The History Internship Program complements students’ classroom education with practical experience in the field. Internships provide students the opportunity to explore career options, network with professional contacts and enhance their marketability upon graduation. Interns work in a wide range of agencies and institutions, in areas including government and public policy, public history and museums, archival management, historic preservation, non-profit management, media and education. The objective of our internship program is to provide students with actual work experiences where they will apply their analytical, research and communication skills in professional settings and write academically about their work experiences. Students are under the direction of the Internship Director, Dr. Eliza Martin, throughout the term of the internship.
Contact Dr. Martin at [email protected] with any questions you may have about the program.
Download and fill out the History Internship Application.
Students are responsible for finding and applying to their internships. The following list is intended to highlight some reoccurring opportunities, but it is by no means exhaustive. If you would like further help with your internship search, feel free to contact Dr. Martin. All internships must be approved by Dr. Martin as part of the application process.
If you come across an opportunity that would make a good addition to this list, please forward the information to Dr. Martin: [email protected].
For over 40 years, Georgia colleges and universities have been providing the General Assembly with outstanding interns each session. During this internship, you will receive firsthand experience of the legislative process. During your time at the State Capitol, interns gain knowledge of how state government works, how the legislative process works, along with making lifelong career contacts and friendships.
Each intern project at The National Archives at Atlanta is unique. Generally, interns assist with the intellectual control, indexing and preservation of historic federal government records. Working with an experienced archival professional, interns work with archival holdings and conduct secondary research as they develop a specific finding aid. Interns receive hands on experience and guidance in interpreting and handling original documents. They analyze their content, help determine their historical context and develop comprehensive finding aids which are then made available to researchers.
The internship program at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is a unique educational experience for students of varied backgrounds and interests. We have opportunities for students in a variety of disciplines including library science, archival management and political science. Our goal is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a meaningful and realistic work experience that will be beneficial to both students and our organization.
The Atlanta History Center is a leader in training and mentoring young museum professionals. The program reveals the inner-workings of the museum to the interns, providing interns the opportunity to contribute to the mission of the History Center. In this way, they make significant contributions in various departments throughout the organization. The History Center provides an ideal learning environment for students to explore their interest in the museum field and to develop critical professional skills.
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a world class cultural institution dedicated to exploring stories of civil and human rights in dynamic indoor and outdoor space. We are currently seeking experienced and motivated professionals with a belief in our vision: to present the evolving global human rights story and commemorate the historical struggle for African-American equality – the lessons and strategies of which are embraced every day by groups striving for freedom. Interns report directly to the Controller/Human Resources and will be responsible for assisting the Center with specific projects and goals while gaining valuable insights into the internal working of a non-profit environment.
The Marietta Museum of History is dedicated to preserving the history of Marietta and Cobb County. The Museum offers internship opportunities in archives, objects, textiles, exhibits and education.
The Georgia Trust works for the preservation and revitalization of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocates their appreciation, protection and use. Internships are available in historic preservation, heritage education, development and public programming.
StoryCorps Atlanta records stories in and around Atlanta, GA. By collecting interviews through community outreach and public appointments, hosting public events and offering additional services, StoryCorps Atlanta brings the StoryCorps experience to as many diverse populations as possible. The Atlanta StoryBooth Intern will gain an understanding of community outreach and organization and gain experience in activities involved in the planning, coordination and execution of a large-scale oral history project.
The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 80 countries by resolving conflicts, advancing democracy and human rights, preventing diseases and improving mental health care. The goal of the Internship Program is to develop an informed and skilled work force committed to advancing peace and health worldwide. Internships are available through a number of programs and offices within three broad areas of the Carter Center: Peace Programs, Health Programs and Operations.
At New American Pathways, our vision is to promote safety, stability, success and service for individual refugees and refugee families in Georgia. We offer five distinct program areas that focus on jobs, education, cultural integration, individual and female empowerment and building strong families. All of these programs are enhanced through the service of a 15-member AmeriCorps team and hundreds of volunteers. Our unique continuum of services results in better outcomes for refugees of all ages and at all stages of self-sufficiency and ensures that these new Americans develop and contribute their special skills and talents to strengthening the American workforce and helping Georgia thrive.
The Southern Education Leadership Initiative provides highly motivated and diverse upperclassmen and graduate students opportunities to develop as leaders, engage in their communities and learn about contemporary education issues through this leadership development effort. Students spend the summer in training and working at an assigned leading nonprofit sector organization. During this experiential learning opportunity, they examine strategies for improving education, addressing community needs and putting theory into practice. Fellows receive a living expense stipend of $4,500.
The AFL-CIO Union Summer Program is a 9-week, paid educational experience ($480/week, minus taxes) that introduces young activists to the labor movement by allowing them to be on the front lines with working people as they join together to form unions in their workplaces. Interns will work in teams on union organizing campaigns across the country. The work could include working on state legislative battles, talking with workers one on one about their jobs, planning and participating in direct actions like marches and assisting in building relationships with community, labor and religious organizations.
Breakthrough Atlanta increases educational opportunities for motivated middle school students from metro Atlanta public schools and inspires talented high school and college students to pursue careers in education. Under the guidance of experienced professional educators (mentor teachers), the teacher interns assume primary teaching responsibilities during the program. Since they are closer in age and experience, students can relate to them in a time when they are looking for role models.