Following the completion of the internship fieldwork phase, students will prepare a comprehensive internship report. While the completed product will contain the culmination of appropriate research, analytical, and communication skills, the final summation will address the value of the experience, insights as to the process, working as a professional, and conclusions to the process. As an academic internship, the report must reflect both conventional and applied history methodologies and approaches. As supporting documentation to the internship, the report should include copies of all materials associated with the experience, a copy of the final product and the student’s internship journal. Similar to formal thesis procedures, the student will complete the process by defending his/her internship before a departmental committee. The report should serve as both an illustration of the intern’s experiences for future activities, and as an example of a successful internship project for future history students.
The report must contain the following sections:
Background/Internship Attainment: Section that describes the student’s coursework, experiences, activities with history projects and the process of securing the internship with the granting institution.
Project Methodologies and Procedures: Comprehensive section that describes the process of completing the internship. This should include, but is not limited to, history “tools” and skills applied during the internship, evaluation of difficulties encountered and discussion of any new concepts that emerged.
Conclusion and Recommendations: Section that addresses what the intern learned through the process. This should include what specifically the student gained from the experience, an evaluation of what activities remain for future projects, a discussion of what worked and what did not work and what additional training or skills would have improved the experience. This section should serve as a reflective presentation designed to explain not only how the student benefited, but also how future students can learn from the experience and use the work as a starting point for future activities.
Internship Journal: Section that provides a daily assessment and discussion of activities completed for the internship. While this can include minutia such as traveling, lodging meals, etc., the purpose of the journal is to provide a reflective forum for understanding the internship and project process, the tools applied and the experiences learned.
Project Product and Appendices: Copy of the completed project materials that the intern submitted to the granting institution. If student completed a non-documentary based project (such as a program, exhibit, display, processed collection, etc.) supporting materials for the project are appropriate. Typically, the final product will contain a bibliography of materials used in the project.
Additional attached appendices should include pertinent materials about the acquisition, production and completion of the project. These should include communications, letters, e-mail copies, maps, photographs, contract copies and a non-product related bibliography as necessary.