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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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Next Generation History Internship

Fall 2017 — The Department of History invites applications for a graduate student internship working with the Society for History in the Federal Government in Washington, DC, in winter-spring 2018. The intern will work with the society’s Graduate Student Committee to develop and execute ideas and programs to generate more graduate student engagement and interaction with federal government history and humanities programs. Duties will include identifying agencies which have internships, particularly those that focus on graduate students, and compiling and publicizing information on internship programs. The intern will also provide assistance with planning the society’s annual conference. Finally, the intern will serve as a liaison with the society and the American Historical Association to identify additional means for disseminating information to graduate students.

The intern will work 20 hours per week, reporting hours and progress to a UW supervisor as well as mentor at the society. Travel to the annual conference is covered through funding provided by the Simpson Center and UW History.

Please submit all applications to Purnima Dhavan (Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Howard and Frances Keller Endowed Professor in History) through this Dropbox page by 5 pm, October 16, 2017. Applications should include a CV and cover letter that outlines how the applicant’s skills and career goals align with the internship.

For questions, contact Dhavan at


Primary Contact

Purnima Dhavan (History)