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SLU Department of History

History Internship Program

Saint Louis University Internship Program

This program allows students to earn course credit while gaining valuable professional experience as an intern in public and private institutions engaged in history-related projects. This course can fulfill one of the 300-level courses required for a history major.


Interns will devote the equivalent of eight to ten hours per week for a fourteen week semester, or 112-140 hours, in an internship position jointly agreed upon by the student and the internship director. Interns may also be required to complete a bi-weekly check-in with the internship director and a brief weekly journal. Interns email their journal entries to the internship director every week, or every other week, and then collect them into one document at the end of the semester.

Students need the permission of the internship coordinator in order to register. Applications for the program are available from the History Department. To begin the process first set up a meeting with the internship director, Dr. Silvana Siddali. Once you have met with Dr. Siddali, submit an internship application to the history department office in the semester before you are hoping to do the internship.

Identifying an Internship Site

As every history student knows, research is key! Below is a list of local historical sites and organizations, you might consider for an internship. To find the most recent information about internships and deadlines, check the organizations' web pages. We encourage you to explore other options and sites both in and outside of St. Louis. If you know of a local organization or historical site that fits your interest, do some research into the internship opportunities available. Additionally, if you are interested in honing your research skills, there is also the option to work individually with History Faculty as a research assistant, helping professors with their book projects. Research projects have included working on archaeological evidence, historic site ownership, children's games, and nineteenth century newspaper editorials.

If you find your perfect internship and are ready to begin working, wonderful! If you are interested in a particular site and no internships are listed on their webpage, we should be able to set up a relationship with the organization. Either way, the next step in the process is to make an appointment with Dr. Silvana Siddali, the History Department's Internship Coordinator, to discuss your options.

You are also encouraged to look for internships at the Career Services' website and consider taking an internship in a related department, such as International Studies, American Studies, Political Science, Women's Studies, and African American Studies. The directory of the Missouri Association for Museums and Archives may also be useful for your search.

Local Internship Opportunities

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Campbell House Museum
Chatillon-De Menil Mansion
Discovery Expedition of St. Charles
Eugene Field House and Toy Museum
Holocaust Museum
Jefferson Barracks
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Archives
Landmarks Association of St. Louis
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Midwest Jesuit Archives
Missouri History Museum and Learning Center
National Archives Records Center
Saint Louis University Art Museum
Scott Joplin House
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum - Transcribe an oral history; write a lesson plan; develop marketing strategies; work hands-on in our manuscript, audio/visual and Lincoln collection areas; teach a child the art of the "hoop and stick. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) is committed to providing learning opportunities and career-enhancing experiences to college and graduate students. Whether greeting the public on the front lines or working behind the scenes in administrative departments, interns take an active role in executing the mission of the presidential museum and library. Working with professional staff as part of a skilled team, interns participate in significant projects as well as day-to-day operations as they become familiar with the museum and library fields. References and contacts gained through work as an intern can be helpful in securing future employment and admission to further programs of study. Students and recent graduates in history, museum studies, library science or education are highly encouraged to apply.

Campbell House Museum - Since opening on February 6, 1943, the Campbell House Museum has served the greater St. Louis area as one of the region's premier historic property museums. The Museum not only preserves the Campbell's house, but also their collection of original furniture, fixtures, paintings, objects and thousands of pages of family documents. The Campbell House Museum works in cooperation with colleges and universities to promote education in history, art history, museum studies and other programs. Campbell House interns have gone on the find jobs in museums around the country. Interns may be assigned to focus on a particular facet of the Museum, such as collections, development, research, educational programming, or promotion. In recent years interns have worked on projects as diverse as helping establish the Museum's PastPerfect collection database, a GIS project mapping the Campbell's Lucas Place neighborhood and research into Robert Campbell's involvement in the 1851 Fort Laramie treaty.

Chatillon-De Menil Mansion -The Mansion was built in two sections by families with very different lifestyles. Henri Chatillon built the first section, a four-room brick farmhouse, in 1848. He was a guide and hunter for the American Fur Company of St. Louis in the 1840′s before settling permanently in the area with his second wife Odile Delor Lux. Chatillon served as a guide for Francis Parkman, Jr. in 1846. Parkman wrote about their trip in his book "The Oregon Trail." Chatillon sold the "farmhouse" in 1856 to Dr. Nicolas N. DeMenil. DeMenil was a wealthy Frenchman. He came to St. Louis in 1834 and married Emilie Sophie Chouteau, who was a descendant of St. Louis' founding family. The DeMenils originally used the home as a summer retreat. In 1861, the DeMenils hired English architect Henry Pitcher to turn the farmhouse into a Greek Revival Mansion. At that time they moved into the home permanently. The addition was completed in 1863.

