History faculty are especially eager to support students in discovering internships unique to their interests. Several offices at Cal State East Bay also offer wonderful assistance in locating and structuring internships, to ensure their professional and educational value to students. These are the Office of Internships, the Center for Community Engagement, and the Academic Advising & Career Education offices. Please visit these links to learn about career counselors and career and internship platforms available to Cal State East Bay History majors.

Faculty in the Department of History at Cal State East Bay work very hard to support History majors in preparing for their careers and graduate school. We do this in the following ways:

  • Encouraging students to discuss career goals with faculty early and often;
  • Planning and developing unique internship experiences for undergraduates;
  • Offering 1-unit career labs with senior professionals to help students connect their major degree work with career planning and research;
  • Supporting graduate program applications, especially in writing detailed letters of recommendation;
  • Reviewing cover letters and resumes;
  • Assisting in the creation of professional portfolios of student work;
  • Developing and researching opportunities with the Office of Internships, the Center for Community Engagement, and Academic Advising & Career Education at Cal State East Bay.

Because we are located in the Bay Area, a region rich with amazing cultural institutions and diverse and innovative workplaces, we are especially excited to support students in seeking out formal internships for course credit, that may be applied to the History major degree.

History majors have recently landed internships with the following companies, organizations, and offices:

  • Legal Department of a global biopharmaceutical company (Fall 2021)
  • District Office of an East Bay congressional representative (Fall 2021)
  • Oakland Unified School District (Fall 2021)
  • Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (ongoing)
  • Bay Area JusticeCorps (2021)
  • San Francisco History Center at the Main Library of the San Francisco Public Library (Spring 2022)

If you are interested in pursuing an internship, please fill out the Internship Interest Form at the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Professor Bridget Ford, at bridget.ford@csueastbay.edu, or to your faculty advisor, at least one semester prior to the term that you would like to complete the internship. It can take several months to identify a sponsor, develop a meaningful position description, and ensure appropriate coordination between the university and the workplace.

If you can identify an interest or workplace that you would love to connect with via an internship, we can help do the advance work to set these up! Our history faculty are always excited to help students build internship opportunities, and to learn about the great value internships have for students in learning about career pathways and the specific steps needed to join a field or a workplace.



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