Public History faculty encourage undergraduate students and require graduate students to pursue an internship in public history to gain hands-on practice in the field and valuable work experience for their resumes.

The university's location in historic northwest Georgia and close proximity to Atlanta offers a wide array of excellent internship opportunities. Many of our students have also chosen to intern at museums, archives, and historic sites throughout Georgia, the southeastern United States, and even other parts of the country.

Internships allow students to sample the field of public history, to learn what types of work they enjoy, and to acquire valuable skills and experience that may serve them in future careers. Some of our students have ended up with jobs in the institutions where they interned.

Public history internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students each semester, in the fall, spring, and summer.  Internships are three-credit courses requiring 125 hours of work experience for undergraduates and 150 hours of work experience for graduates. All internships require preapproval of the faculty sponsor before registration. We are willing to work with a variety of sponsorship partners (see our list of previous internship sponsors below), but the sponsoring organization must have a professionally-trained public historian on staff to supervise the student intern.

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There are a wide range of internships available.  For more information on internship opportunities or to register for an internship, contact Ann McCleary at 678-839-6041/6141 or by email at amcclear@westga.edu.

  • Internship Locations
    Internship Locations

    This is a list of some of our recent internship placements. Faculty can help students find internships throughout Georgia as well as across the country and at a range of public history and museum studies institutions.

    • Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory, UWG, Carrollton, GA
    • Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA
    • Bartow History Museum, Cartersville, GA
    • Center for Public History, UWG, Carrollton, GA
    • Cherokee County Historical Society, Canton, GA
    • Chieftains Museum, Rome, GA
    • Coastal Georgia Historical Society and Lighthouse Museum, St. Simon's, GA
    • Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA
    • David J. Spencer CDC Museum, CDC, Atlanta, Georgia
    • Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
    • Georgia Humanities, Atlanta, GA
    • Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Atlanta, GA
    • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, Marietta, GA
    • Legacy Museum, LaGrange, GA 
    • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta, GA
    • McIntosh Reserve, Whitesburg, GA
    • Marrietta Museum of History, Marietta, GA
    • Museum of Aviation, Warner-Robbins, GA
    • National Archives Southeast Regional Center, Morrow, GA
    • Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, Newnan, GA
    • Pickett's Mill State Historic Site, Paulding County, GA
    • Preservation Woodstock, Woodstock, GA
    • Rome Area History Museum, Rome, GA
    • Southeastern Museum Conference (SEMC), Atlanta, GA
    • Special Collections, UWG, Carrollton, GA
    • T. R. R. Cobb House, Athens, GA
    • Troup County Archives, La Grange, GA
    • Wenham Museum, Wenham, MA
    • Westville (Living History Museum), Lumpkin, GA
    • Williams-Mitchell Historic Farm, Villa Rica, GA
    • Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
    • Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
  • Internship Application
    Internship Application

    Click here to apply for the internship course.