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History at Work

The world today is changing in dramatic ways, and keen historical thinking has never been more important for engaged citizenship on a global scale. U-M History is home to more than seventy world-class faculty and offers cutting-edge expertise across all time periods and regions. Students not only hone their critical thinking and research skills, but also have opportunities to apply them to real-world problems and make an impact beyond the university.

Our career development initiatives include an extensive range of learning experiences for students that will prepare them for a wide variety of professions. We are especially proud of our internship program, which offers paid graduate student internships as an alternative to GSI assigments.

U-M History faculty and students are active in the public sphere, publishing collaborative digital scholarship, developing museum exhibits, writing op-eds for major newspapers, partnering with communities on research projects, leading globally reknown foreign policy blogs, and more.

Our department-led public engagement projects demonstrate how history matters in the wider world. They transform students into public scholars, helping them develop transferable skills that can apply to a range of careers. Undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with faculty to produce content for programs like U-M HistoryLabs, the Reverb Effect podcast, and Michigan in the World. Explore these projects and more in the U-M History Showcase.

We are committed to history in the public service, and we believe that historical thinking has the potential to change lives and contribute to the common good. 

From public history projects that engage broad audiences with historical scholarship to cutting-edge digital humanities initiatives with community partners, U-M History is redefining what it means to “do” history at a top-ranked public university. This is history at work.


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