Graduate History Engagement: Four Career Diversity Models for Developing History Doctoral Internships

AHA Session 30
Thursday, January 5, 2017: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Mile High Ballroom 1A (Colorado Convention Center, Ballroom Level)
Jennifer McPherson, University of New Mexico
Michael S. Kideckel, Columbia University
Michelle Martin, University of New Mexico
Carrie Sanders, University of California, Los Angeles
Caroline Sequin, University of Chicago

Session Abstract

In 2014, the American Historical Association’s Career Diversity for Historians pilot programs, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, launched the first of many internship and experiential learning models to help broaden and support graduate student career opportunities. This panel brings together the four pilot programs—Columbia University, the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of Chicago, and the University of New Mexico—to discuss how each department has assisted graduate students in developing client and collaborative projects, building their historical and broader professional toolkit. Each university has implemented a combination of platforms to address the “Many Careers of Historians.” Four current and recent graduates will discuss their experiences and what they learned while participating in their program’s internship, fellowship, and/or professionalization course. The pilot programs and their representative strongly encourage audience participation and welcome comments and feedback on individual departmental efforts in relation to institutionalizing advanced doctoral internships in history graduate programs.
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