School of History

HST5900 – History Internship

Module code: HST5900

Credits: 30
Semester: YEAR

Module Convenor: Dr Claire Trennery

This QMUL Model module gives students the exciting opportunity to complete an internship placement with one of our local partners in the museum, public history, archival, or education sectors. Working alongside practitioners in the field, students will be introduced to the skills employed by professional historians, such as curating exhibitions, creating digital resources, cataloguing archival materials, or participating in public outreach. The internship allows students to put into practice, in a professional environment, the skills and knowledge gained through their degree studies. Internship placements are available with several local history organisations, although students cannot be guaranteed their first-choice placement. Internship placements are for eight hours a week over eleven weeks, plus an introductory meeting in the week before the placement starts. The introductory session (up to two hours) is held in week seven of semester one. Students complete five weeks of placement in weeks eight to twelve of semester one, and a further six weeks of placement in weeks one to six of semester two. Students are provided with support from the School of History throughout their placement. Scheduled seminars before and after the placement period introduce students to the roles and practices of professionals working in history-related fields, and enable students to reflect on the wider impact of historical research. Assessments are directly related to a student's individual internship experience. Students will complete a reflective log throughout their placement and, upon its completion, they will compose a blog/vlog post and a final report on the work they have completed. This module is only open to students within the School of History. Places on this module are limited and students are not guaranteed a place. Where applications exceed the number of places, these will be allocated on a random basis.

Assessment: Internship Application and CV (750 words and 1 page CV) [12.5%, Placement Log (3,000 words) [37.5%, Placement Attendance [25%], Blog Post (1,000 words) [12.5%] and Reflective Report (1,000 words) [12.5%]
Level: 5