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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.
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.
The federal government is one of the largest employers of historians in the country. USAJobs.gov is the clearinghouse for all federal positions. Use the search term "historian" to search for positions.
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.
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.