Unpaid undergraduate internships are available, on a selected basis, through registration in History 490: Independent Study. Students selected for these programs register for 2 to 4 units (with an expectation of four hours of internship work per week per unit of registration). At least 75% of the internship time should be spent working at the internship site, with the remainder devoted to keeping a journal to be assessed by Department faculty. For more information, contact Professor Lon Kurashige.
Occasionally the Department receives requests from organizations seeking paid student employment (not Work-Study). Recent opportunities have included:
Roberta Persinger Foulke Fellowships Established by USC Alumna Roberta Persinger Foulke (BA/MA History 1936), the fellowship will provide assistance for students who demonstrate the ability or desire to further the interests of women in the field of history or historical studies. There are 2 award categories: Merit Awards will be given to an undergraduate student or students who demonstrate academic excellence and the ability or desire to further the interests of women in the field of history of in historical studies. The support can be used for tuition; Research and Travel Awards will be given to an undergraduate student or students with the best proposals to use for scholarly research, travel, or other departmental approved programs. Funds will be applied to travel expenses, conference fees, research materials, etc. and can be used in summer months. For more information contact Professor Lon Kurashige at firstname.lastname@example.org early in the spring semester.
McNair Scholars Program. This program, which includes summer support, is a federally funded program to assist USC undergraduates who are either low income AND first generation college students OR a member of a group that is underrepresented to attend graduate school in liberal arts and sciences. Only open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program fellowships are awarded to USC undergraduates who wish to pursue an academic career and have a demonstrated commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented populations. For application requirements and supported fields of study see the web site: www.usc.edu/student-affairs/MMUF.
The Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program is a competitive summer scholarship program in American history for outstanding college sophomores and juniors. The program, based in New York City, has been designed to both reward undergraduates who have demonstrated superb research and writing skills in the field of American history and to provide an opportunity for the next generation of historians to engage in discussions with eminent scholars and in primary-source research.
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation seeks applicants committed to a career in teaching American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary level. Fellows may attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States for either a Master of Arts (MA); a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT); or a Master of Education (MEd) with an emphasis on American history, government, or political science.
There are a number of post-baccalaureate overseas Fellowships (one year or longer) that History Students may wish to consider. They include Fulbright Study Grants (to scores of countries throughout the world), Rhodes Scholarships to Oxford University, Marshall Scholarships to any British university, Mitchell Fellowships for study in Ireland, Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellowships to over 140 countries in the world, and many more.