Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Meet the Fall 2016 Undergraduate History Interns

This fall semester, four Loyola History majors are processing archival collections, learning about the history and workings of communication in a major law firm, reconstructing the household of an English queen, and mapping the movement of Catholics and books across the antebellum Midwest. All are enrolled in HIST 398: The History Undergraduate Internship. In return for interning on a history-related project at an institution or with a faculty member of their choosing, they are receiving 3 credits hours towards their degree and the Engaged Learning Credit. Check out their blogs to learn more about their work:

Brooke Sutter is working in Loyola’s University Archives and Special Collections helping process collections. She began her work on the papers of Gerald Nordland, an art critic, author, curator, and former director of the San Francisco Museum of Art and several other major museums. In her blog, Brooke talks about what goes into organizing someone else’s papers, especially someone as accomplished as Nordland. She also reveals what happens when things (like something as simple as the lock on a door) don’t go exactly as planned.

As a marketing assistant at Bryce Downey & Lenkov, LLC, Chris Hoffman is immersing himself in the world of law communications this semester. His blog is a must-read for anyone interested in the world of law and what it is like to trade the classroom for a (windowless) office. Each week brings a new challenge where he has to put the skills he has learned at Loyola to work.

The household of Queen Catherine of Braganza, the wife of England’s Charles II, is the focus of Jodie Casleton’s internship this semester. Jodie is working with Prof. Robert Bucholz on his Database of Court Officers, reconstructing and researching the various people employed in the Queen’s household. Her blog reveals how Catherine’s household was alternately a place of refuge, a site of suspicion for the Catholic queen in a Protestant country, and a space she often shared with her husband’s mistress(es). This is going to be good!

A disintegrating leather-bound ledger book from the mid-nineteenth century might not seem like the most obvious source for understanding the expansion of Catholicism and nationalism in the United States. But Bianca Barcenas has been learning otherwise. She is interning with Prof. Kyle Roberts on the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project this semester, cracking the secrets of a 500-page ledger documenting the Jesuit-run book trade in the Missouri and Mississippi Valleys in the mid-nineteenth century. Want to know what books Catholics read and who they bought them from? Bianca’s blog is the one to follow.

Intrigued about the possibilities for what an internship might have in store for you? Now is a good time to start looking for a spring semester opportunity. New opportunities are posted on the Loyola Undergraduate History Internship website. RamblerLink is another good resource. Or simply start contacting institutions you’ve always dreamed at working at, or professors whose work you admire, and see if they have any opportunities. An explanation of the steps of signing up for a HIST 398 internship can be found here. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Undergraduate Internship Coordinator, Prof. Kyle Roberts (kroberts2@luc.edu), with any questions you might have.

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