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History

Learning Beyond the Classroom

History majors at Merrimack have several opportunities to earn credit for learning beyond the classroom through internships.

Some recent internships completed by Merrimack history students:

  • One student interned at the USS Constitution Museum, where he did research for the 2008 “Life at Sea” exhibit.  He focused the lives of the crew during war of 1812, as well as the design, construction, and purchasing of the ship’s armaments;
  • Another student interned at the Lawrence City Attorney’s office, where she conducted research in Land Court issues;
  • A Merrimack history major researched for press releases and provided support relating to housing issues for the office of former Congressman Marty Meehan;
  •  At the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, a Merrimack history student gathered information from quilt owners, scanned slides of quilts, and documented the background and interpretation of quilts in the museum’s collections;
  • A student is also working for Historic New England assisting with magazine publishing;

Students who are interested in exploring internship opportunities are encouraged to contact Dr. Clarisse Poirier in the History Department.  Dr. Poirier meets with students to help them find a suitable placement, works with them during the internship itself, and evaluates the student’s work.