Internships

Our internships integrate knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Our students gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths. Each internship is the equivalent of an elective, allowing you to count it toward your degree. In addition, all interns are awarded a scholarship to pay for the course which has made the experience accessible all our majors and minors.

How to apply

History majors, History minors, and History Preservation minors should submit the Dorothea Wyatt Internship Scholarship Application to 220 FH.

 

Archives Administration

This unique local history opportunity is right here on campus at the Frances Wilson Thompson Library in the Genesee Historical Collections Center. You will learn the basics of archival management and document preservation while assisting the archivist with reprocessing the collection.

Focus Areas: Description/access to primary source materials, archival theory and practice, and physical preservation. 

Genesee Historic Collections Center

 

Museum Collections Internship 

Interns work closely with the museum staff to catalog and process collections documenting Flint's automotive history at the Buick Gallery and Research Center in the museum's Perry Archives.

Focus Areas: Collections Processing, Collections Management

About Buick Gallery and Research Center, Flint Michigan:
Buick Automotive gallery & Research Center features over 25 classic and concept Buicks, Chevrolets and other locally build automobiles. The Buick Automotive Gallery is also home to the Sloan Museum's Perry Archives. Here we house a wide array of photographs, records and objects chronicling the people and history of Flint and Genesee County, Michigan. The collection features nearly 200,000 items, including the records of the Buick Motor Company and The Flint Journal Photo Archive.

 

Historic House Museum Internship

The Historic House Museum Internship is a unique opportunity for students to experience the way history is practiced at a Historic House Museum. Interns shadow professionals and learn about the role of Historic Houses in the museum community by working at three different sites.

Focus areas:  Collections, Exhibits, Management

Whaley Historic House Museum

Stockton Center at Spring Grove

Applewood Estate

 

Museum Programs and Education Internship

The Sloan Museum Education Interns gain in-depth fieldwork experience by designing, facilitating, and teaching programs that address the needs of adult, school, and youth and family audiences. Under the supervision of Sloan Museum personnel, an intern can participate in hands-on workshops, conduct research for programs or assist in planning special events.

Focus areas: Museum Education, Program & Event Planning, Marketing

About Sloan Museum:
Sloan/Longway serves more thank sixty-five thousand school children annually, providing bench mark classes in science and history. The museum also serves another forty thousand walk-in public visitors who come to see history, exhibits, planetarium shows, as well as historic automobile collections. Sloan/Longway is a member organization of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation and is supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Sloan Museum of Discovery

 

 

Historic Preservation and Cemetery Conservation Internship

Interns at Old Calvary Cemetery will learn how preservationists retrieve and catalog the records of historic cemeteries. In addition to archival research, students will work on hands on cleaning and restoration of historic headstones in on of flint oldest burial sites.

Focus areas: Genealogical Research, Conservation and cleaning, Material Preservation

About the Old Calvary Cemetery 

Old Calvary Catholic Cemetery was founded in 1847 by the Diocese of Detroit under the supervision of local parishes. The cemetery is home to a handful of notable figures in flint’s history such as James J. Hurley. In addition, the cemetery contains several examples of historic gravestone design. A local church, St. John Vianney, has generously funded the scholarship for this internship as part of their campaign to restore the historic site.

Create Your Own Internship

The Create Your Own Internship Program allows students to intern with a local organization where there breadth of skills of your liberal arts education can be put into practice.  If you have an organization in mind where you would like to intern, contact the internship supervisor in the department of history, Thomas Henthorn. Dr. Henthorn will work with you and your prospective organization to ensure that sites meet our criteria for an engaging and education experience.

As you explore an organization for your internship be sure that it meets the following conditions:

  • The position must allow the student to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to real work issues.
  • The skills or knowledge learned in the internship must be transferable to other employment settings.
  • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.

Past Internship Sites: Flint Cultural Center, Factory Two, Genesee County Prosecutors Office

 

Contact:

For more information on these and other internships, contact:
Dr. Thomas C. Henthorn
Department of History
(810) 762-3206
henthorn@umich.edu