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The Military College of South Carolina

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History Internships (History 498)

History internships combine academic training with the acquisition of skills in archival work, historical preservation, and applied history. In recent years, Citadel students have interned locally with the South Carolina Historical Society and the Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston, as well as on campus through the Daniel Library Archive and Museum and The Citadel Oral History Program. Students have also arranged summer internships with institutions outside of Charleston. The explosive growth of heritage tourism coupled with the richness and breadth of Charleston’s archival, library, and museum community provide us with many compelling options for internships.

Internship experiences have been appealing and successful for at least three reasons:

1.Practical work experiences serve as useful opportunities for students to enhance their skills as they explore career options.

2.Internships often complement students’ classroom education and match their historical interests.

3.Working with agency partners is excellent preparation for citizenship, work, and life, while it strengthens The Citadel’s ties to the local community.


Students should follow these steps to arrange history internships.

1.Contact the history department’s internship coordinator to obtain permission to enroll in History 498 and to develop an appropriate internship experience. Note that students may also propose an internship drawing from their own contacts with museums, libraries, and archives. There are no prerequisites for enrollment beyond the permission of the internship coordinator. 

2.Work with the coordinator (or another history faculty member) to contact the host institution and to articulate expectations for the internship, including the work schedule, job responsibilities, and arrangements for supervision. Internships will typically require between nine and twelve hours of work each week.

3.Complete the attached form for submission to the Registrar. After the course is posted, the student should register for History 498 online.

4.Work with the internship coordinator to obtain Special Orders for the duration of the semester. Students should strictly adhere to their work schedules.

5.Provide a mid-term (or as needed) update to the faculty advisor. The advisor may respond with suggestions for adjustments to the schedule or job responsibilities. 

6.Submit a final report to the faculty advisor. This may be a summary report of between five and ten pages reflecting on the internship experience or it may represent the results of the intern’s work and research (i.e. a digital exhibit or an historical article). Your supervisor will also be asked to rate your performance via an evaluation form you are to provide them at the start of the semester.


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