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  • Locations: Washington D.C., United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Category: UGA Domestic Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students Classes With: U.S. Students, UGA Students
Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s) College/School: Franklin
Language Program: No Language of Instruction: English
Minimum number of credit hours: 6 Maximum number of credit hours: 6
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: Yes Housing Location: Off-Campus
Program Description:

Now accepting applications for Summer 2022!

History in DC
Summer Field Study Program in Public History in Washington, D.C.

Public History is the work that historians do outside of the university to bring history to a wider audience. This can take place in many different settings but includes work at historic sites, museums, archives, libraries, parks, and monuments.

Program Location

History in DC GroupWashington D.C.

Program Director and Course Leaders

Akela Reason
Akela Reason

Associate Professor, History Dept.
University of Georgia
Office: 239 LeConte

Academic Program

History Internship in DC Anyone can apply regardless of major. However, history majors in their junior and senior years may find the program especially relevant.

 Course Credit

 The History Department’s Public History program in Washington, DC consists of a two-course sequence (6 credits). Students must enroll   in both courses.
 During Maymester, students will take HIST 4026/6026, Public History in Washington DC, which provides an introduction to public history   in the nation’s capital.
 Whenever possible class meetings will be held at major cultural institutions in the city. During these site visits, students will have frequent   opportunities to meet professionals in the field to discuss the work of public historians. In the past, field trips have also included visits to George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon in Alexandria, VA and the Gettysburg Battlefield in PA.

The Internship

In the thru semester, students will enroll in HIST 4800/6800 and intern at a major cultural site in the Washington area, getting hands-on experience in public history.
Students in previous years have interned at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Postal Museum, the Archives of American Art, the Society of Cincinnati Library, Tudor Place, Woodrow Wilson House, and the Hillwood Estate.

Internship Requirements

Upon selection for the public history program, students will work with the program director to identify potential internship options that align with the goals of the program. Students must commit to applying to several internships throughout the spring semester.
Students will be expected to work at least 20 hours per week during the period of their internships.
Students will also submit a final written project relating to their work.
Applicants should understand that most internships are highly competitive and unpaid.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions some internships may be remote or require vaccination to participate. 
In the event that a student is unable to secure an internship, an alternative public history internship with the UGA History Dept. may be an option. 

Housing and Meals

Housing in DC During the program, students are required to reside in program housing on Capitol Hill.

 Dorm-style housing for the program is provided by WISH (Washington Intern Student Housing) at the Folger Apartments, conveniently located   near the Madison Building of the Library of Congress.

Program Cost & Available Funding Sources

History Internship in DC City
Students will pay UGA tuition and fees for the 6-credit summer program. In addition, there is a program fee of about $3800, which covers housing and field trip costs. Fees do not include meals and living expenses.

Student financial aid and scholarships may be used to pay for program costs. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to determine if financial assistance can be used.
Students are also eligible to apply for the Summer Program in Public History Scholarship as well as the Department of History Study Abroad Scholarship (history majors). Other funding opportunities are available through the Office of Experiential Learning.

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Program Itinerary

History Internship in DC Progr In the thru semester, students will reside in Washington D.C. and intern at a major cultural site in the Washington area, getting hands-on   experience in public history.

 Students will be expected to work at least 20 hours per week during the period of their internships.


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Program Reviews:
Summer 2019 Participant
This was a very useful program for networking in museum and public history environments. There are a lot of opportunities that I had initially thought for work and internships, so this was a great program that allowed for both networking and interning.

Summer 2019 Participant
The UGA Public History Program was fantastic! I met really amazing people all over DC and learned so much about public history museums. It was great being able to work in such a dynamic environment.

This program is currently not accepting applications.