The Department of History at The University of Memphis is committed to providing both our on-campus and online students with enriching educational experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. History internships are intended to provide students with a meaningful hands-on experience.

History internships should:

  • Give students the opportunity to see historians and history in action.
  • Provide students with opportunities to apply analytical, interpretive, expressive, and creative skills developed in coursework to history-oriented projects.
  • Augment students' historical knowledge and skills.
  • Augment students' professional experience and skills.
  • Fulfill individual learning objectives that will aid future study/work plans as outlined by individual students and their faculty advisors.

Course Credit

Students who undertake history-related internships are encouraged to enroll in the associated academic internship course through the department. HIST 4020 can be taken for up to 12 credits, but only 6 credits can apply to the history major. Internship students enroll in the course based on the hours they plan to work at the internship site. Each 50 hours of work = 1 credit hour. Most students take HIST 4020 for 3 credits and work 150 hours over the course of a semester. The internship course can be taken in any semester, including summer. Internship grades are given on a traditional scale of A-F. For more information, please see the internship contract:

Internship Contract (pdf)

Internship Scholarships

In order to encourage students to take advantage of these outside experiences, the Department of History awards up to three $2000 scholarships per year to students who seek out and complete an approved internship experience. To receive the scholarship, students must procure a history-related internship and enroll in at least 3 credit hours of HIST 4020. Priority will be given to students with strong academic records who work in positions that promote their development as historians and prepare them for future careers and/or graduate study in history.

Scholarship Application

Getting Started...

The supervising internship faculty member for History internships and the instructor of HIST 4020 is Dr. Chrystal Goudsouzian. In special situations, students may be able to set up HIST 4020 with an appropriate History faculty mentor of their choosing. Please check out our past partners below and get familiar with the internship contract. Then contact Dr. Goudsouzian at cdykes@memphis.edu to get started!

Past Internship Partners

Local | Regional | National




Africa in April  

Ames Plantation  


Backbeat Tours

Belz Museum

Blues Foundation

Center for Southern Folklore


Cotton Museum

Davies Museum

Facing History and Ourselves

Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the MidSouth

Mallory-Neely House

Memphis and Shelby County Room

Memphis Heritage Foundation

Memphis in May

Memphis Rock and Soul Museum

Mississippi Valley Archives

National Civil Rights Museum

National Ornamental Metal Museum

Panamerican Consultants: Archaeology

Pink Palace Museum

Shelby County Archives

Soulville Foundation

Stax Museum

Teach for America, Memphis

The Brooks Museum

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Tunica RiverPark Museum

U of M Art Museum

Urban Child Institute

Victorian Village

Weaver and Associates - Archaeology

West TN Historical Society

Woodruff-Fontaine House

 Advent Presbyterian Church

Clio's Closet

Dance Scholars Academy

Dixon Museum


The Marcus Orr Center

Shelby Farms

Lafayette's Music Room

Temple Israel

TN Department of Environment and Conservation

TN History Day

U of M Women's History Month 

 Workers Interfaith Network




DeSoto County Museum

Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Girl Scout Camp Tik-A-Witha

Morgan County Oral History Project

Shiloh National Military Park






Smithsonian Museums

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Washington Center

 History News Network


Though not listed here individually, many of our interns work for attorneys or with political campaigns.