Internships & Career Opportunities

The history department at SUNY Potsdam offered me a life changing experience with the ULA program. The program made me feel at home with the staff and other history students while providing me with a hands-on internship that is applicable to real-world work.

-Tyler Fox, History Major Class of 2012

Internships

Undergraduates at SUNY Potsdam are encouraged to gain supplementary experience in their chosen field by doing on-campus and off-campus internships. Contact the Experiential Education Office at (315) 267-2803. 

Our history students have interned at:

  • Almonzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder Farm, Malone, NY
  • Essex County Historical Society, Elizabethtown, NY
  • F. W. Crumb Library, Potsdam, NY
  • Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse, NY

What can I do with a history major?

One modern historian answered this hoary question in the following way. See Catherine Lavender's "What can I do with a History Major?"

For a taste of opportunities in various fields of history, see the American Historical Association's guide to careers.

Information about skills expected of job candidates in public history is covered in Philip M. Kutz, "Public History Employers--What Do They Want?"

Opportunities in the Field

About half of the department’s majors also seek certification as teachers, primarily in secondary education. The remainder seek, and receive, a broad liberal arts education that prepares them for a variety of careers. Some SUNY Potsdam history alumni enter the workforce immediately after completing their degree or education. They work in a wide variety of jobs in corporations and government agencies. Others pursue professional graduate education in fields in the discipline, completing graduate school in history. Several who have earned advanced degrees in history work in museums or historical sites, preserving the artifacts of the past and presenting them to the public. Others teach in colleges and universities.