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About the Internship

Have your parents ever asked you what kind of job you are going to get with a degree in History?  Would you like hands-on experience with history while also earning class credit?  And are you interested in military history?  Do your interests in history include the Second World War, home fronts, air battles over the Pacific, occupation of defeated Germany, medical services on the battlefield, or clashes of infantry in European winter landscapes? Or the American Revolution and Civil War?  Would you like to learn more Tennessee history?


If so, then you may want to sign up for HIST 490!  The Center’s HIST 490 offers you an undergraduate internship that combines education and job training.  Interns learn how to do public history by engaging in activities that support the Center’s programming.  You can choose a conflict you are interested in studying that involved people in Tennessee between 1700 and our present day.  Interns then have the option to select a Public History Project that involves conducting interviews of local Tennessee veterans for an Oral History Project, or they can go to a local archive and conduct research to build a biography through an Archival History Project.  Interns will produce original, digital publications that will be showcased by the Center on its website for future academic and public research.  Your family and friends will be able to see your work.  And all of this experience will look great on your resume.


If you have questions, please email the Center Director, Dr. Magra, at


If you would like to apply for an internship at the Center, then applications are due each year by May 6.

Students need to be a History Major in order to apply. Submit the following materials by email to

  1. Your name along with a brief explanation of why you are applying for the internship and a transcript of classes and grades earned (this can be a screenshot of your transcript). 
  2. A very brief email recommendation from a UT History faculty.