American Studies students at OSU have the option of taking an internship related to the humanistic or social scientific study of American culture, politics, and society. Museums, humanities and arts organizations, non-profit organizations, and local, city and state government offices are good places to look for such opportunities. Students must assume responsibility for finding, applying for, and securing internships, but see the list of institutions below for current opportunities and those available on a recurring basis. Internships may be taken for 1-3 credit hours per term. Students are expected to work 5 hours a week for 1 credit hour, 10 hours a week for 2 credit hours, and 15 hours a week for three credit hours.
As soon as you have identified a viable internship possibility, contact Dr. Takacs <email@example.com> to set up an independent section of AMST 4990 Internship in American Studies. Students can receive degree credit for internship work only under this designation.
Specific Internship Opportunities:
Tulsa Public Defender's Office. The Tulsa Public Defender's Office is in need of several interns to act as liaisons between clients and various social service providers in the Tulsa area. It would be great experience for anyone intersted in a career in Law, Social Work, Criminology, Non-Profit Management or Social Justice. Contact Dr. Takacs if you are interested <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Oklahoma Oral History Research Program Intern. The OSU Library has an opening for an intern to work 10 hours per week for the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program (OOHRP) during the spring semester. Prospective interns will be asked to have some project in mind, which will contribute to their own education and to the OOHRP’s mission. The project will either involve conducting a series of oral histories or creating a database, finding aid, or other online tool that will help people access the OOHRP’s collections. MUST BE ENROLLED AT LEAST PART-TIME (6 HOURS UNDERGRADUATE/ 4 HOURS GRADUATE). To Apply: Fill out an application online. Submit a resume and a letter of interest addressing how your skills and background are applicable to the internship to email@example.com. For additional information about this job, please visit or contact the Dean's Office at 405-744-6322.
Henry Bellmon Leadership Program provides financial assistance for full-time Oklahoma State University undergraduates who will be completing government internships in Washington, D.C. or at a state or federal agency in Oklahoma for the Summer months. The application deadline is usually in April. Contact Andrea Skimbo in the Arts & Sciences Career Services office (213 LSE) for information (405-744-5658; firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Oklahoma House of Representatives. Since 2005 the House has hosted dozens of interns from 17 different institutions. Most of the students are seniors or juniors who were selected because of their outstanding ability. Applications are usually due at the end of December for the following Spring Semester. Information available at http://www.OKHouse.gov/Internship.
The White House Internship Program seeks qualified applicants every semester. The program provides "a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate taoday's young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public serve opportunities." Applications can be found online at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships
Udall Congressional Internships. Yearly awards for American Indian and Native Alaskan students interested in politics, government, and service to the tribes. Spend the summer in DC learning how the government works. Placements are arranged for students and award includes housing and an educational stipend. Applications usually due January 31. Applications can be found at: http://www.udall.gov/ourprograms/mkuscholarship/mkuscholarship.aspx
Anne Ray Internships. The School for Advanced Research, Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) offers two nine-month internships (September 1–May 31) to individuals who are recent college graduates, current graduate students, or junior museum professionals interested in furthering their professional museum experience and enhancing their intellectual capacity for contributing to the expanding field and discourse of museum studies. The internships include a stipend, housing, book allowance, travel to one professional conference, and reimbursable travel to and from SAR. One internship is open to an indigenous individual from the U.S. or Canada, and one internship is open to any U.S. or Canadian citizen meeting the application requirements. For more information visit the site: http://sarweb.org/?internships. Deadline: March 1
The Office of the Historian will participate in the Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program for the upcoming 2013-14 academic year. More information on the program is found here, http://www.state.gov/vsfs/. Applications Due: July 2-20, 2013.
The Tulsa Historical Societyfrequently seeks interns to assist with general archive maintenance, as well as upcoming projects. If you re intrested in public hisotry or archive management, this is an invaluable opportunity to gain real world experience. Contact the Historical Society (918-712-9484) to inquire about available opportunities.
