Careers and Internships


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Requirements for an Internship
American Studies Department

Internships are essential parts of the learning process, and allow you to gain practical experience and build skill sets in fields relating to your American Studies’ interests. They offer opportunities for mentorship and networking, broadening your connections, and prepare you for your eventual job search. An internship also exposes you to different leadership styles, work environments, and effectively allows you to "test out" one or more career paths.

The American Studies department partners with the History department in its internship program. Students can enroll in the Public History Internship course, and receive American Studies credit. The Public History Internship’s website,, provides detailed information about the course and includes the database of internships that the History department regularly coordinates.

Alternatively, students are welcome to contact Professor Andy Urban (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and schedule a time to meet or Skype to discuss other internship options, and the opportunities that the American Studies department also offers through alumni and other professional networks.



•Students must have at least a 2.7 overall GPA and have sophomore standing prior to the commencement of an internship
•Students can complete no more than two internships for course credit
•The internship should be related to the student's career goals and the broadly defined coverage of American Studies as a field of study
•Students must receive approval from an American Studies faculty member


Requirements for Internship for Credit
01:050:381 Internship American Studies (3 credits)

•Apply and enroll in an internship offered through the Public History Internship course ( Students should follow the instructions on this site, but contact Prof. Urban to obtain the enrollment permission number needed to receive American Studies credit.

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•Identify a faculty sponsor in the American Studies department
•Work with Prof. Urban and your faculty sponsor to identify possible organizations to internship with, or consult with them about internship opportunities that you have already identified
•Provide a preliminary internship job description
•Read and complete the internship application


Submit your completed application as soon as possible. All applications must be approved and submitted to the Undergraduate Director in Ruth Adams 024 prior to the end of the add/drop period.


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We are proud of the widespread success of our graduates. Fields in which they have been prominent include:

  • Media—One former major is a top producer at CBS television; another on the staff of a national magazine; several work for major newspapers, including the Newark Star-Ledger; others have worked as editors at Rutgers University Press, Oxford University Press, and Barricade Books.
  • Business—An American Studies degree is a badge of honor. Sought out by many employers, it is a highly versatile ticket to a wide range of jobs. Few jobs are outside the reach of an American Studies graduate because this course of study will give you the critical-thinking skills,problem-solving skills, and the capacity for lifelong learning that today's organizations require.
  • Planning— Several graduates now work as urban or regional planners. Marketing and Public Relations—the writing and editing skills of our students and the understanding of American subcultures have proved invaluable for our graduates.
  • Law— Because of the broad background and skills it offers, American Studies is an excellent preparation for law school.
  • Teaching—Majors certify to teach elementary or high school, or they may go on to pursue a career in college teaching. Others have entered the fields of guidance or educational administration.
  • Arts Management—Many of our former students are curators and museum directors, managers of theater companies, librarians of special collections, and preservationists.
  • Government— Our majors hold important positions in national, state, and local governments and in the diplomatic service.


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