Dorothea Wyatt History Internships

Applications Due: March 13, 2020


History internships provide an excellent opportunity for students to apply their classroom skills in the workplace. Any history major or minor wishing can apply for an internship at any point during their major. History internships are available 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.

How to Apply:

History majors, History minors, and History Preservation 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.

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.

Stockton Center Internship


Internship Description:

The Stockton Center Internship is a unique opportunity for students to experience the way history is practiced at a Historic House Museum. Interns learn about the role of Historic Houses in the museum community, and contribute to projects underway at the museum. Focus areas: Collections, Exhibits, Archeology

About the Stockton Center:

Built in 1872 by Colonel Thomas and his wife Maria Stockton, The Stockton Center was named Spring Grove by its original residents as it stood near a natural spring and peaceful woods. The Stockton’s sold the home in 1920 to the Sisters of St. Joseph who established St. Joseph Hospital. By 1936, St. Joseph Hospital outgrew its location and moved to a larger site.

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: 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).

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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.

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.

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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