Student Resources

Department Overview

All departmental majors are required to take the Department Overview in order to graduate. It is offered each year in the spring semester. The Overview process involves reading a book selected by department faculty and engaging in an oral examination with a faculty panel. The purpose of this exercise is to evaluate your ability to analyze the book's thesis and discuss it in an informed manner. Majors should register for Overview (either HIST 4620 or POLT 4620) along with other spring classes. You can take Overview for one credit or as a non-credit course. Once you have registered for the class, we will send you details on the chosen book.

The actual overview examinations will occur at the end of the Spring 1 semester (ie. toward the end of the first 8 weeks). In order to prepare for Overview, there will be at least 3 class meetings on Saturday mornings at the beginning of the Spring semester. When you sign up for the course, read the class description on the computer in order to find out about these preparation sessions. It is very important that you make every effort to attend these meetings.

In the class meetings we will discuss the overview procedure and format and provide some background information related to the book.

Internships and Field Work

 

 

-Partnering Institutions

Local organizations that may offer history-related internships:

St. Louis--

Missouri Historical Society
Mercantile Library (at UMSL)
National Archives
Museum of Westward Expansion (at the Arch/Old Courthouse)
Washington University Archives
MO Civil War Museum at Jefferson Barracks
Campbell House Museum
The Griot Museum of Black History
The National Blues Museum (still in planning stages)
Missouri Humanities Council

 

Springfield, IL--

Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Old State Capitol
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site


--Time-Sensitive Internship Opportunities

Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum in Forest Park is accepting applications for paid internships in our Community Education and Events department. K-12 Educational Interpreter Interns will facilitate school tours and classroom activities for K-12 school groups who visit the Museum. The internship period is from January 21 – May 10. Interns work three shifts each week, M-F, 8-11:30am and/or 11-2:30pm, in addition to attending required training sessions on Mondays, 3-5pm. More information.

Jefferson City Internships 

Every spring semester, the History/Politics/IR department offers full-time internship at the Missouri General Assembly in Jefferson City, MO. A student will be placed with a member of the Missouri House of Representatives or with a legislative office and work at the State Capitol during the legislative session (from early January through mid-May.) 

Students successfully completing the internship earn fifteen (15) credit hours. 
Contact Professor Gwyneth Williams, 314-968-7069, williagi@webster.edu for more information.

Current opportunities:

Friends of the Children's Eternal Rainforest

The Friends of the Children's Eternal Rainforest (friendsoftherainforest.org) is seeking qualified graduate or undergraduate students with interests in social media, education, conservation, and/or environmental issues to work in the St. Louis office of the FCER. Read more about the FCER's three social media positions and its administrative assistant for development position.

International Institute of St. Louis

Jobs Volunteer 

Assist refugee clients in their search for independence in America by preparing them for the workforce. Work one-on-one with individuals seeking employment and help complete job applications, resumes, and conduct mock interviews. Volunteers are needed to complete a minimum of 5 hours per week during business hours. Training provided by staff. 

Required Qualifications: Good communication and interpersonal skills; previous work with non-native English speakers; resume, application, and interview experience. Volunteer interview, background check, and orientation required.


Jobs Intern

Assist refugee clients in their search for independence in America by preparing them for the workforce. Work one-on-one with individuals seeking employment and help complete job applications, resumes, and conduct mock interviews. Interns will also be assigned several ongoing projects during their period of service. Need to complete a minimum of 15 hours per week during business hours. Training provided by staff. 

Required Qualifications: Good communication and interpersonal skills; previous work with non-native English speakers; resume, application, and interview experience. Volunteer interview, background check, and orientation required. 

More information on both opportunities can be found on the International Institute's website (www.iistl.org)





Research, Writing and Community Outreach regarding Genocide and Threats of Genocide Worldwide, The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center, St. Louis

In partnership with Webster University, the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center in St. Louis is creating a permanent exhibit that addresses genocide and the threat of genocide worldwide. The centerpiece of the new space is a smartboard that will be regularly updated with information about current crises. Student interns are needed to research and write summary material on conflict situations and to assist in adapting this material into exhibit labels and school lesson plans. Interns may also assist with tours and the training of tour guides to handle this material. 

