Practical experience greatly enhances traditional classroom education and, therefore, the History Department strives to connect students with as many opportunities as possible. This listing will be updated every three months, so we advise you to check back often and pay close attention to deadlines. For further help, contact the CU Denver Experiential Learning Center. For tips on writing a resume or cover letter, click here.
About: The Education through Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (EURēCA!) Program offers highly competitive research opportunities.
Opportunitie(s): These are some of the many research opportunities available:
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) The CU Denver Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is a competitive program designed to financially support research projects for CU Denver undergraduate students. Full grants and mini grants are available.
EUReCA! WS Program Handbook.pdf The EURēCA! Work-Study Program facilitates the use of work-study financial aid assistance by undergraduates pursuing professionally relevant research, creative, or other scholarly activities, while being supervised and mentored by CU Denver faculty from either the CU Denver or CU AMC campus. Search "EUReCA!" on Handshake to find current positions.
EUReCA! Fellows Program The EURēCA! Fellows Program is a highly competitive summer fellowship that provides a small number of CU Denver undergraduates with a $4,000 stipend to conduct original research, creative, or other scholarly activity in the field of their declared major under the supervision of a CU Denver or CU AMC faculty mentor. Fellows are expected to work full time (40 hours weekly) during June and July, inclusive of the hours of required professional development and research trainings. All disciplines are welcome and encouraged to apply! We will have 8 EURēCA! Fellows and expect this to be a very competitive award. Applications are due March 15th! Click HERE to access the student application. Click HERE to access the faculty supplement to the student application.
EUReCA! Entering Research Course This introductory research course helps prepare students interested in entering the field of research by focusing on professional development as it relates to research. Geared towards freshmen, this course equips students with soft skills necessary for the research environment. Contact your research advisor for more information.
EUReCA! Travel Grant Apply for up to $1500 for travel to a research conference to present your work. All disciplines are welcome. (Please note: Stay tuned for the 2020 application cycle!)
Take an Independent Study Earn academic credit while exploring an area of interest under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Students are responsible for selecting their area of inquiry and are required to produce a finished research paper or other significant academic assignment.
Apply for Local, Regional, and National Opportunities. Find research opportunities as well as national summer fellowships. The list below is a great place to start, but many more programs exist. Ask your research advisor if you have questions about finding opportunities.
About: The Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House focuses on scholarship, research, lectures, tours and exhibits that expand the understanding and collective memory of the history of women in Colorado. Most importantly, the Center is connecting local stories to the broader stories of women’s history worldwide. The Byers-Evans House has been the home to inspiring women since 1883. It has been beautifully restored to the era of 1912-1924 and is furnished with the Evans family's belongings. Guided house tours weave together the stories of the many women who lived and worked in the home and the impact of the families on early Denver.
Opportunitie(s): The Women’s History Fall Fellowship at the Center for Colorado Women's History (CCWH) at the Byers-Evans House Museum. CCWH invites scholars, activists and artists who are engaged in the generation and collection of knowledge to help inform the understanding of women in Colorado’s history, specifically through the interdisciplinary lenses and methodologies of women’s studies, gender studies, and/or race and ethnic studies. This fellowship is offered the Fall each year. The application opens in the early spring each year. Find the application here.
About: Established in 1879, History Colorado is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and an agency of the State of Colorado under the Department of Higher Education. We offer access to cultural and heritage resources including statewide Community Museums, programs for families and adults, stewardship of Colorado’s historic treasures, and resources for students and teachers. We provide programs and services related to historic preservation and archaeology as well as access to a vast collection of archives, artifacts, and historical photography.
At History Colorado we strive to be a place of belonging for all Coloradans and to serve as a platform for community connection. We’re committed to Colorado’s diverse communities through new engagement programs such as We Are Colorado, and we know we’re succeeding when more voices, perspectives, and experiences are part of History Colorado.
History Colorado is a Smithsonian Affiliate, a partnership that gives History Colorado access to Smithsonian resources such as traveling exhibitions. The partnership also gives reciprocal admission discounts at other affiliate museums to History Colorado members who hold Smithsonian Affiliate–level memberships.
Opportunitie(s): New listings coming soon.
