Student Opportunities


Prizes are awarded annually to history students in recognition of scholastic achievements, accomplishments and proficiency.


Honors projects provide an opportunity for students to integrate their education and focus it via a significant research and writing project, including a challenging oral defense.


The History Department has funding available to help defray expenses incurred by students for their research projects.

Jobs and Internships

The Twin Cities are a valuable resource, and students work in many local archives, including the Minnesota Historical Society, Immigration History Research Center, Social Welfare History Archives, YMCA National Archives, and Jewish Historical Archive.

Opportunity Updates

Calls for papers (C), internship openings (I), job opportunities (J), grad programs (G), fellowships (F), research/project opportunities (R), events (E), and study away programs (A); in reverse order, with the most recent notices at the top:

(I) 2/8/2016 Macalester Internship Office Postings
The Macalester Internship Office has recently shared these opportunities:
MassMoCA Internship
Summer 2016. Deadline March 7th See flier here.
Metropolitan Council Internship Program
Summer 2016. Deadline February 29 See more here
Leadership and the American Presidency Internship Program Summer 2016 Deadline June 1 See flier here.

(J) 2/3/2016 Job and/or Fellowship Opportunity With Environment America 
Right now, Environment America is looking for smart, talented candidates for their fellowship program or digital campaign team. These are full-time paid positions that start August 2016. Application deadline is March 1. To learn more about the positions and apply visit:

(G) 2/2/2016 New York University Graduate Program in European and Mediterranean Studies
NYU's Center for European and Mediterranean Studies is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year with degree options such as: M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies & Journalism, M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies & Library and Information Science, and M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies & an Advanced Certificate in Museum Studies.  See more here.

(E) 2/1/2016 Meet Alumni of the History Department at the Alumni Fair
3 graduates from the history department, Greg Erickson '81, Joelle Larson '02, and Chris Cloutier, will be attending the Alumni Fair happening on Thursday, February 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, at Kagin Ballroom. We encourage students from the history department to attend the fair and connect with these alumni, as they can provide valuable information about the possibilities that this major can offer. See flier here

(E) 2/1/2016 World Without Genocide Talk- The Law in Indian County: The FBI, Jurisdiction, and Cases of Sexual Violence
March 9, this program will examine the FBI’s jurisdiction and role in bringing perpetrators on Indian reservations to justice and the challenges facing Indian victims of sexual violence. See flier here.

(G) 1/27/2016 M.A. Degree Opportunity in Modern European Studies at Columbia University
Columbia's M.A. program in Modern European Studies is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. Modern European Studies offers unique opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of European history, politics, and society. The program can be completed in 12 months but part-time study is also possible. Deadline is February 15. See more here

(C) 1/25/2016 Call for Papers- The Journal of Undergraduate International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Journal seeks to publish the world's premier undergraduate work related to international themes and topics including, but not limited to: international conflict and conflict resolution, human rights, environmental issues, history, culture, comparative politics, economics, development and trade, global security, and international health. Submissions generally range in length from 5 to 20 pages and email it as an attachment to Deadline to submit is February 21. To view previous issues and submission guidelines, please visit:

(F) 1/23/2016 Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden Hearst Fellowship
The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden has announced two William Randolph Hearst Fellowships for Summer 2016. Deadline to apply is March 4, 2016. See more here.

(I) 1/23/2016 Macalester Internship Office Postings:
The Macalester Internship Office has recently shared these opportunities:
Shelburne Museum Education Program Intern: Summer 2016 June 13- August 12 See flier here.

(C) 1/19/2016 Call for Papers- West Point
, the West Point Undergraduate Historical Review, is accepting paper submissions by February 19 at  See posting here.

(I) 1/12/2016 Macalester Internship Office Postings
The Macalester Internship Office has recently shared these opportunities:
International Business Development Internship ­ Summer/Fall 2016. See the posting here.
Museum Studies Internship ­ Summer/Fall 2016. See the posting here.
New Sector Alliance Fellowship applications are due February 1, 2016. See the posting here.

