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

2020 Summer Internships


(*postponed/suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic)


Mike Bartlett

Digital History of Engineering

*Public Services and Procurement Canada

London, ON

Gatineau, QC

Madison Bifano

Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Jessica Chernich

Museum of Ontario Archaeology

*Landis Valley Museum

London, ON

Lancaster, PA, USA

Margaret Dingwall

Halifax Citadel Society

*Wentworth Villa Architectural Heritage Museum

Halifax, NS

Victoria, BC

Daniel Farrow

Cape Breton Miners Museum Glace Bay, NS

Hope Gresser

A Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of CoVid 19

*Library & Archives Canada

London, ON

Gatineau, QC

Thomas Lang

Robert Cochrane Lambton County Fellowship

*Know History Scholarship

Oil Springs, ON

Ottawa, ON

Kaitlyn MacDonald

Banting House National Historic Site London, ON

Brendan McShane

Nobleman Scholar – Canada’s History Winnipeg, MB

Jenna Philbrick

London Heritage Council

*McFarland House

London, ON

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Jared Schutt

 Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing

London, ON

Lorraine Tinsley

*Magdalen College Archives

Oxford, England, UK