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An internship is an excellent way to put historical theory into practice and to develop professional skills in historical research, preservation, and teaching. Students gain valuable experience for graduate school, teaching, and a variety of employment possibilities. Members of the History Department faculty encourage students to make an internship a part of their major or minor studies in History.
Students should contact a faculty adviser in the History Department to begin the process of setting up an internship.
Hamersly Library Archives, Western Oregon University
Contact: Brianna McFadden
Independence Historical Museum, Independence, OR
Examples of projects: Historic Resource Survey for historic buildings, identification of objects in museum collections, digitally preserving the photo collections and archiving the originals.
More information available at: http://orheritage.org/support/ volunteer-opportunities/
Oregon Historical Society
More information available at: http://ohs.org/get-involved/ volunteer.cfm
Oregon State Archives, Salem, OR
Work with archive accessions, cataloging, collections, working with reference and public information.
Contact: Oregon State Archives Division
Polk County Museum, Rickreal, OR
more information available at: http://www. polkcountyhistoricalsociety. org/volunteer-opportunities/
Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, Salem, OR
Examples of Projects: Learn Salem and Oregon History; conduct primary research on archive and artifacts for exhibitions; support education activities; Editorial Assistant with “Willamette Voices”, a scholarly journal publishing history-related articles related to the mid-Willamette Valley.
Contact: Kylie Pine
Many other internship possibilities are available.
Please consult your advisor or the chair of the History Department