History Internships

Earning Credit

Course: History 199R (0.5 to 6.0 credit hours)

An internship is not required for the History degree, but highly encouraged, especially in the junior or senior years, after the completion of significant historical training and capstone research courses (History 200/490). Students may count up to 6.0 credits of "R" classes toward their major elective requirements. One credit hour is equal to at least 42 hours of carefully supervised and coordinated work. Your suggested work hours will look like this (based on the regular 14-week Fall/Winter semester or the 7-week Spring/Summer term):

Credit Hours Total Hours Hours/Week (Semester) Hourse/Week (Term)
1.0 42 3-5 6
2.0 84 5-7 12
3.0 126 7-10 18
4.0 168 11-14 24
5.0 210 15-17 30
6.0 252 18-20+ 36


Registering for the Class

Once you have found an internship, please contact the History Internship Coordinator in order to receive approval for your internship. (Contact information is listed below.) To register for the class, you must submit an IRAMS internship application through BYU's Internship Office. This is only for domestic internships. All international interns must go through the Kennedy Center's International Studies Program to register for credit. When filling out your application, you MUST include your contact information, your Internship Supervisor’s contact information (as much as you know), and the total approximate hours you will work.


Course Assignments

Due dates and assignments may vary based on the number of credit hours you are taking and the start/end dates of the internship. History 199R is currently offered on a PASS/FAIL basis. These are the general assignments you can expect to complete during your internship.

  • Statement of Expectations: Where you will be working and what you will be doing during your internship. Must be signed by you and your Internship Supervisor.
  • Evaluations and Self-Assessments: You and your supervisor will complete two evaluations/self-assessments of your work (at mid-term and at the end of the internship).
  • Reports and Readings
  • Internship Project Report: Document (through photographs, catalogs, spreadsheets, words, etc.) the project(s) that you have participated in during your internship.
  • Final Report: 3-5-page, double-spaced review and assessment of your entire internship experience and its educational value.
  • Required Readings: A selection of readings on public history, archival practices, controversies, etc., as assigned by the History Internship Coordinator and/or your Internship Supervisor.


Potential Internships

An internship can be done anywhere in the world. Here is a small sample of the types of internships you can do and the locations where they can be done.


  • Individual internship with History Faculty Member
  • L. Tom Perry Special Collections
  • Museum of Peoples and Cultures
  • Charles Redd Center for Western Studies
  • BYU Museum of Art
  • Springville Museum of Art
  • Center for Family History and Genealogy
  • Pioneer History Museum
  • Provo Pioneer Village

Salt Lake City/Statewide

  • Better Days 2020
  • Joseph Smith Papers Project
  • Historic Sites Division, Church History Department
  • Church History Museum
  • Topaz Museum
  • Mormon Women Project
  • Utah State Archives and Records
  • Pioneer Memorial Museum
  • Fort Douglas Military Museum
  • Utah Department of Community and Culture


  • Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.)
  • Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.)
  • National Archives (Locations across the country)
  • National Park Service (Locations across the country)
  • National Historic Landmarks and Sites (Locations across the country)
  • American Historical Association (Washington, D.C.)
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, VA)
  • United States Holocaust Museum (Washington, D.C.)
  • Museum of Tolerance (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Buffalo Bill Historical Center (Cody, Wyoming)
  • Tenement Museum (New York City, NY)
  • Atlanta History Center (Atlanta, GA)
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, Illinois)
  • Museums, historic houses, archives, associations, libraries, and more!


All international internships must be arranged through the Kennedy Center’s International Study Programs (ISP). Contact ISP for more information and application deadlines. The sooner you get started, the better! 101 HRCB, (801) 422-3686.

Washington Seminar

Students are encouraged to work with the Washington Seminar program if they are interested in internships in the Washington, D.C. area. The Washington Seminar also awards several scholarship grants each semester and have housing available for students in D.C. (for single and married students). For more information and application deadlines, visit 944 SKWT or call (801) 422-6029.



For additional help and information, contact the Internship Coordinator at 2130F JFSB, (801) 422-1789, or hist_intern@byu.edu.