The History Lynk: Classroom to Career

A lifetime of critical inquiry and engagement with the world

The history curriculum at Mount Holyoke College empowers students with skills applicable to a wide variety of careers and internships, from public history and academia to business, public service, and the professions. The opportunity to use historical thinking begins well before graduation, however, with students connecting their campus work to College-supported internship opportunities available in the local area, across the country and even abroad. Students are also encouraged to consult the College’s Lynk website for more information on how to plan a summer internship. The stories of our alumnae demonstrate that the study of history offers far more than the beginning of a career path. An education in history sustains a lifetime of critical inquiry and engagement with the world, using knowledge of the past to understand better the challenges of the present and the needs of tomorrow.

Ruth A. Miller '97 PhD, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Boston
Ruth A. Miller '97: Twenty years ago, the History Department prepared me for an academic career, It’s difficult to overstate how grateful I am.
Emily Wells ’15—Curatorial Intern at Colonial Williamsburg
Emily Wells ’15: I researched toys and toy companies, wrote up my findings in brief reports and added them to the database, along with other materials.
Rita Kerbaj '14
Rita Kerbaj ’14: My Spanish minor gave me access to opportunities in emerging markets and the confidence to pursue them as a leader at a top startup.