Looking for hands-on experience while you earn your degree? Getting involved as an undergrad or graduate student improves your chances of getting into grad school or securing the perfect career. But where should you begin?
Consider checking out your program’s initiatives, institutions, and partners for networking opportunities. If you are a University of Central Florida student, you might just want to consider getting involved with the Public History Center.
Located in the beautiful historic downtown of Sanford, Florida, the student-museum-turned-laboratory provides real-world learning. Hear it straight from Dr. Rosalind Beiler, Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Public History Center:
- “There are any number of ways people get involved. A lot of students start out working on a class project there or as a GTA, but there are internship possibilities, volunteer possibilities, and occasionally we have employment opportunities… You can work in the archives, collections, help create exhibits, teach K-12 students, help create community programs, help with events, design curriculum, do historic preservation, working in the gardens – anything.”
So by now, you probably have a few questions about the Public History Center and how you can get involved. Here are a few we have encountered:
- I want to intern. What should I do next?
Check out the Department of History’s internship website and see what is available. Then, email Dr. Rosalind Beiler and set up an appointment. She will discuss your interests with you and see where you fit best!
- What kinds of internships are offered at the Public History Center?
Past internships have included Collections Management, Archival Administration, Exhibit Design, Museum Education, and Museum Interpretation. But if you aren’t interested in those, don’t let that stop you! Email Dr. Beiler to discuss the internship you are passionate about doing.
- I don’t need to do an internship and my class isn’t working on projects with the Public History Center. How can I get involved?
The best way is to volunteer! You will get the same hands-on experience you would with an internship, without the credit or written assignments.
- I am not a history student. Can I volunteer and/or do an internship?
Absolutely! Marketing, Architecture, and Engineering students have all learned at the Public History Center, and we would love to welcome you and your unique projects.
- Unfortunately, I cannot make it to Sanford on a regular basis. Can I still intern or volunteer?
While interns must physically spend 10-15 hours a week at the center, volunteers can certainly work off-site on a variety of projects. Contact the Public History Center to see what is available.
- Will I receive training from a professional staff team?
Absolutely. Our staff will supervise your projects and give you feedback, whether you are volunteer, interning, or completing a class project.
- What are intern’s experiences like?
Don’t take it from us, check out their blogs!
Have more questions? Email the Public History Center today! We look forward to hearing from you.