Public History Internships
University of West Georgia


Teresa Beyer

Jessica Hendrickson Ruckheim
Trey Beyer worked as the Collection's Manager at the Ashland County Historical Society and Museum in Ohio during the summer of 2003. Her work involved documenting a historic home, inventorying the museum's eclectic range of artifacts, and inserting data into Past Perfect. Ask her and she will tell you, "It was a wonderful experience" and "the 'hands-on' training will serve me well in the future!" Jessica Hendrickson, a graduate student at West Georgia, worked as an intern for Steffen Thomas Museum and Archives, through the Georgia Association of Museums internship program, in the summer of 2002. Her work concentrated on handling the personal items and memorabilia surrounding the life and career of the artist Steffen Thomas. She emptied boxes and other containers previously kept in the home of Steffen Thomas and then sorted, categorized, and hosed the contents appropriately.

Internships provide an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about future employment opportunities. Internships allow students to sample the field of public history, to learn what types of work they enjoy, and to acquire valuable skills and experience that may serve them in future careers. More seasoned public history graduate students may pursue special interests through internships. The Public History program requires all graduate students and recommends that interested undergraduates pursue an internship. Many of our students have ended up with jobs in the institutions where they interned!

The location of the University of West Georgia in historic northwest Georgia and in close proximity to Atlanta offers many excellent internship opportunities. Our students have interned have worked throughout Georgia, the southeastern United States, and are not spreading into other regions.

Public history internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students each semester--fall, spring, and summer. This is only a partial listing of possible internships; we can also arrange sponsors based on student interest. Internships are three-credit courses requiring 150 hours during the semester. All internships require preapproval of the faculty sponsor before registration. Copies of the syllabi and internship applications are available below:

The Public History program maintains a notebook full of internship opportunities around the state and the southeast region. Additional internship positions are advertised on the Public History bulletin board and through the Public History list-serve for UWG students. For more information on or to register for internships, lease contact Ann McCleary (at 678-839-6041 or by email at

Our students have interned at a variety of sites, including:

Andersonville National Monument, Andersonville, GA
African American Alliance, Newnan, GA
Ashland County Historical Society and Museum, Ohio

Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Ingram Library, Carrollton, GA
Antonio J. Waring Archaeological Laboratory, UWG, Carrollton, GA
Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA
Banning Mill, Whitesburg, GA
Carroll County Historical Society, Carrollton, GA
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Carter Center, Atlanta, GA
Jimmy Carter Museum, Atlanta GA

Center for Public History, Carrollton, GA
Chieftain's Museum, Rome, GA
Georgia Humanities Council, Atlanta, GA
Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Macon, GA
Georgia Political Heritage Program, UWG, Carrollton, GA
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Marietta Georgia
Kiwanis Club (writing institutional history), GA
Male Academy Museum, Newnan, GA
Martha Berry Museum and Oak Hill Museum, Rome, GA
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta, GA
McIntosh Reserve, Whitesburg, GA
National Archives Southeast Region, East Point, GA
Pickett's Mill State Historic Site, Paulding County, GA
Rome Area History Museum, Rome, GA
Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs, GA
Troup County Archives, La Grange, GA
Antonio J. Waring Archaeology Laboratory, Carrollton, GA

Department of History
Technology Learning Center
State University of West Georgia
Carrollton GA 30118
Phone: (770) 836-6508
Fax: (770) 836-6791
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