Washington University Career Center
The Career Center website offers information about their many programs and services, which include career exploration workshops, events, alumni and professional panels, road shows (Government and Public Policy Careers), and assistance in locating and obtaining internships.
Perhaps the best resources at the Career Center are the counselors, who work with students individually to discuss your interests and goals, and brainstorm ideas for helping you achieve your goals. It's never too early in your college career to meet with one of these professionals. Whether you're interested in working internationally, beginning a corporate career, going to graduate school, or performing public service work after graduation, the counselors can help you decide the best plan of action. Call 314-935-5930 to schedule an appointment.
Online database of internships and job listings; visit the Career Center website to get started.
Have a quick question for Career Center staff? Stop by the Career Center located in the Danforth University Center, Monday through Friday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, to speak with staff members - no appointment necessary.
This online database is a listing of WashU graduates and parents who are happy to share their experiences and career knowledge with WashU students interested in exploring particular fields.
The Career Center offers a library of helpful books pertaining to a wide range of career issues. Some of their titles include:
- Careers for History Buffs and Others Who Learn from the Past
- 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For
- Great Jobs for History MajorsThe History Internship Book
- Washington Internships in Law and Policy
- Museum Jobs from A to Z
- Peterson's Graduate & Professional Programs
Teach for America
Teach for America, a popular program among WashU students, places college graduates in two-year teaching assignments at urban and rural public schools. No teaching certificate is required; successful applicants receive summer training before being placed in their assigned school. Information sessions are regularly held on campus during the school year; watch for fliers, check the student newspaper for announcements, or stay in touch with the Career Center to learn more about upcoming meetings.
Museum Studies (Smithsonian Institution)
The Smithsonian Institution provides resources for individuals interested in Museum Studies, including a list of graduate programs around the United States. You may access this list by clicking on the website link provided above.
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration: Student Resources
This website provides a FAQ for students interested in pursuing education in public affairs and administration, as well as a list of graduate programs and internships.
Libraries and Archives
American Librarian Association: Library Careers
If you're interested in learning more about a library career, visit this user-friendly website. You'll find information about different careers, how to decide if a library career is right for you, and information about educational programs.
Society of American Archivists: Archival Careers
The Society of American Archivists includes an overview of archival professions and education requirements on this webpage, as well as salary information.
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
A Master of Arts in Teaching is an alternative route to teacher certification. It is an excellent option for individuals who do not complete a certification program as part of their undergraduate education. Many schools around the nation offer Master of Arts in Teaching programs, which are tailored to meet the state certification requirements for the state in which the program is offered. As an example, see the Washington University Master of Arts in Teaching program description at:
To locate particular programs, speak with the Career Center or use:
to perform a search for "Master of Arts in Teaching Programs"
The American Historical Association's Guide to Careers in History
Phi Alpha Theta Career Information
Career Resources for History Majors
In addition, the Department of History and Phi Alpha Theta annually schedule open discussions of employment prospects for history majors, which you should attend long before your senior year. Individual members of the department will discuss careers with you, and help you plan your studies accordingly.