Careers in History and Government


History students

Majors in History and Government are designed to prepare students for professional work, by:

  • Helping the student connect to his/her local community and region
  • Promoting awareness of national and global politics
  • Encouraging civic participation at the local, regional, and national levels
  • Teaching students to think critically
  • Cultivating the student's analytical skills
  • Teaching and emphasizing strong writing skills

Students who study History and Government at Misericordia may enter a wide range of careers, including:

  • Business and non-profit sector jobs, especially through our new 4+1 MS-OM program
  • Public policy firms, governmental agencies, public interest groups, and think tanks
  • Librarianships at research, public, and governmental libraries
  • Law School and Medical School
  • Teachers and Professors at schools, colleges, and universities
  • Local government and law enforcement
  • Historical preservation firms
  • Corporate archives and record keeping
  • Editors and publishing
  • Grant-writing for non-profit organizations
  • Professional writers and journalists
  • Museum work, including exhibition preparation and curation, education, development, and public outreach

General Information on Careers in History

General Information on Careers in History

  • Careers in History: published by the American Historical Association, this "mini-guide" provides an overview of jobs for historians in education, research, communication, information management, advocacy, and business.
  • National Employment Bulletins: Nationwide job openings for liberal arts majors, specializing in entry-level jobs. Fee required.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Published by the US Department of Labor, this online resource features hundreds of job profiles, each of which includes a description of duties, a salary forecast, and what training is required. Once you've identified some careers that sound interesting to you, this is a good place to go for more information.
  • Camenson, Blythe. Careers for History Buffs & Others Who Learn from the Past, 2nd. Ed. Available for purchase from Amazon.
  • Degalan, Julie, and Stephen E. Lambert. Great Jobs for History Majors. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001. 2nd ed. ISBN: 0-6580-106-11. The first section of this book offers advice on how to decide what type of historical work you are suited for, as well as tips for networking, resume writing, and interviewing. The second section of the book offers descriptions of particular career paths, including job titles, job descriptions, salary information, and training required. Available for purchase from Amazon.
  • Schulz, Constance, et. Al. Careers for Students of History. Washington DC: American Historical Association, 2002. 64 pages, ISBN: 0-87229-128-6. Available for purchase from the American Historical Association.

Careers related to Government, Law, and National Security

Careers related to Government, Law, and National Security

  • USA Jobs: the Federal Government's Official Job Site
  • Public Service Careers, is the most authoritative and widely used website for finding jobs, career advice, and information on degrees in public service and public affairs.
  • Idealist: The world's best place to find volunteer opportunities, nonprofit jobs, internships, and organizations working to change the world since 1995.
  • Monster: one of the largest employment websites in the world
  • Intelligence Careers: The U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) is a group of 17 federal intelligence agencies working together to protect the United States of America. We focus on an ever-expanding range of issues, from terrorist financing to drug trafficking, from climate change and environmental issues to foreign technology threats and nuclear proliferation
  • U.S. Department of State: Careers Representing America
  • Brookings Institution: nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and policy solutions. Its mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations for policymakers and the public.
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: A unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Our mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision makers in government, business, and civil society. Working together, our centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional, and global issues.
  • International Crisis Group: an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.
  • Rand Corporation: RAND Corporation is a nonprofit global policy think tank originally formed by Douglas Aircraft Company to offer research and analysis to the United States Armed Forces.
  • Troutman, Kathryn. Ten Steps to a Federal Job: Navigating the Federal Job System. (Resume Place, 2002). ISBN: 0-964702-533. Available from Amazon.

Public History & Non-Profit Work

Public History, Museums, & Non-Profits

  • American Association of Museums: Lists job announcements in the museum field (both art and history museums). While entry-level jobs are not commonly listed, this site provides a glimpse at the type of museum jobs available to someone with a Masters degree.
  • American Association of State and Local History: Professional organization for people working in history museums specifically. Job announcements are available to members only.
  • Museum Employment Resource Center: Listing of museum studies programs, job announcements.
  • National Association for Interpretation: This site offers information on careers in cultural interpretation (of both natural and historical resources), job listings, and a special section of the web site devoted to students.)
  • National Council for Public History: The web site for this professional organization features a "resources" section containing a list of graduate programs in public history, internship opportunities, and job announcements. A guide to graduate programs in public history is available for sale in the publications section of the site.
  • Public History Resource Center: A wonderful site offering information on various public history careers, schools offering graduate programs in public history, and resources for finding jobs.

Historic Preservation / Architectural History

Historic Preservation / Architectural History

  • Academic Programs in Historic Preservation: Maintained by the National Council for Preservation Education, this site provides a comprehensive listing of graduate programs in preservation.
  • Preservenet: A clearinghouse of information on careers, graduate programs, and internships in historic preservation. Of particular note are the field schools (short-term immersion experiences designed to provide an introduction to preservation work) and scholarships listed under the "education" link.
  • Society of Architectural Historians-Graduate Programs: A listing of which schools in the US have Masters' programs in architectural history. Note that some programs are offered through schools of architecture and others are offered through art history departments.

Library Science / Archival Management

Library Science/ Archival Management

  • American Library Association: The "Education & Careers" section of this web site provides a thorough overview of careers in library science (including entry level jobs not requiring a Masters), as well as information on choosing a graduate school. The organization also offers some funding for graduate education in library science; information appears in the "Awards & Scholarships" section.
  • Society of American Archivists: Includes an overview of the archival profession, a directory of archival education, and links to job announcements.

Information Management

Information Management

Research

Research

Cultural Tourism / Downtown Revitalization

Cultural Tourism/ Downtown Revitalization

  • National Main Street Center: Administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this site provides more information about these programs throughout the country. Includes listing of state organization, further resources, and job announcements.
  • International Exchange Locator: A Resource Directory for Educational and Cultural Exchange, 2002 ed., ISBN: 0-9656459-1-6.

Volunteer Programs

Volunteer Programs (of which many pay living expenses)

  • Americorps: A community service program in the United States, which provides living expenses and help with student loans; requires a one-year commitment.
  • Catholic Network of Volunteer Service: A clearinghouse for full-time, faith-based volunteering opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. Most programs cover living expenses; time commitment varies.
  • International Volunteer Programs Association: A clearinghouse for full-time volunteer opportunities abroad, this site includes tips for finding the right project. Most programs require volunteers to raise the money for their living expenses through donations; length of time commitment varies.
  • Peace Corps: A federal program providing community service volunteers to underdeveloped countries. Provides living expenses and an end-of-service stipend; 27 month commitment.
  • McMillon, Bill. Volunteer Vacations 2003: Short-Term Adventures that will benefit you and Others. (Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2003) Available for purchase from Amazon.
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