Our Internships

"My Public History internship provided me with the once in a lifetime opportunity to assist in the early development of the Oil Springs heritage district, the ultimate goal of which is a bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site Designation."

- Meaghan Nelligan, 2009 Robert Cochrane Lambton County Fellow

"The internship program is tremendously useful as a way to link up young professionals with organizations seeking expert and competent workers.  The JBCA has benefited immensely from working with both interns and graduates of the program."

- Mike Bechthold, Executive Director, Juno Beach Centre Association

The capstone for students in the MA Program in Public History at Western is the summer internship. Conducted within the twelve weeks of the summer academic term between early May and the end of August, the internship is designed to provide students with the invaluable opportunity to learn in the field under the guidance of a professional public historian. Hands-on work in a real-life setting enables students to move from theory to practice and further hone their marketable skills in communicating the past to a wider audience.

Our interns have served in a tremendous variety of roles, from researchers to curatorial assistants, in institutions differing in purpose, size, and scale, from small local museums to federal government departments. Geographically, students have spent their summers all over Canada, from Newfoundland to the Yukon, as well as in parts of Australia, Europe and the United States.

We realize that each person is unique, especially in terms of their particular skill set, career interests and life situation. It is for this reason that we build a large degree of flexibility into the internship process to help facilitate the main goal of having the best possible internship experience for our students.

Please explore the wonderful personal journeys our students have experienced over the years as Western Public History Interns through their profiles appearing in the section Experiences.

I welcome your inquiries anytime!

Mike Dove, Internship Coordinator
519-661-2111 ext. 84996

2021 Summer Internships




Kat Bezaire Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & Heritage Centre Capreol, Ontario
Jake Breadman The Brown Homestead St. Catherine's, Ontario
Victoria Burnett Museum London London, Ontario
Ivy Cooley Royal Military College Museum Kingston, Ontario
Elisabeth Edwards Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre Toronto, Ontario
Kestra Greer Robert Cochrane Lambton County Fellow - Oil Museum of Canada Oil Springs, Ontario
Patrick Kinghan Banting House National Historic Site of Canada London, Ontario
Robin Marshall Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship - Engineering Institute of Canada Ottawa, Ontario
Julia Richards Nobleman Scholar - Canada's History Winnipeg, Manitoba
Margaret Schultz Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada Ottawa, Ontario