Internships provide valuable opportunities for you to gain first-hand knowledge and build your professional skill set. They also offer important opportunities to build your resume and network with professionals in the various fields of Public History. Internships play an important role in helping you find exciting and important positions in Public History institutions after finishing your graduate program.
How do you do it?
All Public History graduate students complete two internships and earn six-hours of credit during their course of study. Each internship requires a minimum of 125 hours of professional experience under the guidance of working professionals in various Public History fields. They are available every semester (including summer) and require at least six weeks of work.
In conjunction with your internship director, you complete an Internship Contract, which outlines the project or area of work to be covered by the internship, prior to starting work. You also submit a formal internship report after finishing your work.
Where to intern?
As a major metropolitan area, Pittsburgh's region offers Duquesne's Public History students a wide variety of notable institutions from which they may choose to meet their internship requirements. Duquesne students have held internships at:
- National Institute for Newman Studies - PAID
- Dollar Bank - PAID
- Frick Art & Historical Center
- Heinz History Center
- Andy Warhol Museum
- Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
- Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation
- Old Economy Village
- Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area
- Upper St. Clair Historical Society
- Phipps Conservatory
- Allegheny Land Trust
- The Historical Society of Mount Lebanon
- Meadowcroft Rock Shelter and Historic Village
- Fort Pitt Block House Museum
- Archives of the Diocese of Pittsburgh
- Theatre Historical Society of America
- Mifflin Township Historical Society
- Center Avenue United Methodist Church in Pitcairn, PA
- Kerr Memorial Museum
- The Ligonier Valley Historical Society
Duquesne students also secure national internships and have served in positions at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the San Diego Historical Society, among others.