Department Of History

Internships and Employment

Internships are a great opportunity for students to get an idea of the possible careers available to them. See what opportunities are available through the History Department and what former Xavier students have to say about their experiences!


Historic New Orleans Collection Internship

Xavier University's Department of History and the Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC) are please to announce a collaboration for internships at the collections storied French Quarter location. As the Collection's website notes, interns will "benefit from completing professional work assignments, taking advantage of educational opportunities, and immersing themselves in the day-to-day workings of a busy museum, research center, and publisher. The internship program is managed by the internship director, and interns are supervised, mentored, and coached by staff members who ensure that the interns have a solid professional and educational experience."

For more information, please see the HNOC's internship page or contact Dr. Elizabeth Manley at


Amistad Research Center Internships

Student interns work under the supervision of the Director of Processing in the arranging, preservation and description of archival records, papers and collections. In the Spring of 2009 the History Department saw the fulfillment of a long deferred dream of an agreement with the Amistad Research Center for an internship program for Xavier Students. Since that time, six Xavier history majors have completed internships at Amistad and, without exception, they have said their internship was among their most rewarding experiences as a Xavier student. Our first intern in 2009, Chianta Dorsey, was assigned to a manuscript processing project in which included the arrangement, preservation and description of the papers of Homer McEwen who was a minister in the United Church of Christ, member of the Board of Trustees of Dillard University, and played an active role in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the Civil Rights Movement. Chianta's internship experience led her to pursue a career as an archivist. Today she holds a dual master's in History and Library Information Science from Simmons College in Boston, MA and is Reference Archivist at the Amistad Research Center.

For more information, please contact Sr. Barbara Hughes at or see the Amistad Research Center's Website.

Chianta Dorsey, History Major, writes:

"I started my internship in Spring 2009 at the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University. I helped put together the collection of Homer C. McEwen, a pastor at the First Congregational Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. McEwen pastored at First Congregational between 1947-1979, so I found a lot of documents pertaining to the civil rights movement in Atlanta. There were also other documents and books in the center's library and archives that were at my disposal so I learned about other people besides Mr. McEwen.

Although I had the chance to work in other areas at the center, I found processing a collection to be the most interesting. A lot of detail, organization and work went into processing the collection and I wanted it to look as professionally done as possible for future scholars. The whole experience was very rewarding, and I not only learned a great deal about Homer McEwen but a lot about archival work and preservation as well. The staff at the center was very friendly and glad to answer the many questions I posed.

If you are interested in being an archivist or historian I would definitely suggest doing an internship at the Amistad Research Center because they have so much to offer in terms of opportunities."

We also support internships at the New Orleans Museum of Art and the World War II Museum, among others! For more information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Manley


For a list of possible jobs for history majors, check out the American Historical Association's advice.

American Historical Association: Careers for History Majors


"History has thrust something upon me from which I cannot turn away." - Martin Luther King Jr.



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