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Internship OpportunitiesStudents must earn six credits in internships. The purpose of this requirement is to expand educational opportunities by giving students practical experience in one or more fields of public history. Students work 150 hours to earn three credits. They usually do two internships (earning three credits each) at two different institutions, but they may earn all six credits at the same institution. Internships can be performed at any institution in the world. Because arrangements for field work can take some time to complete, students should begin planning internships with the Public History Coordinator at least one semester before they plan to begin work.
Procedures for arranging internships are quite simple. Once a student has decided where she/he would like to do an internship, UW-Milwaukee will establish a "Master Agreement" with the host institution if one has not already been concluded. This agreement of affiliation establishes a general contractual relationship between the two institutions. (Note: all Milwaukee County agencies are already covered under a single affiliation agreement.) The Public History Coordinator will initiate the Master Agreement for the student. He also will help the student negotiate a "Program Memorandum" (Word, PDF 20k) with the host institution that describes the responsibilites of the Public History Program, the host institution, and the student intern during the period of internship. The Memorandum must be approved and signed by the student, a representative of the host institution, the Public History Coordinator, and the Dean of the College of Letters and Science. For more information about the contractual relationship, see UWM's Risk Management Program.
At the conclusion of the internship, the intern's supervisor will submit a brief written evaluation of the student's performance, including a suggested final grade. This report will be placed in the student's file; its contents may be referred to in letters of reference to prospective employers. Students must submit a final report of approximately ten pages in which they summarize and evaluate her/his internship. The student's final grade is based upon the host institution's evaluation of the student and the student's final report.
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