(I) 12/11/2015 Summer 2016 Internships Bipartisan Policy Center The Macalester Internship Office has posted this internship with the Bipartisan Policy Center.

(E) 12/10/2015 MA degree in Documentary Film and History at Syracuse University
Syracuse University offers a fifteen-month “Documentary Film and History” program MA degree for History majors and minors.  The program is designed for students interested in making documentary films on historical themes, offering an opportunity to deepen their understanding of history while they acquire the practical skills of the filmmaker’s craft. In addition to taking courses on film production, screenwriting, and historical methods, students choose courses that allow them to deepen their knowledge of a specific field within history.  For more information on the program, visit:

(C) 12/07/2015 Chicago Journal of History Accepting Submissions
The Chicago Journal of History, an undergraduate historical review at the University of Chicago, is welcoming submissions for its Spring 2016 edition.  Papers selected for the Spring 2016 edition of the Journal will be published in March of 2016. Most successful submissions range from 15 to 25 pages, although  this does not represent so much a strict requirement as a suggestion to applicants. Please be sure to format citations in the Chicago style and include a works cited page. Papers should be submitted to as an MS Word or PDF attachment (document title: "Last name+paper title") by January 25th, 2016. For more information about the journal and to read previous issues, please visit

(R) 12/01/2015
East Side Freedom Library seeks student researchers for summer 2016
A historical research project will be conducted in the summer of 2016, exploring the history of ESFL's Carnegie Library building (on the National Historic Sites and the St. Paul Heritage Preservation lists) in anticipation of its centennial in 2017.  This research will include engaging secondary sources in the history of the Carnegie Steel Company and Andrew Carnegie, its labor practices, American philanthropy, and the places of libraries in American culture, as well as digging into local primary sources, such as newspapers, city government and public library system records, the papers of the architect, manuscript census of population and city directories, and the undertaking of oral history interviews with neighborhood residents.  This research will be conducted under the direction of ESFL co-executive director and Macalester History Professor Emeritus Peter Rachleff.  Interested students should contact Peter Rachleff, at

(G) 11/25/2015 University of Kansas Museum Studies Program
Museum studies is a multidisciplinary field that combines intellectual challenges with opportunities to bring the insights of scholars to diverse public audiences. The University of Kansas offers a museum studies master's degree program. To learn more see their flyer here.

(C) 11/24/2015 Call for Submissions to the Gateway History Journal
The Washington University in St. Louis’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta announces a call for submissions to the Gateway History Journal, an academic journal of global history that seeks undergraduate papers of the highest caliber. They are looking for papers of 10-30 pages of length on any topic, region, or time period. Submissions are due by 8 January 2016 and should be submitted to Please refer to this document for more information.  If you have any questions, contact Jacqueline Blickman at

(I) 11/23/2015 Two New Internship Opportunities Shared by Macalester CDC

(G) 11/23/2015 Free Minnesota Pre-Law Scholars Program Summer Course
The University of Minnesota hosts a free LSAT prep course called Minnesota Pre-Law Scholars Program (MPLS) each summer. Here are the course highlights:

  • 10 week course that meets twice a week in the evenings from end of May/beginning of June through August, taught by a Kaplan instructor, at the Minnesota Law campus in Minneapolis.
  • The course also includes helpful info sessions and the opportunity to meet with the Minnesota Law Admissions department, Career Services, and current students & alumni.
  • The course is free to participants but does require a $100 seat deposit (fully refundable if the participant successfully completes the course).
  • Interested students can apply for MPLS beginning January 1 and will find the details on the website here:

(I) 11/20/2015 World Without Genocide Internship
World Without Genocide, a nonprofit in Saint Paul, has an opening for a social media and graphic design intern. View The Position Description Here.

