Internships allow our graduate students to gain skills and contacts that will be helpful in a variety of career paths. We recently created a new funded internship program that allows students to receive the normal stipend while completing a semester-long internship and receiving a release from teaching. Students identify potential internship hosts in collaboration with the Director of Graduate Studies. Internships may be located in Pittsburgh or elsewhere, and can be completed at museums, national parks, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, corporations, or anywhere historical research is required.
We have an ongoing relationship with the Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz History Center. Our students can work with a professional staff member from the archives, museum, or administrative divisions of the center with full stipend and a release from teaching duties. Internships can involve completing a research project based on the center's collections, developing the background for an exhibit, or working closely with staff in marketing, communications or other administrative offices of the center.