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Area

Employer


Government

 
  • Federal agencies including:
    • The Smithsonian Institute
    • National Archives and Records
    • Library of Congress
    • National Park Service
    • Intelligence services
    • Foreign service
  • State and local agencies including:
    • Archives and libraries
    • Museums, parks, and historic sites
    • Municipal archives
    • Arts and humanities councils

Politics

 
  • Elected or appointed public officials (i.e., legislators, governors, mayors, judges)
  • National political party headquarters
  • Public interest/advocacy groups
  • Political campaigns

Law

 
  • Law firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Government agencies
  • Public advocacy groups

Nonprofit Organizations

 
  • History museums and historic sites
  • Historical associations and societies
  • Cultural heritage organizations
  • Historical projects
  • Research and service institutions

Curatorial and Archival Management

 
  • Museums
  • Historical homes
  • Art galleries
  • Special collections
  • Historical societies
  • Libraries
  • Universities and colleges
  • National, state, and local government
  • Corporations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Research institutes

Journalism

 
  • Broadcast
  • Print
  • News departments of local, public, and commercial radio and TV stations
  • Syndicated radio services
  • Newspapers
  • National, state, and regional radio networks

Education

 
  • Teaching
    • Elementary, Middle, or Secondary
    • Higher Education
  • Community Education
  • Public and private schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Museums
  • Zoological parks, aquariums, wildlife refuges, and bird sanctuaries
  • Arboretums, gardens, and conservatories
  • Camps
  • National and state parks

Business

 
  • Management
  • Sales
  • Office Administration
  • All major retail firms including drug, specialty, variety, and department store chains
  • Wholesalers
  • Manufacturers
  • Insurance companies
  • Real estate agencies
  • Financial institutions
  • Nonprofit organizations

General Information and Strategies

  • An undergraduate degree in history is good preparation for graduate study in history as well as other areas such as psychology, law, or business.
  • Research the prerequisites of the area of interest and tailor program of study to meet curricular and skill needs.
  • Part-time, summer, internship, and volunteer experiences are critical.
  • Develop skills by obtaining a leadership role in a school or community organization.
  • Get involved in Student Government.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are imperative for most careers related to history, politics, or government.
  • Become familiar with the government application process for opportunities in federal, state, or local government.
  • Prepare to develop a specialty area including both academic training and work experience for history related careers.
  • Develop patience, persistence, and drive in obtaining history related positions.
  • For careers in politics, be prepared to volunteer extensively before being hired or elected as an employee or official. Begin by working with the campaign or official of choice while in college.
  • For careers in arts and humanities, obtain a broad liberal arts background including knowledge of the arts, personal and mass communication, and foreign languages.
  • Join related social and/or professional organizations.
  • Develop a network of both formal and informal contacts.
  • Research websites and books that address various job opportunities, pay structure, and hiring processes.