About: El Pueblo History Museum showcases the region’s many cultural and ethnic groups through innovative exhibits including the Borderlands of Southern Colorado and the award-winning Children of Ludlow. The property includes a re-created 1840s adobe trading post and plaza, and the archaeological excavation site of the original 1842 El Pueblo trading post.
Opportunitie(s): New listings coming soon.
About: Fort Vasquez is open again - with a fresh new look and programs. Visit the site of an 1835 fur-trading fort and follow the paths of founders Louis Vasquez and Andrew Sublette, who hired mountain men like Jim Beckwourth and Baptiste Charbonneau at their adobe outpost on the South Platte River frequented by the Cheyenne, Arapaho and Lakota people.
Opportunities: New listings coming soon.
About: The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.
During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.
Opportunities: Applicants should use the following two resources to familiarize themselves with the program requirements and locations before applying.
About: Discover Denver has great opportunities for historic preservation, history, urban planning or urban design students to get real-world experience and make an impact on a dynamic and important project. Discover Denver is a citywide building survey focused on identifying buildings that are historically, architecturally or culturally significant to Denver’s history. The survey documents the city’s individual buildings, the histories of its neighborhoods, and the stories important to its communities. Led by Historic Denver, Inc. and the City and County of Denver, the project is funded primarily by a grant from the Colorado State Historical Fund.
1) Field Survey Internship - Field survey interns assist in the planning and coordination of field survey efforts for the Discover Denver project. Interns will help supervise survey volunteers in the field, assist with management of the survey database and proprietary software, and help with evaluation of surveyed properties. Rolling application deadline. Apply Now!
2) Outreach Internship - The outreach intern will assist in the planning and execution of outreach and community engagement efforts for the Discover Denver project. Responsibilities include generating content for Discover Denver social media accounts and ensuring that the content of the project website is current and engaging. Rolling application deadline. Apply Now!
About: Adventures in Preservation is a non-profit organization offering volunteer and experiential travel opportunities through hands-on building conservation projects, which are held at a variety of locations. Our projects promote traditional building techniques as a sustainable practice; create an atmosphere of international understanding; and use historic preservation as a powerful tool for change.
Opportunities: New listings coming soon.
About: The Molly Brown House Museum stands as an enduring symbol of the turn of the 20thcentury in Denver. In the 1880s, the lucky few who made millions in the mountains, the railroads, or trade moved to the prestigious Capitol Hill neighborhood. This included Isaac and Mary Large who made their fortune in silver mining and built the house at 1340 Pennsylvania Avenue. They commissioned the well-known architect William Lang who combined the styles of Classic Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque to create a unique and eclectic home. The home contained all the modern technology of the day including electricity, indoor plumbing, heat, and telephone.
Shortly after its completion, the Larges became victims of the silver market crash. They sold their home to James Joseph “J.J.” and Margaret Brown in 1894. Over the next thirty years the Browns made changes to the house including the front porch, back porch, roof, and third floor. In 1898, J.J. transferred the title of the house into Margaret’s name. When Margaret was traveling she would often rent the house to wealthy families. In 1902, while the Browns were on a world trip, the home became the Governor’s mansion for James Orman and his family. Margaret continued renting until the declining neighborhood and the Great Depression forced her to turn the home into a boarding house under the supervision of her housekeeper, Ella Grable.
Upon Margaret’s death in 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, the house was sold. Subsequent owners altered the house dramatically, creating twelve separate spaces for roomers. In 1958, Art Leisenring purchased the house, renting rooms to gentlemen boarders. He later leased it to the city for use as a Jane Addams Hull home for girls. Leisenring however wanted to preserve the history of Margaret “Molly” Brown as she was being immortalized on stage and screen in the “Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Concerned about the urban renewal he was seeing happen in the neighborhood, a group of citizens led by Leisenring appealed to the Governor’s wife, Ann Love, for help.
On December 11, 1970, these citizens formed Historic Denver, Inc. and began a grass roots effort to save the Molly Brown House from demolition. Media appeals and other fundraising efforts allowed Historic Denver to purchase the “House of Lions” and begin restoration. Through paint analysis, architectural research, and studying original house photographs from 1910, the house has been carefully restored to its original Victorian splendor.
