Because we know our students well, we keep track of them after graduation. We have good information on the jobs and careers of 76% of our majors from 2012-2015 (not everyone remembers to update us regularly). Of that number 100% are employed or in graduate school.
History majors pursue a wide variety of careers. We have graduates in journalism, communications and marketing, politics, finance, public relations, law enforcement, higher education, health care, law, and non-profits. Approximately 70% of our graduates enter these fields. Many studies show that employers appreciate the information management, writing, critical thinking, and analysis skills history majors bring to the job market. The History Department also maintains a LinkedIn.com page for History majors and alumni to help students choose experiences relevant to the jobs they want, discuss trends in industries, and make networking connections. History majors also benefit from the many opportunities available through the Office of Career Services.
For more information on the diversity of jobs available to history majors, check out What Can You Do With An Undergraduate Degree in History? This provides more information on job fields where history majors can use their skills as educators, researchers, communicators, information managers, and advocates, or in business.
For those interested in education, public history jobs (museums, archives, historic preservation), editing/publishing, government service, or consulting, you can check out Careers for Students of History, which includes types of jobs, education level required, and job market trends.
Approximately 30% of history majors teach at the middle or high school level. Please see Secondary Education for more information.
Career Planning Guidelines
First Year: "Self-Discovery"
Visit the Career Development Center in the Jean Student Center Complex to do the Career Pathways Program that works with students to identify their skills, values, and interests to help them draw correlations between different career paths within their majors/minors. Career Pathways also helps expose students to different careers within their field of study
Sophomore Year: "Career Exploration"
Visit the Career Development Center to log into Handshake to build your profile and view career related resources (i.e. resume & cover letter guides, information on preparing for interviews and networking, searching for internships, etc.) and to FOCUS2 which is a career assessment tool that links identified skills, values, interests, and overall personality to career paths and jobs that match a student’s profile. And take a draft of your resume to the Career Development Center and ask the staff how to use it when applying for positions.
Junior Year: "Reality Testing"
Attend the Career Development Center's events:
- Job and Internship Fair (Fall semester)
- RESUMANIA! (Fall semester)
- Mock Interview Day (Spring semester)
- New Hampshire College and University Council (NHCUC) Career Fair (Spring semester)
- and other various workshops throughout the year
Keep using Handshake to search for internships and jobs.
Senior Year: "Implementation"
Attend the Senior American Studies/History Major Night (or day) Event, keep attending the Career Development Center’s events and workshops, use Handshake, Review resume with staff at the Career Development Center.
Action Plan - Applying for Jobs:
- Develop list of 20-30 target organizations.
- Connect with alumni on LinkedIn to start building a professional network.
- Follow-up with employers; continue to search for positions.
- Participate in Mock Interview Day (Spring event) to hone in on interview skills.
- Attend the Spring NHCUC Career Fair to continue to meet, network, and research different organizations and positions within your field(s) of interest.
The history department encourages its majors to do internships. Internships can help you make informed decisions about your career, form important connections, obtain valuable experiences, and apply your academic knowledge to real world problems. The History Department offers a variety of internships listed below.
History majors are also encouraged to explore the extensive internship opportunities available through the Internship Office and to seek out internship opportunities on their own.
Students interested in history department internships, or history credit for Internship Office and self-located internships, must contact Professor Hugh Dubrulle early in the semester PRIOR TO when they wish to do an internship.
Manchester Historic Association
The MHA collects, preserves, and shares the history of Manchester, NH. Interns have cataloged the photograph collection, done research for upcoming museum exhibits, helped conserve artifacts, and done museum education, publicity, and membership relations.
New Hampshire Historical Society
The NHHS is located in Concord, NH and has curatorial, archival, and museum education internships. Interns have researched information for upcoming exhibits, transcribed diaries and letters for web publication, created teaching materials for visiting school groups, and learned curatorial skills related to historic objects.
Currier Museum of Art
The Currier Museum is an internationally renowned art museum in Manchester, NH. Interns have helped catalog new acquisitions, researched material for exhibitions, learned visitor services and fundraising skills, given tours, and worked with school groups.
Legal Unit at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
This branch of the New Hampshire state government focuses on protecting and restoring the environment and preserving public health. Interns in the legal unit have updated state regulations, sat in on and summarized hearings, and researched legal issues.
