Although the department does not run a formal internship program, undergraduates may pursue a wide range of internship opportunities. History majors have served as interns in the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (see below for more information), Department of Special and Area Studies Collections, at the Florida Museum of Natural History, at the University Press of Florida, and with a number of local historical societies and museums. Internships are arranged on a case-by-case in consultation with the Department’s Internship Coordinator (usually the Undergraduate Coordinator).
In order for the internship to count for history credit, prospective interns must do the following before the start of the internship:
- inform both their internship supervisor and the Internship Coordinator of their intention to earn academic credit
- confirm that the internship will involve substantial historical work (e.g. processing archival collections, serving as a museum guide, conducting historical research for on-going projects and publications)
- in consultation with the supervisor and the Internship Coordinator, come up with a set of assignments on which the grade will be based. These may include, but are not limited to, regular progress reports, website design, exit essays, and research papers.
The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Internships
The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) believes that oral history is an indispensable method of studying the past, and it strives to promote the thousands of invaluable oral narratives that have been entrusted to our care. SPOHP seeks motivated students to help accomplish it’s many goals. Our semester-long internships, available to graduate and undergraduate students for 3 credit hours, serve as an introduction to the field of oral history. But beyond conducting, transcribing, and audit-editing interviews, our internships are tailored to the strengths of our students. Interested in event planning? Public relations? Website design? Audio and film editing? We have the resources and opportunities to help you. This is a great time to complete an academic internship with the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program! Please visit http://www.history.ufl.edu/oral/intern.html for more information.