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History Internships & Co-Ops

Patrick Willis, intern at Canton's Historical Commission

Above: In this 2005 archive image, Patrick Willis (right), an intern from the graduate program in history at Western, and Father Tim McRee, head of Canton's Historical Commission, look over some of the artifacts from the collection of historical items in Canton's Visitor Center.

Get out of the classroom and get your hands dirty! The internship and co-op programs here in the history department give students a chance to show off their skills and knowledge to the public as well as potential employers. Opportunities abound for those who want to discover more about local history, learn the “ins and outs” of local, state and national archives, organize museum exhibits, and build a lasting legacy of a community’s or people’s past.

In the past, our students have gained practical experience through internship and employment at locations such as these:

  • Museum of the Cherokee Indian
  • The National Park Service
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Petersburg Civil War Battlefield
  • Fredericksburg Battlefield
  • Hanging Rock State Park
  • Mountain Heritage Center
  • Mount Mitchell State Park
  • Museum of the Albemarle
  • Museum of the Cape Fear
  • North Carolina State Archives
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Wachovia Bank

For more information on co-op programs, contact Dr. Jessica Swigger.


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