Intern Hailey Doucette with Rocky Mountain National Park cultural resource staff

The Public Lands History Center conducts research and presents public programming related to America’s public lands at the local, state, and national level.  We engage high-school, undergraduate, and graduate students in our work to help prepare them for careers in public history and beyond.

The PLHC hosts one to two undergraduate internships each semester.  They can be for two credits (80 hours during the course of a semester) or three credits (120 hours).  We pay a small token honorarium of $50 per credit hour.

Interns work at the center, which is located in the Tiley House (on the southwest corner of Pitkin and College), under the direct supervision of program manager Ariel Schnee. The center’s Director, Dr. Jared Orsi, serves as the internship faculty advisor.

All interns complete the followings tasks:

  • Routine office tasks as needed
  • Research and write two 800-1,000-word entries for the center’s blog.
  • Receive professionalization training and skill-building opportunities, such as interacting with clients and preparing a federal jobs resume

Interns also participate in the intellectual life of the center, dependent on the intern’s interests and the center’s activities in a given semester. Interns may:

  • Participate in planning and execution of public speaker events
  • Meet informally with faculty, graduate students, and other undergrads connected with the center
  • Shadow public history professionals
  • Accompany PLHC researchers on field work to state and national parks and other locations
  • Conduct research and other activities related to PLHC projects
  • Get connected to summer employment and internship opportunities
  • Sit in on phone calls and/or meetings with clients
  • Conduct and/or transcribe oral histories
  • Other activities as they come up—every intern and every semester is a little different.
To learn more about when PLHC internships are hosted and how to apply, contact the PLHC’s program manager, Ariel Schnee, at