Active in the History Department of Kean University since 2003, the internship program (Hist 4991) aims to promote using history in the public sphere, beyond the academy.
Students in the program earn three credits for completing over 100 hours of an internship experience in a semester under the supervision of an experienced person in the field. Since 2003, more than 25 KU students in this program have served in all corners of the state: from an historical house in Morristown to the Drake House in Plainfield, from the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark to the Agricultural Museum in New Brunswick, Liberty Hall Museum, the Battleship New Jersey, and many others.
They have been involved in a wide variety of activities, all of which are some aspect of public history: from cataloging stoneware at Liberty Hall in Union to photographing abandoned and neglected historical markers in Union County; from doing a database for the Cannonball House in Union to helping to prepare an exhibit at the Dutch Reformed Church in East Brunswick; from working on a business archive in Cranford to sorting through files of Kean’s own archives on our campus.
Keeping a journal, writing a mid-semester report, and formally defending a final portfolio at a public presentation at the end of the semester is required of all students in the program.
Read the Internship Flyer for more details!
Interested students should contact Dr. Brid Nicholson - cnichols@Kean.edu