If interested, please contact Professor Warren Rosenblum at wrosenbl@webster.edu or 
314 968-7066. 

 

Communications Intern/MIssouri Humanities Council

An intern is needed to prepare media kits for distribution to board members and other MHC stakeholders; prepare press releases; develop or assist with the development of a social media plan and improve and develop social media channels.  It would also be helpful to for an intern to have an interest in developing advertisements according to guidelines available in the Advertisement Plan.

An ideal intern:

  • Is seeking a degree in marketing, advertising, or communication
  • Is comfortable using social media
  • Is interested in using WordPress to provide content to the website
  • Is familiar with inDesign or other graphics tool
  • Is available to do work remotely
  • Is comfortable working independently and offering ideas freely

MHC will provide regular guidance, support, and feedback.  MHC has a public relations plan which will provide the basis for MHC product advertising plans.

Contact: Dr. William S. Belko, Executive Director, Missouri Humanities Council, sbelko@mohumanities.org

 

READ from the START Intern                                                                                                                              

Intern is needed to help expand READ from the START (RFTS) programs. Duties include, but are not limited to, researching and contacting new sites that could benefit from the program, preparing mass email blasts and mass mailings, helping with research and development. Other tasks could include finding similar organizations and comparing methodologies, improving data collection methods, and data entry.

An ideal intern:

  • Is pursuing a Bachelors Degree or equivalent education and is interested in early childhood education, early child psychology, non-profit business, etc.
  • Has excellent research capabilities with experience gathering information online.
  • Has the ability to communicate at all levels with internal/external partners by phone, email, and/or on social media.
  • Is proficient in Microsoft Office 2007 (especially in organizing and creating spreadsheets in Excel).
  • Is dynamic, shows initiative, comfortable working independently and offering ideas freely, and works well with staff and the community.

READ from the START is a free reading program that teaches parents and caregivers the joy and benefits of reading to children from birth to five years old. Local groups sponsor READ from the START in areas throughout Missouri. The sessions are facilitated through certified Discussion Leaders and caregivers who attend RFTS take home new children’s books. The Family Program Director will provide regular guidance, support, and feedback. 

Contact: Dr. William S. Belko, Executive Director, Missouri Humanities Council, sbelko@mohumanities.org

 

History Internship

The Missouri Humanities Council is looking for hardworking and dedicated history students to assist the MHC staff with various programs and projects, some of which are long-term while others are temporary. 

First, students will have the opportunity to assist the MHC staff as we implement our new heritage tourism initiative, the foundation of which is a statewide survey of the heritage resources of each county and the compilation of a comprehensive inventory of these resources.  Much of this research can be accomplished on campus, but if a student can reside in St. Louis area, then they can also accompany staff members as they travel to each county collecting information and building partnerships.  The MHC will cover all travel costs.

 Second, students will assist MHC staff in creating various exhibits, publications, and media productions.  Examples include: (1) our new project on the sesquicentennial of Reconstruction (1863-1877), entitled Reconstructing Missouri: The Success and Failure of Civil War, which is a partnership with the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Missouri History Museum; (2) the 70th anniversary of the presidency of Harry Truman and the various contributions of his administration; (3) "This Week in Missouri Heritage" link for our website; (4) a potential weekly public radio and television series entitled "Heritage MOments"; (4) the Bicentennial of Missouri Statehood, another collaboration with the State Historical Society  of Missouri and the Missouri History Museum, which entails a publication series entitled Stories of Statehood and the planning of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute grant; (5) our new Ferguson initiative, "Just Listening," a partnership with the University of Missouri -- St. Louis.

The MHC is looking for students who are dynamic, show initiative, demonstrate good communication skills, and work well with staff and the community.  There is no limit to the number of interns from your department, and hours can be adjusted to meet the nature of the internship.  

Contact: Dr. William S. Belko, Executive Director, Missouri Humanities Council, sbelko@mohumanities.org

 

Political Internship

Volunteers needed for the Beth Braznell for 15th Ward Alderman campaign.  Sign up to volunteer today by calling Rob Frosch at 636-284-6522 or email robertfrosch91@gmail.com.

 


Interns may arrange for academic credit through the History, Politics, & International Relations Department or – potentially – other departments on campus.