History 4860 syllabus

This course will allow students to apply the theories, principles, and methods of historical studies in a practical work environment. By participating in this course, each student will learn both conceptual and applied approaches to the study of history and will be better prepared for a variety of history career opportunities.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate acquisition of new technical skill associated with the particular project or projects undertaken during the internship
  • Students will demonstrate improved comprehension of the mission and operation of the internship agency and of the professional standards associated with that institution
  • Students will demonstrate ability to communicate, in a professional manner, knowledge and skills acquired during the internship.

Prerequisite: permission of faculty advisor and site supervisor. Fill out the appropriate form.

Students are responsible for securing their own internship, which may be paid or unpaid. They should discuss specific work responsibilities. Internships that are clerical in nature, for example those requiring interns to do typing, copying, or other routine paperwork, are not acceptable for credit.

Credits for the internship will be determined by the amount of work performed. For an internship of one credit, students must complete approximately 30-35 hours at the internship.  The faculty advisor and site supervisor will communicate to assess the student's on-site performance.

During the enrolled semester, students must regularly communicate with the faculty advisor  by email (kmackay@weber.edu), telephone (801 626 6782), or in person. The communication should address issues like work being performed, positive and negative aspects of the internship situation, and the status of projects or course work. Students must also arrange for the faculty advisor to have at least one on-site visit.

The faculty advisor or site supervisor may assign the student pertinent readings.

In addition to working at the internship, the student will be required to maintain a log and journal for each day worked. The student should 1) keep arecord of hours worked and projects accomplished, 2) write about experiences and observations of the organization’s activities, and 3) reflect on the purpose, mission, and function of the organization. Other journal topics could include decision-making practices, research techniques used, conflict management methods, management styles and techniques, financial management, supervisor-worker relations, formal structure, informal networks, interaction with Board of Directors, public relations practices, goals of the organization, and problems in the organization.

Students will develop a portfolio which contains materials documenting their work.


Final grades will be based on percentage of points earned (95% = A)

  • Intern's Job Performance (site supervisor evaluation) = 50 points
  • Portfolio = 40 points
  • Faculty Advisor evaluation = 10 points