One of the most common experiential education options at Ball State is an internship.


  • result in academic credit
  • are professionally supervised
  • relate classroom learning and actual work
  • typically involve one-time work experiences
  • occasionally provide financial compensation
  • are approved, coordinated, and evaluated by students’ academic departments


Students and agencies both gain a lot by participating in the Department of History’s Public History Internship Program.

Internship programs represent an ideal partnership between the academic and professional public history communities. This partnership gives students an education that is both theoretical and practical while enabling them to gain paraprofessional experience through serving the needs of history agencies and organizations.

Students participating in an internship are able to confirm their choice of academic major and explore and refine their career objectives.

They also…

  • learn essential job-search skills that can help them in the future
  • gain valuable work experience that improves their prospects for employment after graduation
  • acquire greater independence, confidence, and maturity as they are challenged in the workplace
  • earn academic credit while becoming familiar with how history is practiced in a public, non-academic setting

Agencies who train history interns enjoy multiple benefits.

These organizations profit from their student’s…

  • fresh ideas
  • energy
  • enthusiasm
  • knowledge of the history discipline

Employers gain an enhanced awareness of state-of-the-art curriculum content and disciplinary trends.

They also develop working relationships with university faculty and enjoy access to their institutional resources as well as have proven job candidates with on-site training and work experience to consider for permanent employment when entry-level openings become available.

Examples of Internships

Ball State University Public History majors have served as interns throughout Indiana and the United States. Past Internships have included placements at:

  • Academy of Model Aeronautics National Model Aviation Museum Collections (Muncie, Indiana)
  • Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
  • Blue Jacket Outdoor Drama (Xenia, Ohio)
  • Bracken Library Archives and Special Collections (Ball State University)
  • Children's Museum of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Cincinnati Museum of Art (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • College Football Hall of Fame (South Bend, Indiana)
  • Conner Prairie (Fishers, Indiana)
  • Delaware County Historical Alliance/Moore-Youse Home Museum (Muncie, Indiana)
  • Denali National Park and Preserve (Talkeetna, Alaska)
  • Fogler Library Archives and Special Collections Department at the University of Maine (Orono, Maine)
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation (Oak Park, Illinois)
  • Historic New Harmony, Inc. (New Harmony, Indiana)
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources – Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Indiana State Museum (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • LaPorte County Historical Society Museum (LaPorte, Indiana)
  • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial (Lincoln City, Indiana)
  • Minnetrista Cultural Center (Muncie, Indiana)
  • Muncie Children's Museum (Muncie, Indiana)
  • New River Gorge National River – Canyon Rim Visitor Center (Lansing, West Virginia)
  • Northern Indiana Historical Society (South Bend, Indiana)
  • Porter County Museum of History (Valparaiso, Indiana)
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks Inc. (Racquette Lake, New York)

What Are Some Past Interns Doing Now?

...I took [the] public history course last spring semester. I graduated in July...[and at] the end of August, I was offered a well-paying job at a law firm in...a suburb of Chicago. Although I have no previous law experience, the firm felt that my history degree prepared me for this job...[The] public history course was difficult, but it also gave me a great deal of confidence in my abilities. 

—Tricia Roose

Public History Internships have led our students down diverse career paths.

Kristi Palmer

Kristi Palmer

Associate Dean
University Library – Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
Kristi Palmer went on the earn a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, where she is now Associate Dean of University Library.

Andrew Luce

Andrew Luce

Donor Relations Officer
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Andrew Luce is the Donor Relations Officer at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Courtney Jarrett

Courtney Jarrett

Associate Director in Administrations
Disability Services Office – Ball State University
Courtney Jarrett is the Associate Director in Administrations of Ball State’s Disability Services Office. She has also earned an EdD in Adult, Higher and Community Education from her undergraduate alma mater.

Michelle Haas

Michelle Haas

Michelle is a National Park Service Ranger and Chief of Operations at the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site and Acting Curator at Charles Pinckney and the Fort Sumter National Monument.