VCU was one of the first schools in the nation to offer formal internships in history. Since the program started in 1977, more than three hundred sixty students have received academic credit and job experience by working on projects of an historical nature with approved museums and agencies. Interns have written research papers and mini-histories, developed interpretive programs, participated in archaeological projects, conducted oral history interviews, prepared exhibitions, catalogued manuscript collections, and discharged a variety of administrative duties.
Placements to date include Agecroft Hall, the Baptist Foreign Mission Board, the Black History Museum and Archives, Congregation Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives, the Library of Virginia, Maggie Walker House, Magnolia Grange, Maymont Foundation, Meadow Farm Museum, Museum of the Confederacy, Petersburg National Battlefield Park, Richmond National Battlefield Park, and Colonial National Historic Park (all three under the National Park Service), Valentine Museum, VCU Libraries, Virginia Department of Historic Resources: Division of Archaeology and Division of Preservation Services, Virginia Historical Society, and Wilton House Museum.
Student interns will register for Hist 493, and internships are generally for students of senior standing, though exceptions are made regularly. Students may receive 2, 3, or 4 credit hours for work on historical projects with approved agencies.
Guidelines and Procedure
Interested students should start by considering the area of history they are most interested in and potential places to intern. They should also contact the VCU history internship program director, Prof. John Kneebone, for help in setting up the internship.
To be accepted into the program, a student must:
- Be in good academic standing and generally of senior status
- Have the ability to work with others and to work under supervision
- Complete application form
- Generally have had academic training or prior work experience appropriate to the prospective internship
- Be interview by the director of interns and have explicit approval to enroll in Hist 493
Click the following link for a downloadable version of the application: Internship Application PDF