The Oklahoma House of Representatives
Since 2005 the House has hosted dozens of interns from 17 different institutions. Most of the students are seniors or juniors who were selected because of their outstanding ability. Applications are usually due at the end of December for the following Spring Semester. Information available at <http://www.OKHouse.gov/Internship>.
Oklahoma Film + Music Office
2015 Summer Internship Program. OF+MO is particularly interested in candidates with experience or enthusiasm in film, music, photography, public relations or marketing for specialized projects. Priority will be given to applicants in their junior or senior year seeking course credit. Previous office experience and/or phone etiquette a plus. Submit a résumé and cover letter Jeanette.Stanton@TravelOK.com. In the subject line of your email, please put “OF+MO Intern Application – Your Name.” Deadline for submission is Wednesday, April 22 by the end of the business day.
Other Places to Look for Internship Opportunities:
- U.S. Department of State <www.state.gov/careers>
- White House Internships <www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships>
- Smithsonian Office of Fellowships & Internships <www.smithsonianofi.com>
- The National Endowment for the Arts <arts.gov/about/jobs/internships>
- The National Endowment for the Humanities <www.neh.gov/about/human-resources/neh-internship-program>
- The Fund for American Studies <www.dcinternships.org>
- The Society of American Archivists <www.aam-us.org>
- Idealist.org--Action without Borders <www.idealist.org>
- Association of Art Historians <www.aah.org>
- National Public Radio <www.npr.org/about-npr/181881227/internships-at-npr>
- Fund for Public Interest <www.fundforthepublicinterest.orgl>
- The Brookings Institute <www.brookings.edu/about/employment>
- The Heritage Foundation <www.heritage.org/about/internships-young-leaders/the-heritage-foundation-internship-program>
- Everett Public Service Internship Program <www.everettinternships.org>
- The Urban Institute <www.urban.org/about/careers>
Local & State Government Offices
- State of OK Internships <www.ok.gov/about/Media_Center/Press/2010_-_State_of_Oklahoma_Internship_Opportunities_Now_Available_Online_.html>
- OK Senate <www.oksenate.gov/about/page_intern_program.html>
- OK House of Representative <www.OKHouse.gov/Internship>
- Oklahoma Policy Institute -- Liberal Think Tank <okpolicy.org/who-we-are/jobs-internships>
- Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs -- Conservative Think Tank <www.ocpathink.org/internships.php>
- ACLU Oklahoma <acluok.org/2012/12/internship-opportunity-notice>
Oklahoma Museums and Public History Centers
- Tulsa Historical Society
- Woody Guthrie Center
- John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation
- Gilcrease Museum of the Americas
- Helmrich Center for American Research at Gilcrease
- Hardesty Arts Center
- Henry Zarrow Center for Arts and Education
- Philbrook Museum of Art
- The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art
- Tulsa Performing Arts Center
- Tulsa Arts and Humanities
- Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
- Greenwood Cultural Center
- Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve (Bartlesville)
- Price Tower Arts Center & Museum (Bartlesville)
- Will Rogers Memorial and Museum (Claremore)
- Museum of Pioneer History (Cheyenne)
- Oklahoma Territorial Museum (Guthrie)
- Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame & Museum (Muskogee)
- Route 66 Interpretive Center (Chandler)
- Oklahoma Heritage Museum (OKC)
- Oklahoma History Center (OKC)
- Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum (OKC)
- Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (OKC)
- Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKC)
- Small towns (Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Owasso, Jenks, etc.) have historical museums, as well.
Tribal Cultural Centers or Tribal Offices
- Cherokee Nation (Tahlequah, OK)
- Chickasaw Nation (Sulphur, OK)
- Creek Council House & Museum (Okmulgee, OK)
- Five Civilized Tribes Museum (Muskogee, OK)
- Osage Tribal House and Museum (Pawhuska, OK)
- Red Earth Museum and Festival (OKC)
Local & State Non-Profit Organizations
- Tulsa City-County Library System
- Oklahoma Humanities Council (Director Ann Thompson)
- Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council (Director Ken Busby)
- The YWCA
- Tulsa Community Foundation