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Apprenticeships

The Department of History offers a unique opportunity for students in the master's and doctoral programs to obtain practical experience in a variety of career fields related to history. Applicants apply for these experiences by following the instructions on the History Department's supplemental application.

Students may apply for the following apprenticeships and internships: 

  • Archives and Manuscript Collections

    Under the supervision of archivists and manuscript curators at the Earl Gregg Swem Library and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, apprentices and interns receive instruction in the handling of a wide variety of manuscript and archival material, including papers, printed matter, photographs, and microforms. 

  • Editing of Historical Books and Journals

    Editing apprentices receive formal instruction in editorial methods and acquire practical experience in copy-editing, proofreading, and other phases of historical publication under the supervision of the editorial staff of the William and Mary Quarterly and the books program of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. After completing the editorial apprenticeship, interns may obtain further experience in historical publishing by serving as editorial assistants.

  • Humanities Computing

    Apprentices and interns receive instruction and practical training in digital humanities. Students work with the Earl Gregg Swem Library and the Omohundro Institute to build digital collections, create online exhibits, and use collection management software.