Internships and student employment
At both the graduate and undergraduate level, students may earn credit toward their history degree by working in a history-related field. Any work setting or work 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. Only after the Department of History has formally approved student request form will they be signed into an internship course. In the past, students have interned for the USU Special Collections and Archives division of the Merrill Cazier Library, the American West Heritage Center, the Utah state archives, and the archives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Undergraduate Teaching Fellows
Each UTF is assigned to a faculty member in a specific undergraduate course and helps primarily in classroom management. The UTF may operate the audio-visual equipment, organize hand-outs, take attendance, and maintain grades. Teaching fellows must normally maintain a grade point average of 3.3 in their history courses and expected to work in a course they have already taken. Notice whether these classes employ a UTF and what tasks the UTF performs. Be sure to speak to the professor about the possibility of working in the course in the future. Nearly all UTF assignments are made in the spring semester for the following academic year. Speak with Professor Frances Titchener if you have any questions, and be sure to start applying for a position in February or March for the upcoming academic year. Students, click here for the UTF application form. Faculty, click here for the Faculty Request form.
Writing Fellows assist students across the university with written papers and oral presentations. Writing Fellows are nominated by a member of the faculty. They must complete a formal application, and go through a rigorous training program. Since 2001, history majors have worked as writing fellows.
Supplementary Instructors and Academic Tutors
The Academic Resource Center provides a number of programs for new and struggling students, and these programs employ advanced undergraduate students to do the teaching and tutoring. Supplementary instructors are often hired to work with the students in courses with large enrollment. The SI's hold "help" sessions a few times a week, to answer questions about the course and to assist students in learning how to learn.
Graduate students have a variety of internship opportunities available through the department at university, state, and national archives. Visit the graduate fellowship page to explore editing, archiving, museum curating, and other professional positions that exist.
USU History Internship Guidelines
USU History Internship Roles and Responsibilities.
Internship Site Descriptions
Graduate Internship Contract