Public History in Prague

Upper level undergraduates and graduate students interested in history, museums, archaeology, and international education can earn 6 credits during this faculty-led program in Prague. The program is four weeks long and includes an internship.

Teachers and students stand in front of the John Lennon wall in Prague.

Program Dates: June 24-July 25, 2020

June 22-23Online Course Components
June 24Arrival Day in Prague
June 25-July 10HI 390/642 Internship in Public History
July 13-24HI 463/563 Topics in History and Memory
July 25Departure Day

The internships will require student work in Spring 2020 before leaving for Prague and potentially following the internship course. We anticipate students will spend about 30 hours of time before traveling to Prague preparing for their internship. These preparations will include: identifying an internship institution and supervisor in consultation with the internship course instructor, digital communication with the internship institution, creating an internship proposal and work plan, and a few in-person meetings and video lectures prior to leaving for Prague.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2020

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The application may close early in the program fills. Apply early to ensure space is available.

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Scholarship Deadline: November 15

Students are encouraged to apply for NC State Scholarships through the Study Abroad Office.

Information Session:

Friday, November 8
12:00-1:00pm
Withers 331

Prague Becomes Your Classroom

In this unique and engaging program, students step outside the classroom to gain real life experience during an internship and to explore how collective memory develops. Students will experience guest lectures and numerous visits to museums, historic sites, and monuments throughout the city.

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About

Program Overview

These courses will explore the theory and practice of public history—oral history, historic preservation, museums, cultural heritage, and memory studies—in the local, national, and transnational contexts of Prague. Students will gain multidisciplinary perspectives about the significance of the past in the present as course material will also draw from anthropology, tourism studies, and education. Working closely with practicing historians and public history professionals, students will gain practical experience by working in an internship. Students will analyze historic sites in and around the city such as the Jewish Museum of Prague, the John Lennon Wall, Prague Castle, Vitkov Hill, Terezin Concentration Camp, and the Mayrau Mining Museum.

Academics

PrefixNameInstructorCredits
HI 390/642Internship in Public HistoryDr. Alicia McGill3
HI 463/563Topics in History and MemoryDr. Tammy Gordon3

Upper level undergraduates and graduate students interested in public history will learn about the long and rich history of Prague and the Czech Republic while working with professionals managing historical and cultural resources. The first two weeks will be an internship experience (HI 390/642). Working with internship faculty supervisor Assistant Professor of History Alicia McGill, Ph.D., students will identify, plan, and complete 150 hours of internship to provide practical experience in professional public history settings. In the next two weeks, Tammy Gordon, Ph.D., Professor of History at NC State will teach HI 463/563: Topics in History and Memory which focuses on the Czech Republic. Jaroslav Ira, Ph.D., Lecturer in the Institute of World History at Charles University in Prague, will join select classes and tours to offer a local perspective.

Internship

All students enrolled in the Public History in Prague program will take an internship course. Internships are now a common component of undergraduate and graduate education throughout the U.S and are standard for history majors and public history students nationwide. The internship courses are designed to provide students applied learning experiences and enable them to engage in professional history contexts. Conducting international internships in Prague will give students the opportunity to understand workplace environments in different cultural contexts and hone skills in communication and working with diverse populations which they can promote to future employers. Through the Public History in Prague program students will partner with organizations that conduct history-related work (e.g. museums, a professional archaeology organization, scientific research institutions, historic sites). Students will complete projects to assist these organizations in their missions and expand the students’ skill set. Potential projects include but are not limited to: assisting with tourism programming, developing historical interpretative materials, working with museum collections, museum outreach and education, developing marketing materials for historic places.

Housing

NC State Prague provides accommodations for all students participating in a program. Housing is located in the Žižkov neighborhood, in the Prague 3 district. It is a cosmopolitan area with a wide range of shops, cafes, restaurants, and cultural activities all within walking distance. A coffee shop is located on the ground floor of the building.

Eligibility

  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Open to non-NC State students
  • Must be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct
  • Must meet the minimum eligibility policy set forth by the Study Abroad Office
  • Must be at least a rising junior or graduate student

Cost

Admin Fee (due at time of application): $450
Summer 2020 Program Cost: $3,900

Total: $4,350

  • Tuition for 6 credit hours
  • Accommodations
  • Prague transportation pass
  • Cultural activities, field trips, site visits
  • Orientation materials and fees
  • International health insurance

  • International airfare
  • Meals
  • Passport fee
  • Textbooks and supplies
  • Personal expenses

Faculty Directors

Dr. Tammy Gordon, tsgordo2@ncsu.edu
Dr. Alicia McGill, aemcgill@ncsu.edu