Discovery Expedition of St. Charles - The Discovery Expedition is a nonprofit organization dedicated to rediscovering the legacy of Lewis and Clark. We promote education and the study of American history and heritage through discussions and living history demonstrations. The Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center is the Discovery Expedition's permanent home. Situated beside the Missouri River at Bishop's Landing in charming historic St. Charles, Missouri, the educational facility features exhibits relating to the Lewis and Clark expedition as well as the Missouri River ecosystem.

Eugene Field House and Toy Museum - Today the Eugene Field House is a museum and memorial - an early Victorian jewel, reflecting the era in which Roswell, Frances and Eugene Field lived within its walls. Featured exhibits include artifacts from Eugene's personal collections at "Sabine Farm", his Chicago home. The Eugene Field House & St. Louis Toy Museum offers an internship each summer to one qualified student. Our intern has the privilege of working amidst new beginnings at our museum. With our National Historic Landmark designation and our exhibits commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Dred Scott Decision, it is an exciting time at the Museum. This environment will allow insight and experience in giving tours, exhibit planning and development, program development and presentation, collections management, strategic planning, developing partnerships, staff and volunteer management, etc.

Holocaust Museum - The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, a department of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, opened in May 1995 and was realized through the vision and generosity of many community leaders and Holocaust survivors. The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center houses a 5,000 square foot core exhibition that provides a chronological history of the Holocaust with personal accounts of Holocaust survivors who emigrated to St. Louis. Photographs, artifacts, text panels, and audio-visual displays guide visitors through pre-war Jewish life in Europe, the rise of Nazism and events during the Holocaust between 1933-1945, and post-war events including the Nuremberg Trials and Jewish life after the Holocaust.

Jefferson Barracks - Jefferson Barracks, one of the National Cemetery Administrations oldest interment sites, has served as a burial place soldiers from all wars. The original military post was built south of St. Louis, Mo., on the banks of the Mississippi River to replace Fort Bellefontaine. Selected for its strategic geographic location, the post was opened in 1826. Jefferson Barracks became the army's first permanent base west of the Mississippi River. By the 1840s, it was the largest military establishment in the United States. During the Civil War, Jefferson Barracks served as a training post for the Union Army. There was also a hospital at the post for the Union army's sick and wounded. The Missouri Civil War Museum is located within the Jefferson Barracks Historic Site in St. Louis, Missouri, which is recognized as the oldest active military installation west of the Mississippi River. The Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery was established during the American Civil War (1863) and is the final resting place for some 16,000 Civil War soldiers from both the Union and the Confederacy. Many people believe that Jefferson Barracks is without question, one of the most sacred and historically significant sites in all of Missouri regarding the American Civil War. The brave Civil War soldiers who served here, died here, and are now at rest here have made it so.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Archives -The JNEM Archives is charged to preserve records and manuscripts that document the administrative history of the park and its associated themes. As the corporate memory of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the Archives also makes its resources available to the public in accordance with objectives outlined in the park's Statement for Management: To enhance and enlarge public understanding and appreciation of the significance of 19th century American westward expansion and of the related individual significance of the Old Courthouse, the Arch, and of the early development of St. Louis.

Landmarks Association of St. Louis - St. Louis, bequeathed with a wealth of historically and architecturally significant buildings, owes the conservation and adaptive reuse of much of that inheritance to Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc. Organized in 1958 and incorporated as a non-profit in 1959, Landmarks is the primary advocate for the region's built environment. Important victories from our early years include the Bissell Mansion and Red Water Tower in Hyde Park, the Chatillon-DeMenil House in Benton Park along with the Wainwright Building and Old Post Office in downtown. In the early 1970s, Landmarks embarked on an ambitious citywide survey to identify important sites and potential historic districts. Today, Landmarks draws its strength from a broad-based membership. The more than 1300 regional dues-paying citizens include architects, attorneys, developers, consultants, historians, neighborhood leaders, bankers and community volunteers who contribute expertise and participate as advocates. That is probably the legacy envisioned in 1962 by Roger Montgomery, one of the founders, who wrote: "We must encourage continued use and creative adaptation of existing buildings and districts. But it is a mistake to insist that there must be an economic income returned by all buildings. Preservation is often self-justifying on purely cultural terms."

Lincoln Home National Historic Site - Lincoln's home in downtown Springfield has proved irresistible to visitors since it first opened to the public in 1887. Constructed in 1839 and beautifully restored to its 1860 appearance, the 12-room, Greek Revival house was Abraham and Mary Lincoln's home for 17 years. Today, the Lincoln's home draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Midwest Jesuit Archives - The Midwest Jesuit Archives serve as the collective memory of the Chicago, Missouri, and Wisconsin Provinces and the Jesuit Conference. The Midwest Jesuit Archives collects, identifies, appraises, describes, organizes and preserves the historical records of the midwestern provinces and the Jesuit Conference. The records are made accessible to researchers in order to provide a window into the origins, development, spirit and charisma of the Society of Jesus in the United States. The archives is located in St. Louis's Central West End at the northwest corner of West Pine Boulevard and Taylor Avenue.

