A key part of the Center’s mission is supporting academic achievement through education. Being part of a thriving university gives us an opportunity to train not only future archive users and Arkansas historians, but also to prepare the next generation of archival professionals. In pursuit of that mission, we offer graduate assistantships and internships for students interested in gaining practical experience in archives.
The Center has partnered with the Univeristy of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of History to provide graduate assistantships that offer financial assistance and hands-on experience for students in the University’s Master of Arts in Public History program.The Public History graduate program at UALR trains students to work in museums, archives, historical preservation programs, and a variety of other public and private organizations. The program’s graduates have an excellent record of finding jobs at these institutions, including the William J. Clinton Presidential Library located in Little Rock.
At CAHC, graduate assistants work directly with the archivists and gain on-the-job learning that is augmented by readings on the theory and practice of archives. Upon completing an assistantship, each student has a portfolio of finished work demonstrating a set of competencies critical to the archival profession, including processing and digitization for the purpose of public dissemination of history and culture.
Find more about University of Arkansas at Little Rock Master of Arts in Public History program at ualr.edu/history/.