American University’s MA Public History program allows students to shape their education in order to best prepare for the careers that interest them most in the field of public history. Through the work experience gained through internships and in the public history practicum, students build relationships with institutions and professionals that form pathways to exciting professional careers.
The alumni and alumnae of AU’s program can be found across the country in a diverse array of accomplished positions. They hold careers at institutions such as the National Museum of American History, the National Library of Medicine, the Nantucket Preservation Trust, the Southern Oral History Program, and the National Museum of the American Indian. Many progress to Ph.D. programs at schools like Brown University, Emory University, and UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as here at AU.
Where can you find AU Public History alums? See below for just a few examples of some of our graduates' achievements.
In and Around Washington, DC
- American Historical Association, Deputy Director
- Anacostia Community Museum, Program Coordinator
- Coalition to Protect America's National Parks, Communications and Advocacy Director
- DC Oral History Collaborative, Consulting Oral Historian and Project Manager
- HumanitiesDC, Curator of Digital Collections
- National Archives and Records Administration, Archives Technician
- National Museum of African American History and Culture, Curatorial Assistant at the Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts
- NPR, Historian and Grantwriter for Research, Archives, and Data Strategy
- National Trust for Historic Preservation, Associate Director of Publications and Programs
- White House Historical Association, Education Manager
Around the Country
- Atlanta History Center (Atlanta, GA), Exhibition Project Manager
- Bainbridge Island Historical Museum (Bainbridge Island, WA), Executive Director
- Maryland Historical Society (Baltimore, MD), Digital Education Manager
- Owls Head Transportation Museum (Owls Head, ME), Curator
- Thinc Design (New York, NY), Interpretive Planner
- University at Albany Archives and Special Collections (Albany, NY), Supervisory Archivist
Katrina Wioncek (MA ’18) started at CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, IN as a collections intern after graduation, before being hired on full-time as the museum's Social Media and Media Relations Coordinator. Now, Wioncek manages CANDLES’ media presence to ensure that the institution can continue to spread its message, advocating for peace and remembrance of the Holocaust.
Samantha Hunter (MA ’17) has held a number of positions in museum education since graduation and currently works as the Education Outreach Manager at the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence, RI. At RIHS, Hunter collaborates with teachers to develop resources and materials for classroom learning, in addition to coordinating the state’s National History Day contest.