New Hampshire Institute of Politics
The mission of the NHIOP is to educate, engage and empower citizens to participate in the civic and political life of their local, national and global communities. Interns have cataloged parts of the NHIOP collections, used objects and documents to create exhibits, and researched and written materials for public education. There is a paid summer internship opportunity at this site.
Saint Anselm College Archives
The College Archivist takes interns interested in doing research on campus history, or learning archival, records management, and preservation skills. Interns have inventoried collections, provided research for exhibits, and digitization projects.
Chapel Arts Gallery
Chapel Arts is the campus art gallery with its own extensive art collection and exhibition space. Interns have helped to curate exhibits, researched art in the collection, learned presentation and museum outreach skills, and written gallery publication text.
Eric Boumil, Class of 2014, Manchester Historic Association
"My internship at the Manchester Historic Association was both incredibly useful and enjoyable. I loved being able to take part in preserving Manchester's history through cataloging their ever-growing collection of photographs. I feel having that experience working with the photo collection at the Research Center and working with visitor services at the Millyard Museum helped build something that got me to my current job at the Sports Museum in Boston. The staff at the MHA gave me tips on where to look and how to stand out when applying for jobs in the museum field. They also really seemed to care about making sure I was getting what I wanted to get out of my internship. My experience there is something I still reflect upon and talk about with my fellow colleagues in my line of work."
Sabrina Fahy, Class of 2016, Chapel Art Center
"While interning with the Chapel Art Center, I worked closely with the curatorial team to complete the various tasks involved in exhibition preparation. Aside from exhibition work, I prepared, manipulated, and managed extensive permanent collection databases. I also took on general museum maintenance responsibilities, including the documentation process for updating, as well as the accession and deaccession of pieces. Various history courses had provided me with the chronological and thematic organization skills, as well as the comprehensive vision needed when working in a museum setting. I then completed two other internships in Boston over the summers. My internship tasks demanded careful research skills, the ability to articulate my research in reports, and the ability to be perceptive of past and future connectedness, all skills I developed in history classes."
Alexandra Madsen, Class of 2015, Currier Museum of Art
"At my internship, I created educational teaching tools be used by the Head Educator in docent training sessions for a Smithsonian Museum traveling exhibition. I also developed presentations, learned web archiving, and attended a day long training session on visual thinking strategies. Working in the education department at the Currier altered my graduate school choices, and helped cement my desire to pursue a career as a professor. I am now a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin working towards my PhD."
Joseph Donahue, Class of 2013, Upton and Hatfield Law Firm
"I have had four internships during college to help figure out a career path for myself. My internship with Upton and Hatfield helped me decide whether to go to law school. Among the benefits of a liberal arts education are the development of skills such as critical thinking, analysis, research and communication, all of which are applicable to a variety of careers. I used my internship experience to practically apply these skills in a workplace setting as I was discovering which profession I wished to pursue upon graduation. My internships helped me realize my passion for working in higher education and my desire to work in that particular field. I encourage all students to seek internships during their time as undergrads in order to help them discern what their skills are and how they can best be utilized as they join the workforce. Currently, I am working as an Administrative Assistant for the First Year Experience Program at Boston College."
Aleesha Griffin, Class of 2014, Manchester Historic Association
"I loved my internship. It had helped narrow down what type of museum work I was interested in pursuing. I found the internship to be one of the most valuable experiences I had in college. It not only allowed me to apply my research skills, it also allowed me to explore different career options. It has also been helpful as a talking point on resumes and as a valuable reference in my job search."
Graduate and Law School
Approximately 15% of history graduates in the past 4 years have gone to graduate school. Our graduates have pursued law degrees at Suffolk Law School (Boston), University of New Hampshire Law, Quinnipiac University Law (CT), and New England School of Law (Boston).
History majors have also gone on to graduate school for masters degrees in many fields: History (M.A.), Library Science (MLS), Social Science (M.A.), International Relations (M.A.), Education or Educational Leadership (M.Ed) and Business Administration (MBA). Recent schools include Indiana University, the University of Chicago, the London School of Economics, Emmanuel College, the University of Texas at Austin, and Providence College (R.I.).
The history department works with the Pre-Law Advisor to advise students interested in law school.
We also work with the Academic Advising Office, librarians, archivists, and other departments to advise students interested in graduate programs.