Dr. Susan Kern of the History Department teaches the Field School in Public History during both Fall and Spring semesters. The course includes readings and discussions about Public History, but the primary focus of the course is a supervised internship at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation or another local museum.
Internships will allow students the opportunity to explore a topic in depth under the supervision of an expert in the field. One example of such a project might be the study of mercantile establishments in colonial Virginia from an architectural perspective. Students interested in improving their skills in Architectural History fieldwork might undertake the recording of early country stores in Williamsburg region and write about their arrangement and function based on documentary and field evidence. In another example, an interest in early American music generated by coursework might be followed by an internship in one of the many programs that features musical performances offered by Colonial Williamsburg.
Internships will be possible in most areas of operations at Colonial Williamsburg. Some will require prior academic training or practical experience; some will not. Students will work with NIAHD and Colonial Williamsburg staff to define the internship, which they may undertake during either fall or spring semester. Summer internships, year-long internships and internships in places other than Colonial Williamsburg are possible, but will require justification and special arrangements.
Only internships undertaken within the Field School in Public History will satisfy this requirement.