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 Satisfactory (S)/Unsatisfactory (U) grading scale. 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. Student 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 are encouraged to apply.

Scholarship Application (pdf)

Getting Started...

The supervising internship faculty member for History internships and the instructor of HIST 4020 is Dr. Chrystal Goudsouzian. Before scheduling a meeting with Dr. Goudsouzian, please consult the internship contract on this page to familiarize yourself with our program. Check out our list of previous partners and surf the internship listing sites below. Create a list of potential internship sites to discuss with Dr. G and update your resume. For resume help, refer to the Career Services page by clicking this link. Once you have an idea of where you'd like to intern and a working resume, contact Dr. Goudsouzian at cdykes@memphis.edu to get started!

Helpful Links

Looking for an internship? Check out these internship listing sites:

Need Resume, Cover Letter, or Interview Assistance? Check out these helpful sites:

Need Help with your internship search? Want tips on  your resume, cover letter, or interview skills? Just need general career planning advice? Contact Career Services at careerservices@memphis.edu

Past Internship Partners

Local | Regional | National




Advent Presbyterian Church | Africa in April | Ames Plantation | ArtsMemphis | AutoZone


Backbeat Tours | Belz Museum | Blues Foundation | The Brooks Museum


Center for Southern Folklore | Chucalissa | Church Health | City of Memphis | Cotton Museum


Davies Manor Historic Site | The Dixon Gallery and Gardens


Facing History and Ourselves | FedEx






Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the MidSouth

Latino Memphis



Memphis Historic Houses | Memphis and Shelby County Room | Memphis Heritage Foundation | Memphis in May

Memphis Rock and Soul Museum | Mississippi Valley Archives | The Marcus Orr Center | Memphis River Parks | Memphis Zoo


National Civil Rights Museum | National Ornamental Metal Museum


Panamerican Consultants: Archaeology | Peer Power | Museum of Science and History (Pink Palace) | Porter Leath  


Shelby County Archives | Shelby Farms | Sister Reach | Stax Museum | Soulville Foundation


Teach for America, Memphis | Temple IsraelTheatre MemphisTN Department of Environment and Conservation TN History DayTunica RiverPark Museum


U of M Art Museum | Urban Child Institute


Victorian Village


Weaver and Associates - ArchaeologyWest TN Historical Society | Woodruff-Fontaine House | World Relief


Youth Villages  




DeSoto County Museum | Fort Donelson National Battlefield | Girl Scout Camp Tik-A-Witha | Morgan County Oral History ProjectShiloh National Military Park | Sultana Museum




CIA | FBI | Smithsonian Museums | United States Holocaust Memorial Museum | The Washington Center | History News Network | Library of Congress | National Art Museums | Studio Institute (Museums)     


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