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 one $1,000 internship scholarship each spring semester. All students who register for a spring internship automatically qualify for the Department's one competitive scholarship (which is based on GPA, instructor references and extracurricular activities). For more information on the paid internships with Dollar Bank and the Newman Institute, click on the links above and below.
No matter the internship's location -- including those on campus -- all graduate students will have some of their travel costs (up to $350) to their internship institution paid for by the History Department.
How do you do it?
All Public History graduate students must 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 institution's 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 Coordinator 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:
- Allegheny Land Trust
- Andy Warhol Museum
- Archives & Records Center of the Diocese of Pittsburgh
- Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main Branch
- Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
- Center Avenue United Methodist Church (Pitcairn, PA)
- Duquesne University Archives & Special Collections
- Fort Necessity National Battlefield
- Fort Pitt Bock House & Museum
- Frick Art & Historical Center
- Heinz History Center
- Historical Society of Mount Lebanon
- Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh
- Kerr Memorial Museum
- Ligonier Valley Historical Society
- Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village
- Mifflin Township Historical Society
- Old Economy Village
- Phipps Conservatory
- Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation
- Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area
- Theatre Historical Society of America
- Upper St. Clair Historical Society
- Westmoreland Museum of American Art
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, the San Diego Historical Society and Historic Columbia in South Carolina among others.