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Research & Internships

Research

History faculty frequently serve as research mentors to students beyond the classroom. Together they have achieved impressive accomplishments and received high accolades.

The History Department offers its own fellowship, the Waco F. Childers Jr. Research Fellowship, which is granted to one student each year. Faculty-student research teams frequently receive Summer Research Fellowships through the Office of Undergraduate Research.

If you would like in participate in a mentored research project, check out the links below, and go talk to history faculty member.

  • The Waco F. Childers Jr. Research Fellowship in History: The Waco Childers Research Fellowship in History is an annual grant of up to $5,000 awarded to one student each year in Spring term who will be mentored by a History faculty member. It is a generously flexible award that allows students to think expansively about a research agenda. Guidelines for the Waco Childers Fellowship and Application for Waco Childers Fellowship.
  • Research Fellowships Through the Office of Undergraduate Research: The Office of Undergraduate Research provides support for student-faculty research teams through its Summer Research Fellowship program. History faculty frequently take on Summer Research Fellows through this program. For more information on the program, please go the Undergraduate Research website.
  • Examples of Research Projects in History: See some of the great accomplishments by student-faculty research teams in History: Published an academic sourcebook; received Fulbright grant funding for ongoing research; presented at a world-class scholarly conference typically not open to undergraduates; curated a museum exhibit; and transcribed the covert letters of Princess Amelia of England.

Internships

Internships are often the gateway to the professional world. At Furman, it is not unusual for organizations to offer full-time jobs to students who have served as interns. Many History students complete a paid or unpaid internship in their area of interest, and Furman offers one of the few programs in the country that directly funds student internships, offering competitive fellowships for students who would otherwise receive little or no payment. The Internship Fellowship program is run through the Internship Office in the Center for Engaged Learning.

History majors are well prepared for the world of business with finely honed critical thinking, analysis, and communication skills. Hiring managers look for interns who can communicate professionally, understand nuance, and notice important details–hallmarks of a history major.