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Careers in History

For links to specific job opportunities, see the following:

Jobs in Public History:

  • National Council on Public History (NCPH) at: http://www.ncph.org/
  • Society for History in the Federal Government at: http://www.shfg.org/
  • Jobs in state and local government at: http://www.statejobs.com/
  • See also, Great Jobs for History Majors, by Julie Degalan and Stephen E. Lambert (McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books, 2001).

Professional Resources

Websites for Internship and Job Searchers

  • H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences:

http://www.h-net.org Use this site to find internships, jobs, teaching workshops and conferences. You can also use H-Net listservs to network with others in your area of interest. Subscribe tothree H-Net listservs: H-Public (public history news and conferences), H-Museum (international museum news, jobs, internships and conferences) and H-DC (great sources for folks interested in doing history in the District of Columbia.)

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com/jobs/ The Chronicle of Higher Education lists jobs nationally. Follow either the “Positions outside academe” or “Faculty Positions” links for professional history positions.

  • The Organization of American Historians

http://www.oah.org/announce/jobs.html The Organization of American Historians lists jobs nationally. Most listings will be for college-level teaching positions but there are also frequently public history positions.

  • USA Jobs

http://www.usajobs.gov/ Lists all federal government jobs nationally, including seasonal, temporary, and part-time positions. Vary your search terms in order to see the most positions in which you might be interested.

  • Smithsonian Institution

http://www.si.edu/ohr/Smithsonian Institution Career Center. Job listings at all the Smithsonian facilities. These jobs also appear on USAJobs, but this site is worth monitoring.

http://museumstudies.si.edu Smithsonain Center for Museum Studes. Resources, training classes and fellowships in museum studies.

  • American Association for State and Local History

http://www.aaslh.org/jobsonline.htm Lists jobs and internships nationally and allows you to search by job type. These advertisements from the newsletter of the American Association for State and Local History change on a monthly basis.

  • National Council for Public History

http://ncph.org/ The National Council for Public History lists jobs and internships nationally. Click on either “Employment” or “Awards, Grants, and Fellowships.”

  • The Museum Employment Resource

http://www.museum-employment.com/The Museum Employment Resource Center lists jobs and internships nationally and allows you to search by job type and field. You can also post your resume.

  • The Society for History in the Federal Government

http://www.shfg.org/ The Society for History in the Federal Government occasionally posts federal historical jobs and fellowships.

  • American Cultural Resources Association

http://acra-crm.org/ American Cultural Resources Association lists jobs for archaeologists.

  • The National Center for Preservation Training

http://www.ncptt.nps.gov/pttinfo_about_fs.stmThe National Center for Preservation Training and Technology lists jobs and internships nationally. Click on “Job Openings” and specify your search terms, or leave all the search fields blank to see all listings.

  • The American Association of Museums

http://www.aam-us.org The American Association of Museums offers advice on working in the museum field and on how to find jobs and internships at museums. Click on "Careers and JobHQ" under the Resources tab to look at current job openings.

  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

http://www.ushmm.org/museum The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum lists jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. The Museum offers a regular internship program in a number of fields.

  • National Park Service

http://www.cr.nps.gov/crdi/publications/pubs.htm Historians who work for the NPS are in the Department of Cultural Resources. NPS jobs are advertised on USAJobs and internships are offered throug individual parks. However, the NPS publishes CRM: Journal of Cultural Resource Management online and it is a very useuful source for what's going on in this growing field. This link lists a variety NPS publications.

http://www.nps.gov/aboutusworkwithus.htm The National Park Service lists information on full-time permanent, part-time seasonal, and student internships available nationwide at National Parks.

  • International Council of Museums

http://icom.museumThis site covers all the current conversations, publications, and jobs related to international cultural resources including museums.

  • International Council on Monuments and Sites

http://www.icomos.org An NGO that works for the preservation of international heritage sites.

  • Society of Amerian Archivists

http://www.archivists.org/prof-education/index.asp Guide to programs in archival management and description of degree requirements for archivists.

  • Other

http://internjobs.com/do/where/jobtree/US Lists internships nationally and allows you to search by state. If the position announcement does not list a deadline, check the posting date to make sure it is current.

http://www.summerjobs.com/ Lists seasonal/temporary positions nationally and allows you to search by state.