Wisconsin 101 provides valuable internship opportunities for undergraduate students throughout the state of Wisconsin. Our internships offer experience for students interested in public humanities, material culture, local history, writing, and educational outreach or editing.

In their own words:

This internship made me fall in love with researching in a way that I never thought possible before. I knew before this internship that I had an affinity for doing research and writing scholarly essays about topics I found interesting, but through this work I really found myself deeply engaged with all of the topics I was able to tackle in a way that made me look forward to working more as the weeks progressed.

Intern, Fall 2020

My internship with Wisconsin 101 has been a wonderful experience in contributing to public history. Through this internship I have learned a lot more about Wisconsin history while also developing my writing and research capabilities. It has been so fulfilling to collaborate with others and develop an exhibit for the Wisconsin 101 site. This internship has helped me gain a greater appreciation and understanding of public history, while challenging me too. I am very grateful for this opportunity and how it has deepened my love for Wisconsin.

Intern, Spring 2023

Summer 2024 WI101/WPR Internship

Announcing our Summer 2024 internship, co-sponsored by Wisconsin 101 and Wisconsin Public Radio:

We’re currently looking for an intern to work with a staff member of Wisconsin Public Radio. The main responsibility will involve reimagining existing Wisconsin 101 essays into short podcast episodes for Wisconsin Life. To be eligible, you must be an undergraduate student at UW-Madison who has declared either the history major or certificate. Students applying for this internship also need have either journalism experience or to have taken a class in news writing.

To apply, please submit a PDF of your résumé, a news writing sample, and a cover letter of two paragraphs explaining your experience using archival sources, writing, and working in museum studies or public history and the relevance of an internship with Wisconsin 101 to your academic and professional interests to wi101@history.wisc.edu no later than April 22, 2024.

Semester Internship

As a state-wide public history project that explores Wisconsin’s history through everyday objects, Wisconsin 101 is looking for student authors to research and prepare essays for inclusion in our digital museum. Student authors may propose their own objects or choose an object from the site’s list. Submissions generally include two or three essays of between 500 and 700 words each, all based on primary and secondary source research.

Wisconsin 101 always accepts contributions from volunteers, but a small number of formal internships of about 100 hours may be available for academic semesters or summer. Formal internships may be available and are eligible for funding from the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s History Department. Additionally, students at other universities can apply for internship funding through their own history departments and work for us as interns. To apply, please submit a PDF of your résumé and a cover letter of two paragraphs explaining your experience using archival sources, writing, and working in museum studies or public history and the relevance of an internship with Wisconsin 101 to your academic and professional interests to wi101@history.wisc.edu.