Dorothea Wyatt History Internships

Applications Due: March 29, 2019


History internships provide an excellent opportunity for students to engage in the historical discipline in novel ways. Any history major or minor wishing to learn about the discipline of history outside the classroom can apply for an internship at any point during coursework. History internships are available for during the spring/summer semesters and are equivalent to a three credit hour/300 level elective towards your degree. Interns are expected to record one hundred and fifty hours in order to receive course credit. Each intern is awarded a scholarship to pay for course credits and registration fees for the spring/summer semester.

Why a history internship is essential for ANY university graduate.

  • If you think history internships are only for students who want to work in museums or archives, read the benefits below. Our internships expose you to history as it is practiced in professions. But the tools our internships provide you are applicable in a variety of professional environments.
  • If you haven’t worked in a professional environment (i.e. something other than hourly/wage-labor), you are ill-prepared for the job market after graduation. Working in the professions (any profession) exposes you to a different way of thinking and working. This breadth of experience is likely to stand you in good stead when you approach problems, because you will be able to choose the most effective style rather than applying the same approach in every situation.
  • Internships require and provide different skills, from interpersonal interactions to specific development tools. An internship may be the only or best way to obtain these skills, which you will find valuable in any career you choose.
  • Working on real products and projects with real customers is particularly rewarding and you will see the concrete impact your ideas have on customers, on coworkers, and on the industry.
  • Knowledge of industry is essential if you hope that your classroom experience will have any impact on practice. You need to know the state of the art, how practitioners act, and what they really need. A superficial knowledge, or just listening to what they say they need, is not sufficient.
  • Internship experiences provide our graduates with confidence. As you apply the knowledge gained in the classroom with the skills you learn on an internship, you will be able to articulate your value to the professions, and by extension any future employer.

How to Apply:

History majors and History minors are asked to submit the following to the Department of History, 260 French Hall:

  • Dorothea Wyatt Internship Scholarship Application
  • Unofficial UM-Flint and transfer transcript
  • Personal statement (300-500 words) (your statement should address your enthusiasm for historical discipline and what you hope to gain from this experience outside the classroom).  


Internship Opportunities:

Museum Collections Internship


Internship Description:
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.

During the semester interns will focus on some of the following areas:

  • Collections Processing: Intern will learn how museums collect and process tow-dimensional and three-dimensional objects for use with exhibits and by researchers.
  • Digital: Interns learn how to process collections using the latest software available for organizing museum collections.
  • Collections Management: Interns will learn about overall care and management of museum collections and how they support exhibits by assist with the day-to-day operations of the collections department.

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


Internship Description:
The award for this internship is made possible by a grant from the MacFarlan Home Board of Directors. The Whaley Historic House Museum Internship is a unique opportunity for students to experience the way history is practiced at a Historic House Museum. Interns work closely with the museum staff to learn about the role of Historic Houses in the museum community, and contribute to projects underway at the museum.

During the semester interns will focus on some of the following areas:

  • Historic Preservation: The intern will have the opportunity to work closely with staff to organize, catalog, and maintain the museum's collection of original furnishings, accessories, textiles, and other objects.
  • Programming: The intern will have the opportunity to plan and organize special events lectures and tours.
  • Operations and Management: Interns will be responsible for assisting the executive director in the daily operational duties of the historic house museum.

About Whaley Historic House Museum:
Whaley Historic House Museum is a visible link to Flint's Victorian era past. In 1884 and 1885, Robert and Mary Whaley constructed their residence on East Kearsley Street. Robert and Mary were very prominent in their community. Robert Whaley was the president of Citizens Bank. During his tenure, he issued a $2,000 loan to William C. Durant and J. Dallas Dort that eventually led to the creation of General Motors. As a member of one of Flint's founding families, Mary was active in a number of civic organizations which included founding the McFarlan Home for Women.

Museum Programs and Education Internship

Internship Description:
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.

During the semester interns will focus on some of the following areas:

  • Education: Interns will learn how museums design educational material and activities that meet K-12 curriculum guidelines.
  • Program and Event Planning: Interns will have an opportunity to plan and execute a public program for a special audience.
  • Marketing: Interns can learn the multiple ways museums market events and stay connected to their audiences.

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).

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Historic Preservation and Cemetery Conservation

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.

During the semester interns will focus on some of the following areas:

Genealogical Research: The intern will have the opportunity to work with the Flint Genealogical Society in an ongoing assessment project to compile records of the interred, condition of headstones at the cemetery.

Conservation and cleaning: Interns will learn about the different stones used in the cemetery, how to analyze each stone and the best methods of cleaning and repairing them.

Material Preservation: Interns will be able to employ material preservation techniques to upright and repair damaged headstones

About the Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau

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.

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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.


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For more information on these and other internships, contact:
Dr. Thomas C. Henthorn
Department of History
(810) 762-3366