Financial Support for Internships

To help our majors explore new professional opportunities and apply the skills and perspectives of their liberal arts education, the Department is piloting a program offering financial support for summer internships. We encourage all students to apply, especially those with demonstrated financial need, and internships will be funded at various levels.

Experiential learning opportunities in businesses, not-for-profit institutions, politics, or government agencies are all eligible for support.  The position does not need to be in a traditionally “historical” field, but applications should connect the skills developed in coursework to the position, just as students will do in their future job applications.

In summer 2019 we funded six History majors and minors in government, non-profit, legal, and corporate entities. Click here to read more about specific student internships and experiences, or check out last year’s newsletter.  We expect to fund a similar number of students in summer 2020.

Application process:
The History Department is able to provide financial support for up to six Summer 2020 internships that are completed virtually or which do not include travel. Internships that include travel, such as relocation, are not eligible because of ongoing University travel restrictions. Many companies are continuing with internships in a virtual format, and some have used Handshake to post their positions. If you have questions about this policy, please get in touch with Dr. Mir Yarfitz (yarfitmh@wfu.edu) or Dr. Stephanie Koscak (koscakse@wfu.edu). 

Please complete an application and submit it to Dr. Yarfitz (yarfitmh@wfu.edu). Applications will be evaluated on a rolling deadline, although highest priority will be given to those received before Monday, May 4.