Internships and Fellowships
Internships earn academic credit and provide opportunities for students to connect their academic work with hands-on experience in the Memphis community. The Department offers two general types of internships.
The Public History Internship (History 360) gives majors the opportunity to apply their knowledge and love of history by working in one of three areas: Archives, Museums, or Preservation. Designed for students interested in exploring careers in public history, this internship gives students a chance to experience first-hand how historians outside of the academy practice their craft. These history-related internships carry 4 credits and fulfill the “connections” (F11) requirement. To enroll, students must be approved in advance by the instructor and the Office of Career Services.
The Internship (History 461) gives students the opportunity to apply the critical thinking, writing, and research skills they have acquired in the major by working in a variety of areas, including business, education, law, or the non-profit sector. Designed for students interested in careers not specifically related to history, this internship provides on-the-job experience to complement one’s liberal education. Students can choose any approved internship from the list of academic internships maintained by the Office of Career Services. This internship carries 2 credits. It does not fulfill a Foundation requirement, nor does it fulfill the requirements of the major or minor. To enroll, students must be approved in advance by the instructor and the Office of Career Services.
Fellowships provide hands-on opportunities for students to develop their skills as researchers, writers, and editors under the close supervision of a faculty or community mentor. These experiences do not carry academic credit.
The Archival Studies Fellowship is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in libraries and archives. Now in its fifth year, students spend several weeks working full-time in the Memphis Room at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library, where they receive hands-on training in archival processing and document digitization. This is a paid summer fellowship, award annually through a competitive selection process.
The Shelby Foote Fellowship provides ongoing support for the Shelby Foote Collection, which is housed in the Rhodes College Archives. Through transcribing and annotating the Foote Diaries, Foote Fellows are contributing to the development of a Digital Shelby Foote Project. Designed for students with an interest in the history and literature of the American South, this is a paid fellowship available during the academic year through a competitive selection process.
The Department of History Summer Research Fellowship allows a student to work closely during the summer with history faculty on their research and writing projects. This might include assistance with library or online database research, fact-checking, footnote-checking, copy editing, securing copyright permissions, or other tasks associated with faculty research and publication. Designed for students desiring the pursue graduate studies in history, the Summer Research Fellowship helps students gain an understanding of historical research and contributes to a student’s own development of a professional scholarly identity.
RHR Editorial Fellowships provide two students the opportunity to edit the Rhodes Historical Review, the Department’s award-winning student research journal published annually by Phi Alpha Theta. Editorial fellows will oversee the selection of essays, work with student writers and faculty readers, and produce a volume of the journal to be published at the end of the spring semester. These are paid fellowships available through a competitive application process.