History Internships at TAMU-SA


History internships typically are paired with the History Internship (HIST 4398) course. Students may apply up to 6 hours of internship credit toward their degree.

In a typical semester, a student may enroll in HIST 4398 and work for up to 150 hours (roughly 8-10 hours per week) at an internship site. A weekly schedule and plan of study is worked out in a meeting with a site supervisor and the supervising History faculty member, who generates a syllabus setting forth requirements. The student will typically also be required to complete some reading and written work tailored to the internship activities. A grade will be assigned at the end of the semester based on an evaluation by the site supervisor and the supervising faculty’s assessment of the student’s written work and overall performance.

More information can be found at the Mays Center for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement. Students may also contact Dr. William Bush, Professor of History and Department Chair, at william.bush@tamusa.edu.

Examples of Internship Sites Include:

Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio: The internship at the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio provides opportunities for students to become involved with the museum's educational mission dedicated to remembering and honoring the victims of the Holocaust and highlighting the dangers posed by hatred, prejudice, and apathy both in the past and in the present.  The internship allows students to gain experience in a museum setting and participate in its educational and public outreach efforts within the community. For more information, please contact Dr. Edward Westermann at Edward.Westermann@tamusa.edu.

The San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM) is a non-profit organization that focuses on building a community-based archive of Bexar County African American history.  Texas A&M University-San Antonio has partnered with SAAACAM to help conduct the research, including supporting a student research internship for a History major.  Student interns will have the opportunity to learn and exercise skills central to the historian’s craft while contributing to our understanding of an important part of San Antonio’s history.  Student interns may be eligible for paid or unpaid research internships. Additionally, the student will receive a subscription to Ancestry.com for the duration of the internship. For more information, please contact Dr. Philis Barragán Goetz at Philis.Barragan@tamusa.edu.

Texas A&M University-San Antonio Archives and Special Collections:  The Archives and Special Collections is located inside the Presidio Gallery at the Bexar County Archives Building in downtown San Antonio.  The archival collection includes the Robert H. Thonhoff Collection, a collection of newspapers from La Prensa, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas research collection that is on loan to the university, the University Archives, and other rare books and papers.  History interns at this site have the opportunity to learn a variety of tasks related to archival work.  These tasks might include cataloging materials, preserving materials, working on exhibits, and assisting researchers. For more information, please contact Dr. Amy Porter at Amy.Porter@tamusa.edu.