Internships & Careers
Recent internship locations for History majors have included
- The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
- Smithsonian National Museum of American History
- Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
- Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
- United States Marine Corps History Division
- Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
- National Park Service, Frederick Douglas National Historic Site
- Alexandria Archeology Museum
- National Museum of the United States Navy
- National Park Service, Lee Custis Mansion
- McCain Presidential Campaign 2008
- The Office of Congressman Christopher H. Smith
- The Office of Senator Arlen Specter
What did these interns do? Some of their tasks and accomplishments included
- supporting original research by known scholars
- the discovery of military documents and publishing findings
- making presentations on original research to senior military officers
- condensing original journals and cataloguing clothing and other items belonging to prominent figures from the Civil War Era
- writing articles for encyclopedias
"My senior year at Marymount I participated in an internship with the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG), a non-profit in western Loudoun County, VA. JTHG is A National Heritage Area Program and aims to promote heritage preservation, historical education, and collaboration between the numerous historical sites and organizations between Gettysburg, PA and Monticello, VA. In my role as an intern I was responsible for maintaining a large historical database where I was able to use my historical research techniques learned during my time at Marymount to accurately research Civil War soldiers who had died on the battle and ensure that there was a tree planted with the JTHG Heritage Area in their memory.
The internship with JTHG also awarded me the ability to shape my professional skills by requiring me to interact with other organizations and even U.S. Congress staffers on behalf of the Journey. This was a great experience in the practical application of skills learned while a History major at Marymount University, and I value the skills and knowledge gained during this experience."
As you consider History as a major area of study and think about internship options, you may find these links helpful.
Depending upon the electives you choose and possible graduate school studies, you will be prepared for a job as a
- Historic site tour guide
- Museum curator
- Public relations director
- Foreign service officer
- Researcher for major corporations and nonprofit organizations
Marymount’s Center for Career Services can help you prepare for your internship and job search, polish your résumé, and practice your interviewing skills.
Grad school bound? Marymount’s DISCOVER Program is available to help you with tips on applying for and thriving in your graduate-study pursuits. You can also find a links to colleges and universities with graduate programs in History here.