What can you do with a degree in History?
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Here at UNI, there are a number of resources available to students to guide them in their search for internships and employment after graduation. Career Services provides students guidance on building their resume through volunteer opportunities. The office also provides students a listing of Resources for History and students can contact Isabela Varela at Isabela.Varela@uni.edu for a consultation on developing application materials. The university also offers support for student community engagement through the Koob Fund.
UNI History graduates are successful in a variety of areas, from education to law, government agencies, journalism and publishing, and archives, museums, and historic sites, and they work across the United States, even Hawaii. The skills History students acquire are valued by employers in both the public and the private sectors, and the outlook for employment is high, both at the national level and at the state level in Iowa.
Where Our Thousands of UNI History Alumni Live and Work
The Department of History offers programming to support students learning to make their passion for history into a career. These recorded professional development sessions, one with UNI History alum and current junior high teacher Colby Grothoff and the other with Assistant Director of the Office of Career Services TJ Warren, offer great tips about how to make the most of your education and how to prepare for the internship and job markets.
Explore the opportunities in Public History
The UNI Office of Career Services offers personal appointments for assistance with resumes and interviews and includes a Job Board and regularly updated Find a Job Today page, with news and employment forecasts.
LinkedIn has become one of the most important professional networking sites for jobseekers. Sign up for an account and link to other UNI students and alumni as well as join the University of Northern Iowa Dept. of History Alumni group.
U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
For the latest information on what historians do in the workplace, job prospects, and pay, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The site has information on historians, history teachers, and archivists, curators, and museum workers.
Another valuable resource is careeronestop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. The site has information on careers in history and job postings. You can also use the Occupation Profile to get specific prospects for Iowa and other states.
For information on job prospects in Iowa, visit Projections Central State Occupational Projections. The page offers Long-term Projections (10 years) and Short-Term Projections (3 years), and is searchable by both state and occupations.
The federal government is one of the largest employers of historians in the country. Create a profile or login to your existing login.gov account to set up an account with USAJobs. i is the clearinghouse for all federal positions. Use the search term "historian" to search for positions.
Interfolio, a professional portfolio service, allows applicants for graduate school (those without online submission platforms) and professional positions to collect and compile the necessary components for their applications, including confidential letters of recommendation, and submit them via email or by regular mail as a single package. The service charges a small annual fee.
Interested in preparing for law school as a History student? Click here to learn more about UNI’s 3+3 partnerships with Drake University Law School and the University of Iowa College of Law.
In addition, there are a number of external resources for prospective public historians:
The American Historical Association put together a resource booklet, as well as providing links on their website. "Through clear graphs and informal prose, readers will find hard data, practical advice, and answers to common questions about the study of history and the value it affords to individuals, their workplaces, and their communities." Our department has a copy of the AHA booklet available to reference during your visit to UNI.
The Iowa Museum Association offers a number of local training, internship, and employment opportunities for students and professionals through their Career Center. The organization also hosts an annual conference.
The National Council on Public History provides national information on Public History programs and jobs. The organization is the field’s primary professional association and each year it hosts an annual conference.
The American Alliance of Museums provides national information on museum jobs. As the umbrella organization of the museum industry, this is a great place to gather information on the job market. The organization also hosts an annual meeting.
The National Association for Interpretation features career opportunities, annual meetings, and additional training programs for those who specialize in interpretive programs and community-based collaborations.