Professional Development for Students

Experiential Learning
Public History students gain valuable professional experience during internships and residencies. Although the internship and professional residency are required components of our graduate degree programs, conferences and other forms of experiential learning and networking will always be a part of the professional development of public historians.
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Conferences - Like most professional fields, public historians have opportunities to participate in a multitude of local, regional, and national conferences that provide forums to discuss new research and developments within the profession. Examples of organizations that regularly organize conferences include:
Tennessee Conference of Historians
Tennessee Association of Museums
Society of Tennessee Archivists
National Council on Public History
American Association for State and Local History
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Society of American Archivists
American Association of Museums
Kentucky-Tennessee American Studies Association
Tennessee Folklore Society

Career Placement - Faculty maintain various professional networks and assist graduates with career placement. MTSU graduates have been hired by state agencies, private consulting firms, historical commissions, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, State Historic Preservation Offices, exhibit design firms, universities, Main Street programs, and planning commissions throughout the nation. To assist with internships, residencies, and career placement, the Public History Program maintains these professional memberships:
American Association of Museums
American Association for State and Local History
National Council on Preservation Education
National Council on Public History
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Society of American Archivists
Southeastern Museums Conference
Society of Tennessee Archivists
Tennessee State Library and Archives
Tennessee Association of Museums
Tennessee Preservation Trust
U.S. Committee, International Council on Monuments and Sites