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UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Internships offer History students the opportunity to acquire practical experience in history-related fields and learn about the kinds of careers for which a major in History offers excellent preparation.

History 464 Internship in History for academic credit

The History Department and its Museum Studies minor offer the “HIST464 Internship in History” and the “MSST464 Museum Studies Internship” as a means of allowing students to secure academic credit for internship placements at museums, historical societies, historic sites, government agencies, or other suitable venues.  In recent years, students have completed internships at locations such as UD’s Center for Historic Architecture and Design, W. L. Gore and Associates Corporate Archives, the Hagley Museum and Library, the New Castle Historical Society, the Lewes Historical Society, and the Newlin Grist Mill in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. 

Many HIST464 internship placements are developed by students, themselves, while MSST464 internship placements are typically arranged by Meg Hutchins, Museum Studies Program Coordinator and Internship Coordinator for the History Department.  Students interested in completing a HIST464 or MSST464 internship must secure pre-approval of their placement from Ms. Hutchins (mhutch@udel.edu and 302-831-1251).  

On an occasional basis, the Department also offers HIST 464 as a regular course, rather than as an individual internship, with enrollment by consent of its instructor. When HIST 464 is offered as such a course, the instructor places students in internships but also holds some class sessions on campus.


The E. Lyman Stewart Internships 

These are competitively awarded paid internships given to sophomore, junior, or senior History majors who are placed at local historical societies, museums, libraries, archives, or historic sites. You do not have to be seeking a career in museums or public history to apply for these internships. In recent years, students have completed Stewart Internships at such locations as the Delaware Historical Society, the Hagley Museum and Library, the New Castle Historical Society and the Laurel Historical Society.

This summer, several paid internships for undergraduate majors in the Department of History are being offered at Delaware institutions.  The stipend amounts for each of these internships begins at $3,000 for 225 hours of work and may increase depending on funding streams. Interns will be paid through the university and will be required to keep track of their hours through the online UDTime system.

Please contact Ms. Meg Hutchins at mhutch@udel.edufor more information on the Stewart Internships.  Please fill out our online form to apply. Application submissions are due no later than March 1st, 2020.

Interview night will be held March TBD, 2020.


Smithsonian Institution Fellowship and Internship Programs

Programs are numerous and constantly changing. For more information, visit the

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship and Internship Programs website or call the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships at 202-633-7070.


Additional Resources

Students may also seek internship opportunities through the Career Services Center.  If completed in conjunction with UNIV 364, the internship fulfills the DLE requirement.

For further information about internships, please contact your History advisor in the History Department Office.

Looking for more public history opportunities?  Subscribe to the Museum Studies Program at the University of Delaware’s newsletter MuseWeekly which features professional opportunities such as conferences, workshops, internships, fellowships, and jobs.

Please read the UDaily Article about Exciting History Internships.

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  • Department of History
  • 46 W. Delaware Avenue
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • University of Delaware
  • Phone: 302-831-2371
  • history@udel.edu