Internship Procedures and Opportunities
Students should prepare for their internships by meeting with the American Studies Internship Coordinator no later than October 15 for a spring semester project, and no later than March 30 for a fall semester project.
Once students have identified the organization with which they would like to work, they should obtain and complete all forms required by it.
They must then complete the "Internship Application and Agreement" in conjunction with the host organization and the American Studies internship coordinator, which will clearly define the purposes, goals, and outcomes of the internship. This contract requires ten hours per week at the internship site, the completion of projects determined by the internship supervisor, and the production of three quarterly reports and one final report.
Under University policy and pursuant to federal regulations, any student engaged in an internship for credit must be signed up for the relevant SLU course number (ASTD 4910 for B.A. students, 5910 for M.A. students, and 6910 for Ph.D. students) by the internship start date. No student may conduct an internship during one time span while taking the corresponding course credits during another time span (e.g. a summer internship with associated course credits taken during the fall), except when a student is continuing internship work to clear a grade of Incomplete from a previous semester's internship course.
American Studies students have taken on an impressive variety of projects:
Rob Wilson and Sara Jatcko worked in the Missouri History Museum's collections, conducting research on artifacts for use in upcoming exhibitions.
Katie Schluge interned with a team at the Circuit Court Records project in downtown St. Louis, conserving and cataloguing a national treasure of documents from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Elizabeth Eikmann researched and delivered historical tours of St. Louis for the women-owned and operated company Renegade STL.
Susan Nichols supported the degree completion of under-resourced students through the nonprofit organization College Bound.
Eva Navarijo wrote letters advocating for the rights of immigrants and refugees at the International Institute.
Tori Herrera has written grant proposals to support the Radio Arts Foundation.
Cicely Hunter has worked to promote Community Forward, a Ferguson, Missouri nonprofit organized to advance livability and economic empowerment across municipal boundaries in North St. Louis County.
Olivia White conducted research on historically significant architecture for the Preservation Research Office.
St. Louis has rich set of institutions and community organizations to consider as host sites. Students are also welcome and encouraged to make their own arrangements and explore innovative new projects that support their learning goals and interests in American Studies. Possible sites include:
Black Leadership Roundtable
Building Arts Foundation
Campbell House Museum
Catholic Charities of St. Louis
Circuit Court Records Project
The City Museum
Community Forward, Inc.
The Contemporary Art Museum
Cupples House Museum
East-West Gateay Coordinating Council
FOCUS St. Louis
Gateway Greening Alliance
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Jobs with Justice
Joplin House Museum
KDHX 88.1 FM Community Radio
KETC TV Channel 9
Landmarks Association of St. Louis
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Missouri Arts Foundation
Missouri Botanical Gardens
Missouri Historical Society
Missouri Trust for Public Land
Old North St. Louis Restoration Group
Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
Radio Arts Foundation
Saint Louis Art Museum
St. Louis Cultural Resources Office
St. Louis Parks Department
St. Louis Planning and Design Agency
St. Louis Public Library
St. Louis Science Center
Saint Louis Zoo
The Sheldon Arts Foundation
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site