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UW Oshkosh
Department of History
Sage Hall, Room 3612
Phone: (920) 424-2456
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Student Activities and Opportunities

Students interested in history can participate in a range of exciting and intellectually stimulating activities outside the classroom.

For example:

History Club

All students are welcome to join the history club at UW Oshkosh. You do not have to be a history major or minor to join or to participate in events. All history enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. For additional information on the history club or upcoming events, please contact us.

Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society

Phi Alpha Theta, the International Honor Society in History, was founded in 1921. On May 13, 1965 the Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh (now the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh) received a charter for its local chapter, Kappa-Eta. Since its inception, the Kappa-Eta chapter has had more than 350 members–both students and faculty. Although there have been a number of faculty advisors over the years, Kappa-Eta owes a considerable debt to Dr. Joseph Starr who headed the chapter from 1986 to 1993. In 1994 the chapter hosted the Wisconsin Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta, and the same year it was awarded a Best Chapter Award for category III by the international organization.

Chapter Requirements

  1. 15 hours of history
  2. 3.1 GPA in history courses
  3. 3.0 GPA overall
  4. Junior or senior standing
  5. History major or minor



The Kappa-Eta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta hosts a variety of activities that allow history students to broaden their understanding of the field. Recent activities have included speakers from both within and outside the university, student discussion groups and film presentations. In April every year new members are initiated into Kappa-Eta at a year-end banquet.


National Headquarters

For more information about Phi Alpha Theta, visit the national Phi Alpha Theta website.


The department of history works with a large number of local institutions to provide history majors with hands-on experience.

Requirements for internships:

  • Junior or senior status
  • GPA 3.0 or above


General Guidelines:

Each credit hour is earned by working two hours per week during a 14 week semester in the institution. Most students and institutions opt for an arrangement where the student works 6 hours a week to earn 3 credits in a 14 week semester.  Special arrangements can be made for work over the summer or during breaks. Up to six credits can be earned through internships,

Students will also be required to write a five page paper summarizing their experience and explain how it benefited their historical understanding.

These experiences are meant to develop historical understanding, not to work as an assistant or secretary.

Spring 2016 Internship Opportunities

The following are current internships.  Please contact internship coordinator Professor Michelle Kuhl at for more details on how to apply.

New London Public Museum

Neville Public Museum in Green Bay

National Railroad Museum in Green Bay

Application for the RR Museum internship

Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Curatorial Intern

Oshkosh Public Library needs two interns for Spring 2016 projects

Institutions where students have worked in the past:

  • Oshkosh Public Museum
  • Outagamie County Historical Society
  • Paine Art Center
  • University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Archives
  • EAA Museum
  • New London Public Museum
  • Oshkosh Public Library

This website lists all the Historical Sites/Museums in the State of Wisconsin if you want to try something else.


Other internship work:

  • In 2014 a UW Oshkosh history intern helped created some of the local histories for theOshkosh Public Library’s website.
  • In the Spring of 2007, history department students, with the help of the UW Oshkosh Archives, have created a series of Historical Home Pages that provide a look at the university in earlier eras.
  • History interns collaborated with UW Oshkosh archivist Joshua Ranger to create the satirical website “A Day Without Feminism
  • History interns have written institutional histories for the UW Oshkosh Credit Union and the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce.


For further information, contact Michelle Kuhl, internship coordinator, at, Sage 3626, (920) 424-7442.

Study Abroad

Office of International Education

Other study abroad opportunities. (This is a searchable database containing information on thousands of study abroad programs that might interest you… just pick a country)

Research and Publication

All history majors enroll in a senior research class–History 411, 412 or 413–which yields real-world experience in collecting, interpreting and explaining data.

Some students take the opportunity to engage in research internships.  Others have pursued collaborative research projects with history faculty and staff.  A number of recent collaborative research projects have received statewide and national recognition.

Contact your professors about these opportunities.