The internship program (Hist 4991) aims to promote using history in the public sphere, beyond the academy.
Students in the program earn three credits for completing over 100 hours of an internship experience in a semester under the supervision of an experienced person in the field. Students in this program have served in all corners of the state, including: a historical house in Morristown, the Drake House in Plainfield, the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark, the Agricultural Museum in New Brunswick, Liberty Hall Museum, Battleship New Jersey and more.
They have been involved in a wide variety of activities, cataloging stoneware at Liberty Hall in Union, photographing abandoned and neglected historical markers in Union County, creating a database for the Cannonball House in Union, helping to prepare an exhibit at the Dutch Reformed Church in East Brunswick, working on a business archive in Cranford and sorting through Kean’s own archives.
Keeping a journal, writing a mid-semester report and formally defending a final portfolio at a public presentation at the end of the semester, is required of all students in the program.