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Undergraduates at SUNY Potsdam are encouraged to obtain extra career related experience in their chosen field by doing off-campus internships. Contact the Experiential Education Office at (315) 267-2507 or visit their website to learn more. Examples of previous internships in which History students have participated include:

Our history students have interned at:

  • SUNY Potsdam History Department, Potsdam, NY
  • Akwesasne Cultural Museum, Hogansburg, NY
  • St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
  • Historian’s Office, DeKalb, NY
  • Potsdam Public Library, Potsdam, NY
  • Potsdam Public Museum, Potsdam, NY
  • Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
  • Oneida County Historical Society, Oneida, NY
  • National Archives, Washington, DC

What can I do with a history major?

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.

"The history department goes above and beyond for its students. Working as an undergraduate learning assistant for two years now, I have seen the way the professors in the department give their all to see their students excel. I feel privileged to have been able to be part of such an extraordinary department."

Brittany Fitzpatrick History Major Class of 2014