HIS42360 Public History Internship Programme

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module centres on a 4- to 8-week internship with an industry partner or UCD Library’s Cultural Heritage Collections. The module will enhance core skills, attitudes and competencies that are not only a fundamental feature of the Public History programme, but are also portable and relevant to the workplace and important for active and engaged citizenship. Building on the theoretical and practical public history modules of the first semester, the Internship Programme is designed to allow students gain work experience in using history as part of a career.
A. Internship with repositories within UCD Library’s Cultural Heritage Collections. This internship will encompass UCD Archives, UCD Special Collections, and/or the UNESCO National Folklore Collection. The internship will introduce students to sectoral best practice within the cultural heritage sphere through a structured internship including on-the-job mentoring from staff and engagement with staff working in other UCD Cultural Heritage Collections units including UCD Library, UCD Digital Library, and/or the UCD Library Social Media Team.

B. Internship with an industry partner. This will allow students gain practical work experience in bringing their skills as historians out into the workplace. Internships with industry partners are available on a limited basis in the world of media, politics, communications and in various state institutions. Students, under direction, may also source their own internship.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module you will demonstrate:
1. career development awareness through practical actions and reflective written work;
2. the acquisition of key communications, cognitive and professional skills
3. an understanding of the value of historical skills in the context of modern careers;
4. an understanding of the potential of a career in history;
5. an understanding of the value of individual skills within a collaborative framework;

Indicative Module Content:

Internships will run for four to eight weeks in Spring, usually in the months of January, February and March.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Internships will run for four to eight weeks in Spring, usually in the months of January, February and March. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: c1,000 word report at the end of the internship programme Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be given to students after the submission of an internship report

Name Role
Dr Irial Glynn Lecturer / Co-Lecturer