Following the campus guidelines for Coronavirus all UC Davis classes, lectures, seminars, labs and discussion sections will move to virtual instruction and remain virtual through the end of fall quarter 2020, including final exams. Given this, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions. To contact staff members of the department via e-mail or phone, please go to our administrative staff contact page. 

Research and Internships

If you would like to conduct original research or serve in a history-related internship, opportunities are available through the Department of History.

Undergraduate Research

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." 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.


If you are looking for history-related internship and job opportunities, we encourage you to visit the UC Davis Internship and Career Center.

Washington Program

The UC Davis Washington Program offers undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to combine course work, exciting field research and unparalleled internship experience during a quarter's residence in our nation's capital. Students gain valuable on-the-job experience with professionals and experts in fields that interest them. History students can discover major-specific internship opportunities here.


Internships provide valuable experience in a particular job and potential employers get to know their employee, thus internships carry their own rewards. Students completing an Internship in History (HIS 192) will receive upper division 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 do the following: 

1) Application & Internship Plan (see History advisors in 2216 SSH for forms). Once the forms are submitted, the History advisors will get the signatures for the faculty sponsor and provide the CRN. 

2)  Internship sponsor evaluation due at the end of the quarter

3) Final 10-page paper/report submitted to the Chair of the Undergraduate Program (the faculty sponsor).  Topic: discussion on the historical component of the internship sponsor).  Topic: discussion on the historical component of the internship



Professor Gregory Downs*

*Please do not email Professor Downs unless directed to by a History advisor.