Opportunitie(s): New listings coming soon!
About: The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness. The Critical Language Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by American Councils for International Education.
The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.
- Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
- Arabic, Persian and Portuguese: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
- Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.
Opportunities: Apply here
About: The mission of the Denver Firefighters' Museum is to preserve the history of the Denver Fire Department and firefighting through the collection and preservation of artifacts, documents and photographs. The purpose of the Museum is to educate the public about fire safety and the history of firefighting in Denver from its inception to the present. This is accomplished through interpretive exhibits, educational programming and scholarly research. Education is the primary focus of programs at the Museum. Educational program content is guided by its relevance to the mission statement. Programs are designed to provide the participants with opportunities to understand how fire safety and prevention directly affect their daily lives.
Opportunities: Contact Jamie Wilms for internship inquiries.
About: The Denver Museum of Nature & Science envisions an empowered community that loves, understands, and protects our natural world.
Opportunitie(s): New listings coming soon.
About: Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, initiatives of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. It draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including: sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.
Scholarships - The Boren Scholarships national application deadline for 2020 is coming soon. Please see your campus representative for your earlier on-campus deadline. Please visit how to apply for more information on application process.
Maximum scholarship awards are:
- $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum)
- $10,000 for a semester
- $20,000 for a 6 - 12 months
Fellowships - Boren Fellowships are made for a minimum of 12 weeks overseas and a maximum of one year overseas. Boren Fellowships promote long term linguistic and cultural immersion. Therefore, preference will be given to applicants proposing overseas programs of 6 months or longer. However, applicants proposing overseas programs of 3-6 months are encouraged to apply. Boren-funded programs can begin no earlier than June 1 of the application year. Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study.
In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the overseas component. The maximum award for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000. Please review the budget guidelines for more information.
The Boren Fellowships national application deadline is coming soon. Please see your campus representative for your earlier on-campus deadline. For more information on the application process, please visit, how to apply.
Boren Fellowships applicants will be notified of their status in mid-to-late April.
About: 9News Intern Program. Do you consume news 24/7? Want to learn what it takes to produce daily content? Interested in shaping the future of the media industry? Apply for the 9NEWS Fall Intern Program!
TEGNA is a large, public media company with a portfolio that includes 46+ TV stations. We’re committed to developing the next generation of media industry leaders. Our paid internship program gives students an opportunity to explore career paths across TEGNA. Participants will gain valuable real-world experience alongside some of the most senior and celebrated journalists in the country and have the chance to build a network that will be invaluable throughout their careers. Come join us in the adventure!
- Produce engaging content for all platforms
- Use social media and other tools to understand audience’s needs
- Demonstrate a desire to learn as much as possible about a career in media
- Assist as needed in the newsroom
Opportunities: 9News Intern
- Degree-seeking student currently enrolled at a college or university; preference is for juniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who will be rising seniors during their internship summer
- Passion for storytelling
- Strong writing and social media skills
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
About: Golden History Museum & Park engages and inspires visitors through preserving and sharing Golden’s history. Founded in 1938 as the Jefferson County Historical Museum, today GHM&P is a cultural campus in downtown Golden. The Golden History Museum is a dynamic, modern museum with changing exhibits, a research library, artifact lab, children’s hands-on gallery, and multi-use theater. The Golden History Park is a three-acre outdoor learning lab with historic and reproduction buildings that replicate a 19th century mountain homestead.The museum’s acclaimed educational programming includes the award-winning Building Coloradoclassroom outreach program for third- and fourth-graders, Hands-on History Summer Camp, and Golden City Trading Post field trip experience. A multitude of public programs for adults including lectures, tours, film screenings, and more are offered year-round. Additionally, the museum is steward of the City’s collection of historic objects, documents, books, maps, newspapers and photographs.
We encourage you to explore and enjoy. You’ll find that Golden History Museum & Park offers something for everyone in your family and is a place you can visit time and again. Come see something new every day.
Opportunities: The Golden History Museum currently has no internships availabe. However, they are always accepting volunteers who play an important role in the interpretation of Golden's History. They are specifically looking for Historic Park Interpreters and Visitor Engagement Specialists. For More information, please click here. To complete the volunteer application, please click here.