History Student Opportunities

The department’s dedication to engaged learning and individualized academic advising permits it to offer a broad range of relevant opportunities to students. Faculty eagerly work with students to ensure the most appropriate career fit by exploring and offering connections through substantial alumni, professional and other networks. Students benefit from this approach to education through exciting life opportunities such as:


Recent history internships include:

  • Indiana Historical Society
  • Indiana State Museum
  • Indianapolis Children’s Museum
  • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
  • Indiana State Department of Health’s Office of Women’s Health
  • Indiana State House
  • Indianapolis Mayor’s Office
  • Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
  • Bartholomew County Historical Society
  • Camp Atterbury
  • Johnson County Museum of History
  • Franklin Public Library
  • Franklin Mayor’s Office
  • Franklin Heritage
  • Artcraft Historic Theatre, Franklin
  • Law firms in Indianapolis and surrounding areas
  • U.S. Congress

Graduate and Law School Acceptances

Recent history graduates were accepted into the following graduate programs and law schools.

  • University of Chicago
  • Purdue
  • Indiana University –Bloomington
  • Indiana University-Purdue University—Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Indiana State University
  • University of Indianapolis
  • Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University – Bloomington and Indianapolis
  • John Marshall Law School (Chicago)
  • Seton Hall Law School
  • Wheaton Seminary (Illinois)
  • Christian Theological Seminary

Student work

Students have recently completed research projects on:

  • “Olympe de Gouges: A Rebel with a Lot of Causes”
  • The Meaning of Social Democracy in the Age of Neo-Liberal Globalization
  • The Story of ‘Shiner’: A History of Race in Franklin, Indiana”
  • Resisting Democracy and Fighting Insurgencies: U.S. Training or Proxy Armies in Central America”
  • “A Cold Man in a Cold War: Joseph Stalin’s Role in the Beginning of the Cold War”
  • Protest at the ‘Crossroads of America’: Indiana and the Vietnam War”
  • The Roots of the Present Conflict between Ukraine and Russia”
  • Washington, Indiana: A City of ‘Pride and Progress’”

Students have taken special topics courses or independent studies with history faculty on topics such as:

  • Feminism and Gendered Power in U.S. History
  • Introduction to West-Central Europe
  • The History of Social Democracy in the Western World
  • Who is an American?: The Supreme Court, Justice, and Citizenship

Franklin College offers a range of real-world and practical experiences that engage students, help them network with experts in the field and develop their professional skills. The program is designed to be a bridge to a student’s career of choice. Some recent opportunities include:

  • Become a member of Phi Alpha Theta – national honor society in history
  • Engage in archival research
  • Present original work at undergraduate conferences
  • Participate in service-learning projects in public history
  • Create exhibits for display at community events
  • Complete internships at libraries, museums, historical societies and government agencies
  • Visit local historical sites
  • Study away opportunities (various locations, domestic and international)