, and the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University. The department has a special relationship with the Hyrum Museum.  For help in setting up a museum internship, contact Dr. Rebecca Andersen, our public historian and internship coordinator.

Graduate Professional Internship:  History 6560 may be for 2-4 credits. For help in setting up a professional internship, contact Dr. Rebecca Andersen, our public historian and internship coordinator.

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. For help in setting up a teaching internship, contact Dr. Rebecca Andersen, our public historian and internship coordinator.

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.