History majors may take one of their eleven required courses in the form of an internship.
Internships are unpaid and cannot be used to fulfill one of the major's geographical distribution areas.
Interns work for up to ten hours per week at a history-related institution off campus, after which they write a report on their work (approx. 1000 words) and a research paper.
The research paper (approx. 3000 words) must be a work of original research based on documents or artifacts from the institution. It is usually written under the supervision of the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), or a faculty member in the History Department with expertise in the appropriate area. It is due on the last day of the semester in which the internship has been done.
It is the student's responsibility to find the internship, to explain its historical relevance to the DUS, and to explain the Emory regulations to the institution. The DUS will usually discuss details with the institution to make sure that all relevant parties are in agreement about the requirements. The DUS has discretion to decide whether the proposed internship is actually relevant to the study of history.
Students cannot receive history credit retrospectively for internships undertaken earlier.
In recent years history majors have interned at the following places:
- Atlanta History Center
- Carter Center
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Center
- Oakland Cemetery
- National Park Service
You are free to work with any other organization or business so long as the work makes a genuine contribution to your education in history.