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, network with professionals in the various fields of Public History, and help you find exciting positions in Public History institutions after finishing your graduate degree.
The History Department now offers two $2,000 paid internships along with two $1,000 internship scholarships each spring semester. All students who register for a spring internship automatically qualify for the Department's two competitive scholarships (which are based on GPA, instructor references, and extracurriculur activities). For more information on the paid internships with Dollar Bank and the Newman Institute, click on the links above and below.
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 125 hours of work under the guidance of 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, prior to starting your work, you complete an Internship Contract, which outlines the project or area of work to be covered by the internship. You also submit a formal internship report after finishing your work.
Please contact the History Department's Internship Supervisor Dr. Alima Bucciantini for additional information on applying.
Where to intern?
As a major metropolitan area, the Pittsburgh region offers Duquesne students a wide variety of notable institutions for internships. Duquesne students have interned at:
- Frick Art & Historical Center
- The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh
- 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 Public History students also have interned at national institutions far from Pittsburgh, including the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the San Diego Historical Society, among others.