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Alt-Ac Career Resources

Courtesy of Prof Annie Valk

National Council on Public History — maintains a list of job openings that includes museums and public history venues, archives, nonprofit and government organizations, digital humanities, and academic positions teaching public history.  The list also includes paid internships, postdocs, and fellowships. The site also contains a lot of other information for people interested in learning more about public history, including publications, conference announcements, opportunities for volunteering and other ways to get involved.

American Alliance of Museums — a national association for museum professionals, which hosts an annual conference.  AAM’s website lists job openings in the field. It also has a section on professional development, that includes everything from information about salaries to webinars on topics from financial management to collections management and more.

New England Museum Association — a list of jobs and internships (paid and unpaid); the list also includes volunteer opportunities, including positions serving on museum boards (unpaid but very educational!).  NEMA’s site also posts professional development opportunities. 

Society of American Archivists — professional association for library and archives professionals. Along with posting jobs and internships, the SAA website has a section on continuing education and two SAA-run online certificate programs (in digital archives and collections management).

American Association of State and Local History — AASLH offers online courses and workshops on topics including archives, exhibit planning, financial management, museum outreach and more. It also hosts an annual leadership conference for people interested in positions directing historical organizations.

Usajobs.gov — a listing of all federal job vacancies in agencies and locations throughout the U.S.  Jobs with the title “Historian” can typically be found within branches of the armed services, the National Park Service, Smithsonian museums, and a range of other agencies. In addition, this is a good place to look for positions at the NEH, NEA, IMLS, and other agencies that would value the research, writing, and analytical skills of historians. The site is a portal for applying for jobs – this is an extremely complex process and worth seeking help from someone with experience submitting applications this way.

PND Jobs — the Philanthropy Center’s listing of full-time jobs at nonprofit organizations.  It’s a great compilation of positions that spans organizations focusing on education, environment, social justice, health, and many other areas.  Although mostly U.S., it also includes positions working with NGOs based outside the U.S.

Versatile PHD — lots of information about diverse career pathways, including job postings, professional development opportunities, resources to assist in job searches, etc.  CUNY Grad Center is a member institution.

American Historical Association – the AHA has taken a leading role in working with history programs to consider how to expand and reshape graduate training to prepare students for diverse careers.  The AHA’s site offers a wealth of resources for students seeking professional development, information about career pathways and opportunities, and more.

Smithsonian maintains an office of internships and fellowships that posts opportunities across all of the institution facilities. In addition to research, archives, and curatorial positions, internships also are open in a variety of administrative offices, including special events, office of legal counsel, human resources, and more, for those wanting to understand organizational procedures.

Imagining America: Arts and Scholars in Public Life — an organization for faculty, staff, students, and community members interested in publicly engaged, social justice oriented scholarly practice.  For graduate students, the PAGE program offers professional development, mentoring, and opportunities to interact with students passionate about the public impact of arts and humanities scholarship.

Other organizations to know about:

Federation of State Humanities Councils — advocacy and networking organizing connecting all of the humanities councils across the U.S. states and territories. The Federation hosts an annual conference and is a good site to learn more about the status of federal funding and support for the humanities.

National Humanities Alliance — promotes and advocates for humanities research and teaching. It’s website includes Humanities for All, a listing of public humanities projects.

HASTAC — focused around digital networking and learning and connecting across disciplines. Great place to find postings for digital humanities opportunities and news.

ACLS Leading Edge Fellowships — this competitive fellowship program funds post-docs to work in nonprofit organizations.  ACLS also coordinates a Public Fellows program (in hiatus in 2021) with similar opportunities.

Other certificate programs, etc:

Rare Book School — classes and workshops on various topics related to history of books, manuscripts and archives

Digital Humanities Summer Institute — extensive offering of classes on topics related to digital humanities theory, methods, and applications.  [For other digital humanities workshops and institutes, see also HASTAC]

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke — offers workshops, online and short in-person classes related to audio, video, and photographic production; also option to work toward a certificate in Documentary Arts.

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