History Internships & Student Resources
History majors have numerous opportunities for hands-on or field experience, options for national and international scholarships and fellowships, or to pursue departmental honors through a research thesis.
We encourage majors in Lebanon Valley College’s History Program to complete an internship as part of their undergraduate experience. Internships offer students the opportunity to work in a professional setting, guided by practitioners in the field with academic supervision by the college. Students in the Law & Society program are required to fulfill at least one three-credit internship.
- Help students identify career goals and formulate plans for graduate study
- Provide job experience in a professional setting
- Offer contacts (often invaluable for post-graduate job search or graduate school applications).
If you are interested in setting up an internship for credit, you must enroll in GLB 400, HIS 400, LAW 400, or POL 400, depending on your major or minor. Please contact Dr. Philip Benesch (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Internship Agreement Form
The Office of the Registrar plays a critical role in the process as well. Be sure to obtain, complete, and return the Internship Agreement Form if you expect to receive credit for your internship experience.
Examples of Internships and Info
Scholarships and Fellowships
We encourage our students to consider applying for one or more exciting national and international scholarship and fellowship opportunities, such as the Fulbright, the Udall, and the Truman Awards. A current list of awards, including a brief description of the program, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines, is available through The Breen Center for Career and Professional Development.
Interested students should contact Dr. Philip Benesch, Associate Professor of Political Science and the College’s Faculty Director for External Scholarships and Fellowships, at email@example.com.
Majors in Applied History, History, Global Studies, or Political Science may apply for departmental honors. Students write an honors thesis on a subject of their choosing, under the guidance of an honors committee made up of three faculty members.
The student is required to defend his or her thesis publicly, at which time the committee determines whether the project is worthy of honors. If successful, the student’s diploma will state that he or she received departmental honors, and this also will be listed in the graduation program.
Students who are interested in pursuing honors should contact a professor in their discipline to discuss their proposed project. This is a two-semester commitment, and the expectations and demands of an honors thesis are much higher than a regular class paper.
We strongly recommend that students complete their thesis and defend it during the semester prior to the semester they plan to graduate. That allows time for the student to make minor revisions after the defense, which is a common requirement. This will be particularly important for Global Studies or Political Science majors who are using honors to meet a requirement for graduation. Moreover, the final semester is typically particularly busy, and we believe that students are likely to be able to devote more time to the thesis in the previous semester.