Missouri History Museum and Learning Center - The Missouri History Museum has an active internship program available in the Fall, the Spring, and the Summer semesters. For the most part, the selected interns are college juniors or above, although occasionally exceptional underclass students are accepted. MHM has a variety of departments that offer internships. Departments that can accommodate internships are: Archives, Exhibits, Community Education and Events, Human Resources, Library, Media Collections, Museum Collections, Research, Special Projects, Publications and Visitor Services. We likewise are offering an intern position in collaboration with the Association of Midwest Museums. Our staff is deeply experienced in supervising interns in the professional standards of their fields.

National Archives Records Center - The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) is one of the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) largest operations. We are the central repository of personnel-related records for both the military and civil services of the United States Government. Our mission is to provide world class service to government agencies, military veterans and their family members, former civilian Federal employees, and the general public. The National Archives at St. Louis is currently processing newly accessioned military folders from individuals who achieved a high level of fame during their lifetime - known as the Persons of Exceptional Prominence (PEP) files. This process prepares the records for digitization and provides greater access to researchers through a comprehensively organized package. Examples of individual records include: General George Patton, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, and Charles Lindbergh. Students interested in this project would perform holdings maintenance, minor preservation duties, sorting, arrangement, and numbering of individual pages. As these each individual service files, the student will be responsible for the complete processing of at least one record. Additionally, students will be required to scan and manipulate images utilizing PhotoShop as well as perform data entry into an indexing database.

Saint Louis University Art Museum - The Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA) enriches the aesthetic component of a SLU education through the display of diverse cultural worlds and the sponsorship of educational programs related to the arts. The museum is a regional venue for scholarly presentation of works of historical art and artifacts and also is a venue for exhibitions of work by students, faculty, staff, alumni, benefactors and friends of the University. It brings together the University's permanent art collections with traveling exhibitions in an inviting setting which is available and accessible to the community, the region and the world.

Saint Louis University Law Library - The Omer Poos Law Library is recognized nationally by National Jurist as the "32nd Best Law Library" in the country and provides important resources to the School of Law community. With more than 600,000 volume equivalents and 25,000 electronic journals, the Omer Poos Law Library provides broad, in-depth support to the School's centers, certificate concentrations, and dual-degree programs.

Scott Joplin House - In 1976, Scott Joplin's St. Louis home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1984, the owner, Jeff-Vander-Lou, Inc., donated the property to the Department of Natural Resources' Division of State Parks. The house now has the distinction of being the only state historic site dedicated wholly to the presentation of African-American contributions to Missouri's cultural history. The visitor center exhibits depict St. Louis and the neighborhood as Joplin knew them, and additional details about his life and work. The operating player piano in the music room allows visitors to listen to piano rolls of the ragtime era, including some that were cut by Joplin himself. Not many authentic details of Joplin's life at 2658A Delmar are known today. It is certain that his financial success was only just beginning when he lived here, so the second floor flat he and Belle occupied has been furnished unpretentiously, in turn-of-the-century style. Gas lights, calcimine paint and second-hand furnishings re-create the modest beginnings of Joplin's St. Louis years.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approximately 37,000 dedicated Civilians and Soldiers delivering engineering services to customers in more than 90 countries worldwide. With environmental sustainability as a guiding principle, our disciplined Corps team is working diligently to strengthen our Nation's security by building and maintaining America's infrastructure and providing military facilities where our service members train, work and live. We are also researching and developing technology for our war fighters while protecting America's interests abroad by using our engineering expertise to promote stability and improve quality of life. We are energizing the economy by dredging America's waterways to support the movement of critical commodities and providing recreation opportunities at our campgrounds, lakes and marinas. And by devising hurricane and storm damage reduction infrastructure, we are reducing risks from disasters. Our men and women are protecting and restoring the Nation's environment including critical efforts in the Everglades, the Louisiana coast, and along many of our Nation's major waterways. The Corps is also cleaning sites contaminated with hazardous, toxic or radioactive waste and material in an effort to sustain the environment.

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site - Ulysses S. Grant is known as the victorious Civil War general who saved the Union and the 18th President of the United States. Few people know about his rise to fame or his personal life. He first met Julia Dent, his future wife, at her family home, named White Haven. Today, that home commemorates their lives and loving partnership against the turbulent backdrop of the nineteenth century.

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