Sunday, June 10, 2012

Introducing the Summer 2012 Interns, Part I

As we settle in Summer Session A on campus, undergraduate History majors have spread out across the city and the country to take up summer internships for HIST 398 course credit. Working directly with history-trained professionals in a broad range of institutions, interns are spending a minimum of seventy-five hours this summer putting the critical thinking, writing and speaking skills that they have learned in the Loyola classroom to work in the real world. Interns are blogging weekly posts about their experiences.

Out at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Arts in Santa Ana, California, Brooke Frazier is bringing history to the airwaves as an intern in the museum’s Public Relations department.  Not too far away, Joseph Ridenour is developing scripts based on the experience of sailors on historic different ships at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum.  In Milwaukee, Elizabeth Hanson is working with Historic Milwaukee, Inc to develop tours of historic Brady Street.  Joe Karamanski is gaining first hand experience by working with the exhibition department of the First Division Museum at Cantigny in Wheaton, IL, helping them install new temporary exhibitions and making suggestions on how improve permanent exhibitions.  Cady Holmes is working with collections of a different sort at Loyola’s own Women and Leadership Archives this summer.

There is still plenty of time to join your classmates who have arranged internships for Summer Session B as varied as an archaeological dig in Peru, the Pritzker Military Library, and the Cincinnati Museum. Visit the undergraduate internship page on the departmental website for more information about the internship program and where students have interned in the past. The registration process is simple: download and fill out an application, approach an institution of interest about internship possibilities, and if you agree on a project, download and submit a signed contract by the end of the week before (by June 29th) Summer Session B begins. It is also never too early to be thinking about fall internships! Need more information? Email me ( Have a great summer!

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