Real World Opportunities

A U N E student arranges historic photographs for a museum exhibit
UNE students designing an exhibition on the Civil War at the Saco Museum.

Student-Designed Museum Exhibits

Working with faculty and local museum staff, you create museum exhibits. You conduct background research, write exhibit labels, design the space, install the artifacts, and create public programming. Recent exhibits include “Write Again Soon: Letters from World War II,” at the Biddeford Campus’ Jack S. Ketchum Library. The exhibit brings to life stories found within the collection, remembering those who lived through war, and honoring their sacrifice. 

Undergraduate History Research Grants

You may apply for a History Research Grant to offset the expense associated with conducting research during the academic year or summer months. Here are some recent recipients:

  • Anna Lisa Ferrante: Preservation of Historical Documents.
  • Brittany Mayou: Research on false confessions in murder cases (senior capstone research).
  • Constance Glynn: Research on 19th-century print media and the death of Mary Rogers (independent study).
  • Constance Glynn: Research on the Book of Kells in Ireland (independent study).
  • Betsy DeBrakeleer: Funding supported travel to New England living history museums to examine blacksmith shops (senior thesis research).
  • Amanda Wertman: Research on the history of the zombie in horror films (senior thesis research).  
A female student in the library reads a handwritten World War two letter
Caitlin Tetreau '13, a student research assistant, archives and indexes documents for the Randall J. Cushing Collection of World War I and World War II Letters.

History Research Assistants

You have opportunities to assist faculty on projects they are leading. Recent research assistants have transcribed documents from the early 19th century, researched a book about the history of global tourism, and organized and catalogued a collection of World War II letters. Work-study financial aid is available.


You may earn credit toward graduation while exploring career options, networking with professionals, and gaining valuable learning/work experience in the field. As early as your freshman year, the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office will guide you in researching, applying for and completing one or more internships. You may pursue these near campus during the semester, or back home over the summer. Among the settings where History majors seek internships are library archives, museums, documentary institutes, politicians’ offices, multinational corporations, schools and tutor centers, historical societies, and law offices. You may also propose your own internship. The semester prior to each internship, begin the application process by contacting the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office.

Academic Conferences

You have the opportunity to present papers at the annual conferences of the New England Museum Association, the Maine Women’s Studies Consortium, and the National Popular Culture Association. You gain experience sharing your research with other scholars, you meet graduate students and faculty, and you participate in the profession of history.

U N E professor Paul Burlin and students visit Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
The History Club with Professor Paul Burlin visits Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Mass.

History Club

The UNE History Club organizes events involving noted scholars, and travels to places of historic interest.

History Student of the Year

This award is presented each spring to the most outstanding History major or minor, by vote of the department faculty.

Phi Alpha Theta

If you have a 3.1 GPA or higher in History courses and a 3.0 GPA overall, you may join Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honors society.

LASKA Scholarship

As a history student, you may apply for the LASKA Award, a $2000 scholarship funded by the New England History Teachers Association.