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)

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. 

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