Governors State University College of Arts and Sciences
Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
INTERNSHIP in the ARTHUR FLETCHER PAPERS
Index Number: HIST4800
Fall, 2014; 1-4 Credits; September 29-December 5, 2014
Instructor: Prof. David Hamilton Golland
Online Course Guide
Consists of field experience with an American history-related business or public agency. The student will work under the supervision of an individual at the internship agency and a member of the history faculty.
Restriction: Open to history majors with at least 24 hours of upper-division history credits; or in the final year of enrollment before graduation; and/or by permission of the instructor.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor and site supervisor.
Requirements: Prior to beginning the internship, students must complete the required internship application form, submit a detailed description of their planned activities and educational objectives for the internship, and make arrangements with an internship site to host them for the internship.
Rationale: An internship is an integral part of Governors State University's History program. The vast amount of history-related business or public agency resources located in the Chicago land and southern Chicago suburban area give our students a unique opportunity to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to a real-world setting, hone their public history skills, and begin developing a network of professional contacts.
Intended Audience: Students who wish to apply the theories, principles, and methods of historical study in a practical work environment. By participating in this course, students will learn both conceptual and applied approaches to the study of history and will be better prepared for a variety of history career opportunities.
Instructional Modality: Supervisory course.
Required Readings: A site-specific reading list will be developed in consultation with the faculty supervisor and on-site coordinator. The total readings should be approximately 150 -300 pages in length.
Student Learning Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Discuss how the workplace experience utilized the student’s historical training
Appraise internship activity.
Discuss how the educational objectives as defined in the internship application have been fulfilled.
Explain how academic training as a historian can be applied in professional workplaces and to advance the work of public history and/or academic institutions and organizations.
Evaluation: In order to pass the internship, students must fulfill their original educational objectives, receive a favorable review from their internship site supervisor, and submit all required assignments.
Internship-Specific Description: (Top)
Undergraduate interns will spend 50 hours per credit over 10 weeks (approx. 5 hours per week per credit) working with graduate intern Ryan Mahoney to assist in the cataloging of the Arthur Fletcher papers, a private historical collection consisting of approximately 100 digitized file boxes, or 250,000 pages. Tasks will include the examination and classification of historical documents; use of digital technology; and work on a finding aid, which will be published in digital and book form. Professor Golland will arrange opportunities for interns to discuss the project with GSU staff archivist Erin Engelbrecht and a possible field trip to a major research library in the Chicago area. The internship will conclude with the intern writing a brief reflective statement on the experience, discussing what was learned and how the project affected them personally, increased their knowledge of the past, and strengthened their skill set. Supervision will be conducted by Prof. Golland, Ms. Engelbrecht, and/or a graduate intern. Interns are highly encouraged to develop and complete thesis papers on Arthur Fletcher as part of HIST4920 (senior capstone II), for history majors; or for additional college credit with HIST4700 (Independent Study in History), for non-majors.
Interns will gain valuable experience in the organization of original archival materials and the historical process, which could lead to paid internships and career opportunities at an archive or library. Skills in the proper handling and classification of records and other archival materials are also useful for potential employees of government agencies and businesses such as law firms.
Arthur Fletcher (1924-2005), the first African-American player for the Baltimore Colts football team, served as an advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush, and served as Executive Director of the United Negro College Fund. Known as the “father of affirmative action,” Mr. Fletcher implemented the Revised Philadelphia Plan in 1969 for the integration of the building construction trades, the first federal affirmative action program. The Fletcher family has graciously allowed Prof. Golland to digitize Mr. Fletcher’s personal papers. Digitization was completed during summer 2014 thanks in part to Governors State University Research Grant.
A = excellent
B = good
C = satisfactory
F = unsatisfactory
Office Hours: (Top)
Please select a half-hour from the list of dates below and request an appointment.
Prof. Golland cannot guarantee that he will be available without an appointment.
Prof. Golland's office is in Hantack House, rm. 115.
Hantack House is the white farmhouse next to the red barn, near where alumni path crosses the main entrance road.
Tuesday, 8/26: 2:00-4:30
Thursday, 8/28: 2:00-4:30
Tuesday, 9/2: 2:00-4:30
Thursday, 9/4: 3:30-4:30
Tuesday, 9/9: 2:00-4:15
Thursday, 9/11: 2:00-4:30
Monday, 9/15: 2:00-4:30
Tuesday, 9/16: 2:00-4:30
Tuesday, 9/23: 2:00-4:30
Thursday, 9/25: 2:00-4:30
Tuesday, 9/30: 2:00-4:30
Wednesday, 10/1: 9:30-12:30
Tuesday, 10/7: 2:00-4:30
Thursday, 10/9: 4:00-5:00
Tuesday, 10/14: 3:15-4:30
Thursday, 10/16: 3:15-5:30
Tuesday, 10/21: 2:00-4:30
Thursday, 10/23: 2:00-4:30
Tuesday, 10/28: 2:45-4:30
Thursday, 10/30: 2:00-5:15
Monday, 11/3: 2:00-5:15
Tuesday, 11/4: 2:45-4:30
Tuesday, 11/11: 2:00-4:30
Thursday, 11/13: 2:00-4:30
Monday, 11/17: 2:00-4:30
Tuesday, 11/18: 2:00-4:30
Tuesday, 12/2: 2:00-4:30
Thursday, 12/4: 3:30-4:30
|Week ||Dates ||Assignment(s)|
|0 ||9/24 ||Meet w/Archivist, 2:00PM, C2311|
Meet with Grad Intern, 4:30PM, Hantack Conference Rm.
|1 ||9/27-10/3 ||TBA|
|2 ||10/4-10/10 ||TBA|
|3 ||10/11-10/17 ||TBA|
|4 ||10/18-10/24 ||TBA|
|5 ||10/25-10/31 ||TBA|
|6 ||11/1-11/7 ||TBA|
|7 ||11/8-11/14 ||TBA|
|8 ||11/15-11/21 ||TBA|
|9 ||11/22-11/28 ||TBA|
|10 ||11/29-12/5 ||TBA|
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Contact Information: (Top)
David Hamilton Golland
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of History and Social Sciences
Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
Governors State University
Office Location: Hantack 115
The New York Times Online
Professor Golland's Website
Arthur Fletcher Ford Administration Portrait courtesy Gerald R. Ford Presidential Archive, National Archives and Records Administration, Ann Arbor, MI.
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Last Updated 11 June 2017 (DHG)