Not sure which path is right for you? Our Career Shadowing opportunity is designed for those individuals who are not in a place to commit to a longer term opportunity, or who are simply wanting to get a better understanding of the public history sector. Spend a few hours with a team member at the Utah Historical Society (UHS)!

Career Shadowing at UHS gives students and those transitioning careers an opportunity to connect with staff and stakeholders. From public history, to editing, archives, and everything in between, take a deep dive into what “doing history” in Utah looks like. Career Shadowing helps remove barriers of access to learning more about our organization by creating a platform to access UHS for anyone to use. This is a great opportunity for those who want to ask specific questions about a public history career and to get a better understanding of history work outside of the classroom.

  • This is a bi-annual, unpaid opportunity (Winter & Summer)
  • Interested applicants can fill out this form and mark which program(s) - listed below - they would like to shadow
  • Responses are then collated around the bi-annual dates and requests for shadowing are reviewed by the admin team and respective programs 
  • Programs will follow-up with Career Shadow requesters directly 

National History Day | Join the NHD team at a fall teacher workshop or spring competition to learn how teachers and students use the National History Day program to enhance learning. 

Peoples of Utah Revisited | This community driven initiative will have you connecting, partnering, and collaborating with a diverse network of people throughout Utah, including community organizations, educators, scholars, and many other Utahns.

Women's History Initiative |  The Women’s History Initiative seeks to deepen our collective understanding and appreciation of the many roles women play in Utah’s history. Career shadowing with the Initiative will give you a glimpse into community outreach, program development, and content creation.

Utah Historical Quarterly |  Published since 1928, the Utah Historical Quarterly is the state’s official history journal. With career shadowing, you get a glimpse of the day-to-day work involved in publishing a journal that's both scholarly and public facing.

Library & Collections | We have more than 32,000 artifacts, 30,000 books, 8,500 manuscript collections, 1,000,000+ photographs and 15,000 maps. In addition to preserving the state’s historic collections, our team runs the Engagement Room, an outlet for researchers and the public to engage with our collections in-person.

Museum of Utah | Find out what happens behind the scenes of one of the nation's last state history museums (as it's being constructed). A primer on exhibit and program design, operations, outreach and education, this is an opportunity to explore the basics of how museums serve their community.

Marketing & Communications | Get a behind the scenes look at day-to-day marketing and communications efforts at a state agency. Learn about collaboration, copy editing, creative storytelling, strategy and more to help share Utah's history.

Administration |  Learn the administrative team’s broader perspective to support the Utah Historical Society's mission. While involved in the agency’s details, we also must look ahead with a strategic lens.


For more information on career shadowing opportunities, please contact Brandi Burns at [email protected]