Department of History
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- Interns in the News
Graduate students in BGSU's history program enjoy the opportunity to expand their education beyond campus by participating in the graduate internship program. Each year students with interests in the history of North America, Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe seek out internships to explore career choices, acquire work experience, build professional networks, and pursue their scholarly interests. Both M.A. students seeking careers in policy-related fields or public history and Ph.D. students seeking careers in policy-related fields and in college and university teaching find that internships can help them meet their professional goals.
The Department of History has placed graduate students at a wide range of local, state, and national policy-related and public history sites. Recently, students have been placed at the Organization of American States in Washington, DC, an intergovernmental organization of nations in North and South America; the Joint Center for Political and Economic Analysis in Washington, DC, the nation's premier think tank specializing in issues of particular interest to African Americans; the Ohio Senate in Columbus, Ohio; Fort Meigs, a War of 1812 fort in nearby Perrysburg, Ohio; the Center for Policy Analysis and Public Service, a policy research center on the BGSU campus specializing in issues of interest to local government; and the Wood County Historical Center. The department has an ongoing relationship with Toledo Metroparks and regularly places student interns there who work as historical interpreters for visitors to the park's nineteenth-century working canal boat.
In their capacities as interns, recent students have completed an exciting array of projects, including writing a proposal for a project presented to the U.S. Agency for International Development (US AID) to promote economic development in sub-Saharan Africa; reviewing the scholarship on early childhood education and presenting the findings to the Ohio Legislature; analyzing nineteenth-century maps to give direction to an archeological dig; researching and designing brochures for visitors to the Wood County Historical Center; and archiving and accessioning nineteenth- and twentieth-century artifacts for a local museum.
BGSU graduate student interns enjoy extensive support from the history department in the form of
- Course credit for the internship placement
- one-on-one support from the faculty intern coordinator to help you find a placement, apply for internships, and succeed upon arrival;
- possible eligibility for summer funding through a non-service fellowship for an internshiplocated at a distance from Bowling Green.
For all these reasons, graduate students who complete internships while pursuing a degree in the history program at BGSU routinely comment, as did one recent student, that internships are one of the "best parts of the BGSU experience."