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The History Department has been working toward understanding what would be most helpful to prepare our Ph.D.’s for the varied career paths they will take.  One of our faculty members serves as Placement Officer, working with our soon-to-be Ph.D.’s in preparation for the academic job market with workshops on cover letters, identifying openings, and scheduling mock interviews and talks. We offer courses on pedagogy (HIST 702), on the Professional Lives of Historians (HIST 703), and on Public History (HIST 671). We have been involved with the American Historical Association’s project on Career Diversity, informing our students about a broader array of job prospects for History Ph.D.’s and providing them with necessary experience through internships, training in digital humanities, connections with Carolina Public Humanities, and opportunities through the Graduate School. Our department also has a Career Diversity Blog and Twitter feed, which are regularly updated by graduate student Larissa Stiglich.

Click here for a list of professional development resources related to the job search.

Summer Internships

Thanks to the generous donation of Mark Clein, four of our graduate students will have an opportunity to dedicate time during the summer to a service internship related to their academic field:

  • Joel Hebert will be working with the University of North Carolina Press in the acquisitions department.
  • Nurlan Kabdylkhak will assist with out-reach activities at the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies
  • Laurie Medford will be working at the Stagville Historic Site in Durham designing and creating content for an exhibit and website on the Cameron Family’s response to emancipation after the Civil War.
  • Emma Rothberg will be helping to make the resources of Wilson Library more user friendly by writing finding aids, blog posts, Library guides, and a small exhibit for display.

Historians in the Field

  • Kirsten Cooper is working as a digital intern for the U.S. Department of State’s VSFS program, analyzing Russian disinformation activities in Swiss Media.
  • Mary Elizabeth Walters is a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Lindsay Holman is the Director of the Ancient World Mapping Center at UNC-Chapel Hill