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Internships

Graduate Internships

U-M History sponsors and supports a variety of internship programs that allow students to apply their skills as historians in professional settings. Graduate students benefit from these hands-on practicums that not only introduce them to workplace dynamics, but also expand their portfolios for a broad range of careers.

The History Department regards internships as a valuable pursuit of practical experience; they are an integral part of our graduate training. The department currently offeres two compensated internship opportunities: Public Engagement and Professionalization Coordinator and Gerald Saxon Brown Digital Skills Internship. Click below for more information.

Public Engagement and Professionalization Coordinator (History Department)

The Public Engagement and Professionalization Coordinator (PEPC) internship provides the opportunity for a History or joint-History graduate student to maintain and expand the department's professionalization and public engagement efforts. This is a year-long temporary position compensated at a rate of $25/hour with an estimated weekly workload of 10 hours.

The PEPC works with the department's Public Engagement and Career Development committee on initiatives such as:

  • coordinating the department’s monthly professionalization news bulletin
  • leading workshops on career development and professionalization
  • supporting U-M HistoryLabs, including recruiting applications from graduate student-faculty teams and working with funded teams to build the infrastructure of new projects
  • collecting and sharing resources and opportunities for professionalization
  • reaching out to new business and non-profit partners for potential internships
  • animating the U-M History alumni network
  • updating the PhD alumni database
  • working with faculty to incorporate professionalization assignments into courses
  • serving on the Reverb Effect editorial team

Application Process: The call for applications takes place in February for a September-May internship. Contact hist.engagement@umich.edu for additional details. 

Gerald Saxon Brown Digital Skills Internship (History Department + EIHS)

A collaboration between the History Department and the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, the Gerald Saxon Brown Digital Skills Internship provides a History or joint-History graduate student the opportunity to develop their digital, collaborative, and communication skills while serving as season producer and host of Reverb Effect, a history podcast that presents historical scholarship to wider public audiences.

This program is offered as a graduate student research assistantship (50% FTE) and is available as an alternative to a GSI assignment for students who have reached candidacy. The internship was established by a generous gift from Catherine and Gary Andrejak, commemorating Catherine’s father and former History faculty member Gerald Saxon Brown (1911-1999). 

Application Process: The call for applications takes place in December (by the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies) for a September-May internship. Contact eisenberginstitute@umich.edu for more details.


The Rackham Doctoral Intern Fellowship Program allows doctoral candidates to pursue a fully supported internship as part of their graduate training in the fall, winter, and spring/summer terms. Internships offer students a mentored experience in non-academic settings that is tailored to meet the needs of partner organizations. Partners include the William L. Clements Library, ProQuest, Michigan Humanities, and many others. Students may work with Rackham to arrange opportunies at other organizations. 

This initiative provides a crucial experiential learning opportunity for students, while demonstrating the value of their advanced abilities and knowledge to employers in a wide array of fields. Students can learn more in the Rackham Internship Guide for Doctoral Students.