(F) 11/18/2015 Council for European Studies Calls for Applications:

  • The Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and includes a $25,000 stipend, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees. Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are intended to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage graduate students focusing on topics in European Studies in the humanities. Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 26, 2016For more information, click here.
  • The Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend, the opportunity to publish in Perspectives on Europe, a semi-annual journal of the Council for European Studies, and other professional development activities. CES Pre-Dissertation Fellowships fund two months’ travel to Europe to conduct the exploratory phase of a projected dissertation project in the social sciences or humanities which will require a subsequent stay in Europe. Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 16, 2016. For more information, click here 

(A) 11/17/2015 The GESI Application is Now Open
The Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) is a study abroad program offered by Northwestern University. GESI is open to undergraduate students from all majors. Participants intern alongside local experts to implement collaborative work in small interdisciplinary teams in Bolivia, Dominican Republic, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, or Uganda. All students receive academic training in theories and tools of community development, as well as team dynamics and leadership. Summer: June 13 - August 18, 2016 or Fall: September 11 - December 10, 2016. For more information about the program, visit the 

    (I) 11/16/2015 Metropolitan Council Urban Scholars Program
    The Metropolitan Council is looking for students to participate their Urban Scholars Program. The program is a 13-week PAID summer internship and leadership development program for low income, students with disabilities, and/or students of color. The program will provide college students with a distinctive professional experience focused on gaining essential leadership skills, and creating career pathways to positions of influence in public service.
    There will be a presentation / q&a session at Macalester Thursday, Nov. 19th at 4:45 pm, CC 215.
    Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on November 30.

    (C) 11/13/2015 Tufts Historical Review Seeking Student Papers 
    The Tufts Historical Review Editorial Board calls for submissions to their academic journal of global history that seeks to print papers of the highest caliber. The Board seeks articles – between 2,500 and 8,000 words – that explore the theme "Shadows" from a diverse array of perspectives.
    Submissions are due January 21, 2016 deadline has been extended to February 1, and should be submitted to Please refer to this document for more information.

    (J&I) 11/11/2015 Macalester Career Development Center Job & Internship Fair Info Sessions
    Employers are reviewing resumes now! Attend an info session to learn all your need to know about the Job & Internship Fair. Now is also a good time to register to attend the Fair.

    (R) 11/10/2015 Civic Engagement Center Project Funding:

    • The Davis Projects for Peace initiative allows students to spend the summer of 2016 carrying out a grass-roots project for peace, anywhere in the world. Receive $10,000 for your peace project. For information regarding the Projects for Peace application process, etc, see the Institute for Global Citizenship website. Applications are due 8am January 15, 2016.
    • Students are encouraged to apply for an Action Fund grant. Receive up to $1,000 to collaborate with community members on a project to fulfill unmet needs of Twin Cities’ communities.  Details and application information available on Civic Engagement Center website.

    (C) 11/10/2015 Call for Papers for Hemispheres
    Hemispheres, the Tufts Undergraduate Journal of International Affairs, one of the oldest undergraduate journals in the field, is now accepting submissions relating to this year’s theme of Emerging Actors. Submissions should be research articles, approximately 5000-8000 words, written by undergraduates in a broad range of fields relevant to international affairs. To view paper requirements and guidelines, please visit To submit a paper, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Submission Deadline: December 22, 2015.

    (I) 11/10/2015 The Global Internship Program, London, Los Angeles & New York
    City Internships runs immersive career training programs for college students and recent graduates. They’re designed to expand participants’ horizons and get them job-ready. For each program, on top of hard and soft skill building at weekly career seminars, workshops and networking events, participants undertake an internship placement at one of our partner companies. Students and graduates develop real-world skills, build their professional network and fast-track their career.
    Learn more about City Internships here

    (E) 11/08/2015 MOVEMENTS @ MAC
    The Department of Multicultural Life presents a Trenzas event: MOVEMENTS @ MAC
    Friday, November 13th at 7:00 PM, The Cultural House (37 Macalester Street) A gallery and discussion reflecting on the history and future of student activism at Macalester, featuring alumni interviews and Macalester  Archives artifacts. The gallery will look at protests and actions of solidarity that the Macalester community has organized, from the 1974 sit in protesting cuts in program funding for students of color, to the Mock Border Wall installed last fall. Light refreshments will be provided.

