New Student Internships!
The department is using some of the funds from our generous donors to create a new History Internship Program (HIP), paid summer internships for history students. This past summer three of our students gained invaluable experience interning with the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco.
Working at the CHSA was both an exciting and rewarding experience. I carried out research for the Dialogues on War NEH grant and organized collected source materials to create a catalog. I learned not only how historical research is conducted in a professional setting, but how to use research to create programs for future museum events. I also learned how multiple academic organizations and individuals work together to plan museum events. I am very grateful that I got to work with all of the amazing people at the CHSA, as well as the opportunity to discover how my love of history can be applied in a professional capacity.
My time working as CHSA’s social media intern has not only granted me access to learning new practical skills in designing and spreading social media posts but also allowed me to research more about Bruce Lee and other major figures related to Chinatown’s community. In order to produce each post, I had to conduct research and, more importantly, condense the information down into a single short and accurate blurb for a general audience. Blurbs are best when paired with strong and compelling visuals. Ultimately, I was able to come away from CHSA with a stronger understanding and appreciation for how to collect and present historical knowledge to the public!
The CHSA internship was a great opportunity. I helped the organization with researching new locations for tours of San Francisco’s Chinatown, developing my skills in researching local topics within a quick time frame. I also worked in visitor services at their museum in San Francisco. This provided me with the unique opportunity to learn about the local Chinatown community firsthand. Working there allowed me to explore what can be done with my history degree. I learned about how a small museum functions, and all the work by a small group of dedicated people that goes into keeping it open. I made some strong connections in the museum field, which I am now very interested in pursuing after graduation.