American Studies at Miami University
Internships and Honors
After solidifying my majors, it was time to get some real world experience. In my mind, there was just one way to do this: internships.
- Christina Kazanjian [CAS website], journalism & American studies
The American Studies Program is affiliated with a number of local, regional, and national institutions that offer opportunities for internships including:
- McGuffey Museum
- Oxford Museum Association
- Butler County Historical Society
- Cincinnati Museum Center
- National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
- Legacy Research Institute
- Smithsonian Institution
- Colonial Williamsburg
... among many others.
Students may sign up for an internship (AMS 340) with a local or regional institution during the academic semester of their choice, or they can participate in national internship programs located around the country for credit during the summer sessions.
Internships require 50 hours of work at the organization per credit hour; a 3 credit hour internship requires 150 hours of work at the organization.
Students work with a faculty mentor to determine how they will document their internship work. Generally students produce a final report or an internship journal.
Should you wish to use internship credits to fulfill hours in your area of concentration, you must demonstrate the connection between the internship project and your area of concentration and secure the approval of your faculty advisor.
If you are interested in internship opportunities, please contact the Director of American Studies (must be approved by the Director of American Studies in advance).
Students with a 3.5 GPA in the major may undertake a research project in consultation with an American Studies advisor to receive departmental honors. Students sign up for AMS 480 and work one-on-one with an advisor to develop and present independent research related to a topic of their choice. AMS 480 can be used to satisfy concentration hours.
If you are interested in internship opportunities, please contact the Director of American Studies.