Research & Internships in History

If you would like to conduct original research or serve in a history-related internship, opportunities are available through the Department of History. If you are looking for history-related internship and job opportunities, we encourage you to visit the UC Davis Internship and Career Center.



The Marchand Center For Public Engagement facilitates multiple History Labs. Each lab brings together diverse history practitioners to address a common theme or historical question. Lab participants include faculty, graduate students, undergraduates enrolled in select HIS 102 seminars, outside scholars, archivists, teachers, and teacher leaders as they collaborate. History labs advance publicly engaged scholarship and research outputs.


You can pursue a research topic of your choosing by registering for History 103 with a Department of History professor of your choice. HIS 103 is a 4-unit class titled "Topics in Historical Research." You will need a faculty sponsor to complete the History 103 with you, and once the form is completed you can return it to the Advising Center at SSH 2216, or via email to (the faculty sponsor will need to be CC'd or send the form to us). 

Also consider checking out the History Honors Program if you are eligible.

Additional research opportunities and planning are available through the UC Davis Undergraduate Research Center.


Internships provide valuable experience in a particular job and potential employers get to know their employee, thus internships carry their own rewards. Check out your future opportunities in History here. Don't forget to use Handshake for keeping up to date on other opportunities available for History students.

The following are examples of locations where students in History have completed internships. The data is from the UC Davis Exit Survey, completed by students who have graduated in the past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
CA Charter Schools Association
CA Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition
CA State Assembly
Davis Joint Unified School District
Law Office of Carol M. Langford
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Newman Law Group, LLP
Trans World Radio
Vacaville Unified School District
Washington Unified School District, Sacramento
Whittier Museum


HIS 92 or 192 Unit Credit

Students completing an Internship in History can apply for HIS 92 or 192 units, and will receive unit credit toward graduation requirements (180 unit requirement) but will not receive credit toward the History major. Typically 1-2 units per quarter (on rare occasion up to 4 units) are given for internship credit. There is a 6-unit cap on total credits per student (across all quarters) granted for History internships. Please note, participation in the Washington Program or the UCCS program will not warrant additional units. 

To apply for an internship (after obtaining an internship offer from the employer), you need to complete the following and submit documents to the Advising Center (via email or in-person at 2216 Social Science & Humanities Building):

1. A fully completed HIS 92/192 Internship application form (available here: HIS 92/192 application).
     > A History Advisor will review the application and request the signatures for the faculty sponsor and provide the CRN if approved. 
2. Complete the Internship Sponsor Evaluation, due at the end of the quarter.
3. Submit final 10-page paper/report to the Chair of the Undergraduate Program (the faculty sponsor). Topic: discussion on the historical component of the internship sponsor.


Email our Advising team at for more information and support.