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Career Planning

Your history major will prepare you for employment in a wide variety of fields, but jobs will usually not seek you out. Whether you already have a job or are seeking a full-time position for the first time, you will need to prepare for a new career after you graduate. We can help!

You can start your career path inside the department by talking to our advisors and to your faculty mentor. If you intend to pursue educator licensure, it is vital that you connect with our program as soon as possible. If you are interested in law, check out our accelerated law program in partnership with the NIU College of Law and schedule a visit with our pre-law advisor. If you think you might want to pursue graduate study, visit our director of graduate studies. You might also consider a career in public history. To find out more about that path, contact our public history advisor

The department will help you along your journey towards an initial or a new career, but you can also make use of all the resources the university has to offer. If you are not pursuing one of the dedicated programs inside the department, you should connect with Career Services as early as possible. We also encourage you to participate in First and Second Year Experience, whether you are an incoming student or a transfer. There you will learn vital skills that will help you both at NIU and after.

Job postings

  • The Elmhurst History Museum is looking to hire a Curator of Exhibits. Under general supervision of the Museum Director, the Curator of Exhibits designs, constructs and prepares exhibits for display at the Elmhurst History Museum, as well as satellite locations, in collaboration with museum staff, community partners and volunteers. The Curator of Exhibits has overall responsibility for the development and management of all aspects of the museum’s exhibit program, including development and integration of interactive technology, including hands on components for museum displays. The Curator provides leadership and support to partner with the community and engage others with the mission of the museum. The position supervises the work of volunteers, contractors, students and interns. Only online applications will be accepted. Submit completed application and resume online at: or Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of a background check and post offer drug screen and physical. Applications accepted through 2/11/2018.


As part of your preparation, you might consider an internship. For students interested in history-related internships, we help arrange placements under HIST 396. Contact Prof. Stanley Arnold for more information. The university will also help you find a suitable placement. Internship positions can turn into employment after the placement ends, so they are worthwhile to pursue. Even if they do not end in a job, they will give you vital skills and experiences that will aid in your job search. 

Internship opportunities

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