History-Major Interns

Archeology in Israel & Ancestry in Switzerlandben

Ben Baumann '17:

Over Summer ’15 I was part of an Archaeology project in Northern Israel, excavating a Greek Temple Complex. I also traveled to Switzerland. There I worked in the Zurich Archives and with the local Protestant church in my ancestors’ home village of Schonenberg to learn more about where my family came from.

I wanted to do the archaeology project because I’m fascinated by human origins and learning about old civilizations. I also love to do family history research to learn more about where I came from.

Some highlights of my experience in the Zurich Archives were when I went through these super old documents on microfilm in old Swiss German. It was like a treasure hunt! When I finally found my great-great grandparents Heinrich and Selina Baumann I was ecstatic to learn why they came to America.

Why major in history?

Ultimately, as a history major you are given perspective. You’re given the ability to see the past and modern world from all points of view and as a result you can understand and relate. Another important aspect of being a history major is being able to decipher fact from fiction. A skill that is infinitely useful in a world that struggles with deception. So, if you major in history, you will be prepare yourself for the always interesting adventure called life and set yourself up to make an impact in the world around you.

Carver County Historical Society in Waconia

Meghan Flannery '16:


[I interned at] Carver County Historical Society in Waconia is in the process of purchasing a historic farm... [that] belonged to Andrew Peterson, a Swedish immigrant and farmer in Minnesota.

My responsibilities include[d]: photographing, measuring, and physically examining the horse carriages... and decide which horse carriages CCHS should keep for their historical programming.

I chose this internship because it offered me the most career experience in the field of public history. I am getting in-depth experience of the workings and needs of a small museum, an understanding of how a small museum responds to the needs of the public, [and] learning about what a museum has to do in order to develop a new historical interpretative site.

Why major in history?

My history major has given me an awareness and respect for history, no matter the time period, location, or topic matter. My new challenge as an aspiring public historian is to present to the public these historical realties without oversimplifying them. Critical thinking, historical analysis, argumentative writing, research and public speaking skills have all proven to be valuable. My history major from CSB/SJU gave the confidence and abilities to complete the major projects that CCHS has assigned to me.


Wright County Public Defender's Office

April Bondhus '16:

I chose this internship in the public defender's office because of my interest in law. I knew that my history degree could potentially help me become a lawyer and I wanted to explore that possibility. Most of my responsibilities as an intern were duties such as interviewing clients, taking statements from witnesses, and researching criminal history.

Why major in history?

The history major at CSB/SJU has provided me with many skills that are not limited to the field of history. Within the major I have learned how to write professionally, evaluate arguments, do relevant research, and interact with people from different cultures. All of these skills helped me in my internship by preparing me for the professional world and by teaching me how to better understand the world we live in today. In my internship I worked primarily with the criminal investigator and in that work I learned the value of my major. With the skills I've learned in the history major I was able to provide a new perspective and help the criminal investigator exhaust all possible explanations for a case. The history major teaches students to explore new perspectives which allows students to better understand the world we live in.