Scrubbing 1930s ranching tools that had been stored in a barn for half a century; picking up sequins that have fallen from Liberace’s costumes; cataloging more than 25,000 lapel pins worn to show solidarity for local labor strikes.
Internships in the public history program may not always glamorous, but they do serve an important purpose. Public history is about rolling up your sleeves, digging in, working with others, and making the most of what you have. Internships teach students how to do that.
Our internships in public history require 120 hours of on-site experience. Students typically complete these hours over the course of a summer. Working under the supervision of the Associate Director of Public History Deirdre Clemente, the student partners with an institution or organization related to their area of interest, and completes the terms of the internship. Students have often stayed on to work as volunteers or employees after they have completed their hours.
In the past, students have completed internships with the National Park Service, the Museum at FIT, the Mob Museum, the Office of Historic Preservation at the City of Las Vegas, The Liberace Foundation, The New Bureau at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), the Clark County Museum, Special Collections at UNLV’s Lied Library, and The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Summer internships provide continuity to the H. 749 and H. 750 experience. Here’s what some of our graduate students did recently: