Careers and Internships for History

History Jobs

The skills that history majors hone are sought after by a variety of employers. Many of our graduates pursue teacher certification programs for secondary education, or go on to pursue careers in research, communications, information management, law, social services, government, and business.

Potential careers for trained historians are as exciting as they are varied. A list of occupations currently held by Penn State Behrend’s history alumni include:

Historians as Educators

Assistant Professor of History, Penn State Greater Allegheny

Admissions Counselor, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Assistant Principal, Shenandoah County Public Schools

Social Studies Teacher-Secondary Ed., Shaler Area School District

Historians in Public History

Executive Director, DuPage County Historical Museum

Museum Educator II, Drake Well Museum (PHMC)

Interpretive Manager, Delaware State Parks

Historians as Information Managers

Electronic Records Archivist, SC Dept. of Archives and History

Dir. of Library & Research Serv., Duane Morris, LLP

Historians in the Military

Intelligence Officer, U. S. Army

Budget Analyst, Department of the Navy


Historians in Government

Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Field Representative, U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr.

Superintendent, National Park Service

Historians as Advocates

Attorney, Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian

Caseworker, Erie County

Historians in Business

Director of Development, Emergy Care

Commercial Underwriter, III Erie Insurance Group

Owner, Pattys Place, Pittsburgh Antique Mall

Owner, Lancaster Custom Construction, Inc.

Others go on to law school or graduate school, completing  M.A. and Ph.D . programs in history, anthropology, political science and museum management. Graduate and professional schools recently attended by Penn State Behrend’s history program alumni include the University of Delaware, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin, Ohio State University, Marquette University, Michigan State University, Duquesne University, West Virginia University, SUNY Buffalo, University College London, and Scotland's University of Edinburgh.

Learn more about career opportunities for history majors on the American Historical Association website.

Student Internships

Penn State Behrend strongly encourages students to complete at least one internship. Internships offer useful, real-life work experience and an opportunity to "try out" careers in public history fields such as records management, historical preservation, historical writing, and museum work. Internships provide students with the chance to make professional contacts and build their resume. A number of students have found jobs at the institution in which they interned.

A wide variety of institutions have offered internship opportunities to Behrend students in recent years: Behrend College Archives, Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, VA), Drake's Well Museum (Titusville, PA), Erie County Historical Society and Museums (Erie, PA), Erie Maritime Museum (Erie, PA), Erie Insurance Corporate Archives (Erie, PA), Harborcreek Historical Society (Harborcreek, PA), John Heinz History Center (Pittsburgh, PA), Meadowcroft Historical Museum and Village (Avella, PA), Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), U.S. State Department (Washington, D.C.), and the Warren County Historical Society (Warren, PA).

An internship coordinator in the Academic and Career Planning Center is available to help students find a placement that fits their needs and interests, and the History program chair maintains a list of history-related internships.

Career Planning

The Academic and Career Planning Center (ACPC) assists students with career and life planning. You may schedule appointments with the ACPC staff to discuss career interests, skills, values, and goal setting, as well as how to find career information, internships, full-time jobs, and graduate schools. Students are encouraged to utilize the services of the ACPC.