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.

Yixi Chen '16 in front of Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
Chen '16 reflects on her summer internship with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and how it relates to her potential career path.
Lindsey Scannell '07
Lindsey Scannell '07: my Pugh Grant funded my primary source research at France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Archives in Paris.
Carrie Kortegast '98
Carrie Kortegast '98: there’s so much you can do with a liberal arts degree, yet there’s so much to do with a liberal arts degree.