The university's location in historic northwest Georgia and close proximity to Atlanta offers a wide array of excellent internship opportunities. Many of our students have also chosen to intern at museums, archives, and historic sites throughout Georgia, the southeastern United States, and even other parts of the country.

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. Some of our students have ended up with jobs in the institutions where they interned.

Both undergraduate students and graduate students in the Public History programs and Museum Studies Certificate program are required to pursue an internship in public history to gain hands-on practice in the field and valuable work experience for their resumes. Students studying history or other disciplines, such as anthropology or mass communications, may consider a public history internship as well.

Public history internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Internships are three-credit courses requiring 125 hours of work experience for undergraduates and 150 hours of work experience for graduates. In addition, students participate in online class activities, including weekly discussions, journaling, and submission of a final essay with portfolio component. All internships require preapproval of the faculty sponsor before registration (see application form below). We are willing to work with a variety of sponsorship partners (see our list of previous internship sponsors below), but the sponsoring organization must have a professionally-trained public historian on staff to supervise the student intern.

There are a wide range of internships available in Carrollton and surrounding communities, around the state of Georgia, and even across the country. For more information on internship opportunities or to register for the Public History Internship course, contact Ann McCleary at 678-839-6041 or 678-839-6141 or by email at amcclear@westga.edu for summer internships or Keri Adams by email at madams@westga.edu or by phone at 678-839-5275 or 678-839-6141 for fall and spring internships.

  • Past Internship Sponsors
    Internship Sponsors

    This is a list of some of our recent internship placements. Faculty can help students find internships throughout Georgia as well as across the country and at a range of public history and museum studies institutions.

    • Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory, UWG, Carrollton, GA
    • Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA
    • Bartow History Museum, Cartersville, GA
    • Center for Public History, UWG, Carrollton, GA
    • Cherokee County Historical Society, Canton, GA
    • Chieftains Museum, Rome, GA
    • Coastal Georgia Historical Society and Lighthouse Museum, St. Simon's, GA
    • Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA
    • David J. Spencer CDC Museum, CDC, Atlanta, Georgia
    • Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
    • Georgia Humanities, Atlanta, GA
    • Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Atlanta, GA
    • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, Marietta, GA
    • Legacy Museum, LaGrange, GA
    • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta, GA
    • McIntosh Reserve, Whitesburg, GA
    • Marietta Museum of History, Marietta, GA
    • Museum of Aviation, Warner-Robbins, GA
    • National Archives Southeast Regional Center, Morrow, GA
    • Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, Newnan, GA
    • Pickett's Mill State Historic Site, Paulding County, GA
    • Preservation Woodstock, Woodstock, GA
    • Rome Area History Museum, Rome, GA
    • Southeastern Museum Conference (SEMC), Atlanta, GA
    • Special Collections, UWG, Carrollton, GA
    • Troup County Archives, La Grange, GA
    • Wenham Museum, Wenham, MA
    • Westville (Living History Museum), Lumpkin, GA
    • Williams-Mitchell Historic Farm, Villa Rica, GA
    • Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
    • Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
  • Information for Students
    Undergraduate Students

    Undergraduate students are required to complete 125 hours at their sponsoring institution.

    Graduate Students

    Graduate students are required to complete 150 hours at their sponsoring institution.

    Apply to the Public History Internship Course

    The faculty advisor will contact you within two (2) business days of receiving your complete course application. After your application is reviewed, the faculty advisor will provide guidance on applying for internships based on your needs and interests.

  • Information for Sponsors
    Sponsor Guidelines
    Contract with Student
    Questions?

    Please contact Dr. Ann McCleary with questions about becoming a Public History Internship sponsor.

  • Questions?

    Contact one of the Public History Internship Faculty Advisors and Course Instructors for more information.

    Dr. Ann McCleary
    Keri Adams, M.A.