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Internships and Scholarships

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Undergraduate Award and Scholarship Opportunities

Arts & Humanities Scholarships

Recipients must meet the scholarship criteria of academic performance and financial need, as determined by department faculty and the office of Student Financial Services. Preference given to Delaware students.

Berwyn Fragner Memorial Scholarships

For undergraduate history majors who meet the scholarship criteria of academic performance and financial need, as determined by department faculty and the office of Student Financial Services.

Evelyn Holst Clift Award

For a graduating history major selected by department faculty for outstanding academic performance. In choosing between candidates of roughly equal qualifications, preference will be given to students specializing in fields other than American History.

William E. Meakin Memorial Award - Application

Awarded to a junior or senior history major who meets the scholarship criteria of academic performance and a distinguished record of community service. Please drop off your application and supporting documents to 236 Munroe Hall no later than March 28, 2019.

Old Home Prize

Awarded for the best undergraduate essay submitted to the Department on the history of Delaware or the Eastern Shore. Your paper should only have your student ID number and your email address on it. Please drop off your paper to 236 Munroe Hall no later than March 28, 2019.

Thomas J. Craven Prize 

Awarded for the best undergraduate essay submitted to the Department on U.S. political or constitutional history or on Delaware history. Your paper should only have your student ID number and your email address on it. Please drop off your paper to 236 Munroe Hall no later than March 28, 2019.

Joseph Donald Craven Prize

The Joseph Donald Craven Prize is awarded each year for the best essay submitted on what changes should be made in the Constitution of the United States and/or the economic system of the United States to further the interest of democracy and make the government more responsive to the will of the people. Essays do not need to be long; 1,000-2,000 words is suggested. The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize. All Political Science, International Relations, and History majors are encouraged to submit entries. You may send your essay as an attachment in an email to Ms. McDermitt at mcdermit@udel.edu. Deadline for submission is April 5, 2019.

Alumni Undergraduate Awards in History

Awarded to history majors for academic achievement.

Alumni Undergraduate Essay Prize

Awarded for an essay on a non-US history. The only criteria is that the essay is a non-US history topic. Your paper should only have your student ID number and your email address on it. Please drop off your paper to 236 Munroe Hall no later than March 28, 2019.

William H. Williams Scholarships in American History, 1607-1865

Awarded annually to undergraduate and/or graduate history majors who demonstrate outstanding scholarship in American History covering the period from 1607 to 1865.

The E. Lyman Stewart Internships 

These are competitively awarded, $3000 stipends given to sophomore, junior or senior History majors for internships 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, and the George Read II House & Gardens in Historic New Castle.

This summer, three paid internships for undergraduate majors in the Department of History are being offered at three Delaware museums and historical societies.  The stipend for each of these internships is $3,000 for 225 hours of work, to be scheduled with the host museum.  You will be paid through the university and will keep track of your hours through the UDTime.

Please contact Ms. Meg Hutchins at mhutch@udel.edu for more information on the Stewart Internships.  Application submissions are due no later than March 1, 2019.

For further information on the any of the above prizes or scholarships, please email history@udel.edu

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 Department offers HIST 464 as a regular course. In recent years, students have completed internships at such locations as UD’s Center for Historic Architecture and DesignW. L. Gore and Associates Corporate Archives, the Hagley Museum and Library, the New Castle Historical Society, and the Newlin Grist Mill in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania.  Most HIST464 internship placements are developed by students, themselves, or by students in consultation with HIST’s Undergraduate Studies Chair or other History Department professors.  Students interested in internship placements, should feel free to contact Professor Jesus Cruz at jesus@udel.edu, or the History Department administrative office at 302-831-2371 for further information.

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

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.

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship and Internship Programs. Programs are numerous and constantly changing. For more information, go to https://www.smithsonianofi.com/ or call the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships at 202-633-7070.

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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