Please see History's Awards & Scholarships for a list of the awards, prizes and scholarships offered to AU students through the History Department.
Student Historical Society
The Student Historical Society of AU (SHS) is an officially recognized student organization dedicated to promoting the study of history. We are devoted to education and advocacy, particularly in regards to student involvement with historic preservation and public history. Founded in Fall 2011, the organization has over 25 active members. See SHS for more information about eligibility, major activities, and how to join.
Zotero is free, web-based software that allows you to organize and use your research sources. It works with the Firefox web browser and can be integrate with Microsoft Word. The newest version of Zotero (2.0) allows users to access their resource library from any computer with an internet connection. Firefox can be downloaded for free at the American University technology page at myau.american.edu. To download Zotero and to access video tutorials and other useful information, see the Zotero homepage.
If you are an undergraduate student studying abroad through an American University program and would like to receive course equivalency for history credit, please do the following:
Email the History Department at
firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Study Abroad Equivalency" as the subject line, and include the following information:
- University Name/City of the abroad program;
Semester of study;
Number and title for each course;
Syllabus of course, if possible; and
Please indicate if you would like to receive History Major/Minor credit.
The History Department will assess and respond to your request. If approved, we will also notify the Study Abroad Office. If you would like us to notify your Study Abroad advisor, please include his or her contact information in the body of your e-mail.
- Careers for Students of History (American Historical Association)
- What Can I Do With a Degree in History? (Portland State University)
- Careers for History Majors (Stanford)
- Career Opportunities for History Majors (Allegheny College)
- Business and the Liberal Arts (The Liberal Arts Advantage)
For links to specific job opportunities, see the following:
- Jobs at archives (Society of American Archivists)
- Jobs in the federal government (Office of Personnel Management)
- Jobs at historical societies (American Association for State and Local History)
- Jobs for Living History Specialists (The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums)
- Jobs at Museums (The American Association of Museums, Aviso Employment ads)
Jobs in Public History:
H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences
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
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
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 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 Career Center. Job listings at all the Smithsonian facilities. These jobs also appear on USAJobs, but this site is worth monitoring.
Smithsonain Center for Museum Studies. Resources, training classes and fellowships in museum studies.
American Association for State and Local History
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
The National Council for Public History lists jobs and internships nationally. Click on either "Employment" or "Awards, Grants, and Fellowships."
The Museum Employment Resource
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
The Society for History in the Federal Government occasionally posts federal historical jobs and fellowships.
American Cultural Resources Association
American Cultural Resources Association lists jobs for archaeologists.
The National Center for Preservation Training
The 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 Alliance of Museums
The American Alliance 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
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
Historians who work for the NPS are in the Department of Cultural Resources. NPS jobs are advertised on USAJobs and internships are offered through 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.
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
This site covers all the current conversations, publications, and jobs related to international cultural resources including museums.
International Council on Monuments and Sites
An NGO that works for the preservation of international heritage sites.
Society of American Archivists
Guide to programs in archival management and description of degree requirements for archivists.
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.
Lists seasonal/temporary positions nationally and allows you to search by state.
Studying in Washington, DC offers graduate students matchless opportunities for library and archival research. The National Archives, Library of Congress, and other facilities in the Washington, DC area provide the richest base of archival sources and published works in the United States.
The links listed below are just the beginning of research opportunities accessible to history professionals, students, and the Public History:
- Folger Library
- Library of Congress Main Catalog
- National Library of Medicine
- Washington Research Library Consortium
- George Meany Center for Labor Studies / Memorial Archives
- Historical Society of Washington
- Library of Congress
- Martin Luther King Memorial Library Washingtonia Collection
- National Archives Main Page
- National Archives Research Room
- National Building Museum
- National Gallery of Art
- National Museum of American History
- National Park Service
- National Postal Museum
- National Security Archive
- Naval Historical Center
- Smithsonian Institution Main Page
- Thomas: United States Congress on the Internet
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- United States Senate Historical Office
- Woodrow Wilson Center Cold War International History Project