Historians at Work: Building Professional Networks

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Historians at Work: Building Professional Networks is an ongoing internship project that encourages graduate students in the Department of History to explore alternative career routes with partner institutions. Support from the Simpson Center’s Next Generation Humanities PhD initiative funds an internship with the Society for History in the Federal Government, in Washington, DC, the professional organization for historians working for the federal government and the largest employer of history PhDs in the United States.

Since becoming a full-time federal employee is a complex and time-consuming endeavor, the society and UW History will partner on a new initiative to demystify the hiring process in several federal agencies and find better ways of making employment information available to graduate students. The UW History graduate intern will create an online module to help other humanities graduate students find and successfully apply for internships and jobs with the federal government. Historians at Work focuses on forging new opportunities for our campus community to blend rigorous academic training with experiential learning to prepare graduate students for multiple career tracks.

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Primary Contact

Purnima Dhavan (History)