Internships are an integral part of the Virginia Tech Public History Program. Since the program’s inception, we have established working partnerships with local museums and cultural institutions throughout the New River Valley and Southwestern Virginia.  Additionally, students are welcome to pursue internships in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere.  Internships can be arranged during the academic year or summer.

Students pursuing the graduate certificate will gain practical experience through our department’s various internship opportunities. They enable students to students to apply their interpretive skills to concrete projects in a public history institution and reflect on the responsibilities of a publicly engaged historian. See internship requirements.

In the past, our students have interned with

  • Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation
  • Virginia Tech Special Collections, Newman Library
  • Corps of Cadets Museum
  • Journal of East Tennessee History
  • Virginia Department of Historical Resources- Western Regional Office
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Art Center
  • Alexander Black House and Cultural Center
  • Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
  • G.E.R.M.A.N. Club Museum
  • Historic Williamsburg
  • Harrison Museum
  • Newseum
  • Mt. Vernon
  • Monticello
  • National Archives
  • Smithfield Plantation

We value the input of our students and public history faculty as we tailor the requirements for each internship.  Also, we provide our students with the counseling and resources necessary to obtain their ideal position.

Just starting your search for a public history internships? Check out:

  • Virginia Tech Career Services
  • The History Department Database (valid VT PID log-in required)
  • The National Council on Public History