    (I) 11/06/2015 EAST SIDE FREEDOM LIBRARY Internships
    East Side Freedom Library is a newly organized educational and cultural institution which is repurposing the historic Carnegie library building formerly known as the Arlington Hills Public Library. ESFL’s mission is to collect Labor and Immigration History resources – books, visual art, music, and material objects, make them available to the community, and employ them in educational and cultural programs. These programs include lectures, discussions, workshops, classes, and performances. More information about ESFL can be found on the website, Contact Executive Director, Dr. Peter Rachleff; 651-774-8687, 651-230-3294,

    (J) 11/04/2015 OATI Career Opportunities
    OATI is an energy software solution provider located in NE Minneapolis. They are seeking entry-level candidates for all positions. They are looking for students across a wide variety of majors and interests.  For more details on career opportunities, see Available Positions at a glance: Administrative Assistant, Communication Specialists, Software Developers, Electrical Engineers, Customer Systems Analyst, Desktop Support Technician. Please email or call 763.201.2026 with questions.

    (J) 11/03/2015 Discover a Museum Career
    The American Association of Museums posts national and international museum jobs in: Curating, Education, Development, Exhibitions, Marketing and Communications and more.
    See Link: American Associate of Museums - Jobs and Career Resources

    (G) 10/30/2015  Graduate programs in History at Marquette University
    Marquette University offers graduate programs in History with M.A. and PhD degrees in early modern and modern European History and in United States history, as well as M.A. degrees in Medieval History and in Global Studies  Learn more about what they have to offer at their web site here.

    (J&I) 10/22/2015 Teaching/Education/Writing Jobs & Internships Bulletin from Macalester's Career Development Career
    Click on this link for a list of options provided by our CDC.

    (F) 10/22/2015 Master Teaching Fellows Program at Wake Forest
    Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina offers a one-year master's degree and teacher licensure program. The program has a merit-based scholarship package for  admitted students, with a resulting tuition of around $7,000 tuition for the entire program. Applications for the Master Teacher Fellows program are due on January 15, 2016. For more information about the program, see the web site at and/or e-mail Adam Friedman at

    (G) 10/21/2015 Masters Graduate Program at Minnesota State University Mankato
    To learn about the graduate programs offered at Minnesota State University Mankato, please see the letter linked here.

    (C) 10/19/2015: Call for Papers
    The editorial board of the Chicago Journal of History, an undergraduate publication for historical research at the University of Chicago, is accepting submissions for its Spring 2016 print and online edition until January 25th, 2015. Papers should be submitted to as an MS Word or PDF attachment (document title: "Last name+paper title") by January 25th, 2015. Inquiries and concerns can also be sent to this address. For more information about the journal and to read previous issues, visit

    (R) 10/21/2015: Macalester Community Public Art and Engagement Project
    “Here and There: Bicycles in Recognition of Refugee Resilience” Join the Macalester community on Thursday, October 29th, in a one-day public art and engagement project recognizing refugee journeys from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria to seek asylum in Europe. Cycling across borders allows refugees to avoid bans on pedestrian border crossings, and to avoid prohibitions against: the use of public transit, and motorists transporting people who do not have visas. These refugee journeys end with a pile of confiscated bikes at the borders. You can participate by bringing your bicycle and lock to build our own bike pile. Just drop your bike off at Old Main Lawn between 8am and 10am on Thursday, October 29th.  Bikes will be monitored by IGC Staff and Campus Security throughout the day. Please contact Pia Mingkwan at with any questions.

    (G) 10/09/2015: Master of Arts in Management
    The School of Business at Wake Forest University offers a 10-month Master of Arts in Management program.  Offering an on-campus information session on Wednesday, October 14th, Campus Center 204, 4:45-5:45 pm.


    Jemma Brown '11 won the Kathleen Rock Hauser Prize in Women's History.


    Peter Wright '11 interned as a breaking news reporter at The Oklahoman and for “Almanac” at Twin Cities Public Television