Northern's Department of History has developed an emphasis on public history and students have an opportunity to gain professional experiences through various cooperative arrangements. In conjunction with the Michigan Bureau of History, the Department operates a living history program at Fort Wilkins State Park and has other internship programs through local historical societies, the University Archives, the Washington, DC Internship program, and the International Education program.
Fort Wilkins. Inside a house.
The Department of History, in conjunction with the State of Michigan and the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies at NMU, is involved in the training and supervision of paid historical role players at the Fort Wilkins Historic Complex at Copper Harbor, Michigan. Role players, in interpreting the lives and experiences of soldiers, officers, officers' wives, and laundresses, are a key element in both entertaining and enlightening park visitors. For students preparing for careers in history, public history, recreation, theatre, and many other disciplines, recreating the summer of 1870 at Fort Wilkins offers not only practical work experience and the opportunity to develop professional skills, but enjoyable interactions with the public and an enormous amount of fun.
The Center employs seasonal interpreters at each of its field museums from May through September. Seasonal staff present interpretive programs such as orientation talks, hands-on activities, and tours; staff facilities; and conduct various museum-related projects. Applicants must be college-level students, teachers, retired teachers, or posses related work experience. For information about seasonal employment in the Center's Upper Peninsula Museum Program contact:
Michigan Iron Industry Museum
73 Forge Road
Negaunee, MI 49866
The James Madison Fellowship Program emphasizes the study of the U.S. Constitution and offers up to $24,000. Eligible applicants are committed to a career in teaching American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary level.
Fellows can attend any institution of higher education in the United States for either a Master of Arts degree (MA); a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT); or a Master of Education degree (MEd) with an emphasis on American history, government, or political science.