Deadline for Applications: December 5, 2017
Start Date: January/February 2018
The American Association for State and Local History offers paid internship opportunities for graduate students enrolled in history, museum studies, public history, or related Master’s degree or Ph.D. programs who have an interest in work at a history service organization and with national issues facing history organizations. Students are invited to work with their university faculty and our staff on for-credit internship experiences.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for a spring internship at AASLH:
- Be enrolled in a graduate academic program in history, museum studies, public history, or related field
- Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
- Submit a letter of support and/or recommendation from a faculty member
- Possess excellent time management and communication skills
AASLH internships are intensive, part-time programs that enable graduate level students to assist AASLH staff with major projects. Internships generally focus on specific projects, but are flexible enough for students to involve themselves in several aspects of our work. Interns are treated as history professionals and included in the regular ongoing activities of the organization. Salary is $12.50 an hour for up to sixteen hours per week. The AASLH internship program is designed to provide graduate-level students with exceptional service to the history field community while they evaluate possible career paths, develop a professional network, and gain firsthand experience with professional staff, diverse audiences, and cutting- edge facilities.
For more information about the AASLH Internship program, contact Aja Bain, Programs and Publications Coordinator, at email@example.com.
The AASLH Intern will work under the direction of the AASLH Chief of Operations or designee on AASLH's Continuing Education Program.
AASLH has over 5,400 members and offers many continuing education programs including onsite workshops, webinars, online courses, blogs, and publications. In September 2017, AASLH received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to evaluate our existing continuing education offerings and create a plan for future growth. The intern will provide project support for this grant project as well as other projects in the AASLH office.
The internship project will include:
- Assisting AASLH staff and grant consultants in conducting a survey of existing professional development/continuing education for history professionals and volunteers
- Compiling data for current AASLH continuing education programs including surveys and attendee information
- Assisting in a comprehensive literature review to understand trends and best practices in teaching and learning focused on continuing education/professional development programs for working professionals (not students) and informal settings (not schools or universities)
- Assist with organizing and compiling resources on the AASLH website
- Conduct research as assigned for senior staff
- Other duties as assigned, including support of the AASLH staff with workshops, Annual Meeting, publications, special projects, and general customer service
AASLH interns must have:
- Ability to act independently and be a self-starter while operating collaboratively as a team player
- Strong writing and oral communication skills
- Ability to perform multiple tasks
Submit the following in a single PDF to Aja Bain, Programs and Publications Coordinator via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- A one- to two-page cover letter explaining your interests in this project and your qualifications
- Your course of study including institution, academic advisor for the internship, and any internship requirements for your academic program (number of hours, forms, etc.)
- Availability (starting and ending dates)
- One letter of recommendation
- A resume
Since 1940, AASLH has provided leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history to make the past more meaningful. AASLH is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH works to advance knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of local history in America. AASLH publishes books, technical publications, a quarterly magazine, a monthly newsletter, and maintains numerous affinity groups and committees serving a broad range of constituents across the historical community. The association also sponsors online continuing education training, regional and national training workshops, and an annual meeting.
AASLH has a unique perspective on the challenges the discipline faces in the twenty-first century, serving a membership that directly reflects the kaleidoscopic demographics of the field itself. Members range from the smallest all-volunteer house museum to county and state archives to history museums as large as Williamsburg and the Smithsonian. It also includes the professionals and volunteers that work for them. For this diverse membership, with its many various circumstances, needs, and wants, AASLH offers programs and services that are meeting member needs and progressively advancing the goals and standards of the field.
AASLH has an exemplary reputation for successfully administering complicated national initiatives and programs. Over 75 years after its creation, AASLH remains the only comprehensive organization dedicated to state and local history.