National History Day in Colorado is a social studies and literacy program that equips students in elementary, middle, and high school with the skills necessary to succeed in college and the real world. Students participate in a project-based learning curriculum that emphasizes critical reading and thinking, research, analysis, and the drawing of meaningful conclusions. Students can complete these projects in groups or as individuals in one of five categories: documentary, paper, exhibit, performance, or website. They then compete in one of our fifteen regions across the state in either the junior (middle school) or senior (high school) division, or in the elementary poster contest (4th and 5th graders). Regional winners compete at the State Contests in May on the University of Colorado Denver campus. First and second place state winners compete in Nationals at the University of Maryland, College Park in June.
National History Day in Colorado reaches nearly 25,000 students across the state each year. We also provide teacher trainings, research field trips, supply grants, classroom resources, scholarship opportunities for students, and graduate and continuing professional education courses for teachers. Please visit nationalhistorydayincolorado.org for more information.
**We are recruiting college student to work in middle and high school classrooms (depending on school restrictions, this may be in-person, online, or hybrid) with students to make their NHDC projects as good as possible. This includes assisting with narrative development, thesis development, analysis, research and writing, critical thinking, drawing conclusions, etc.
This internship will begin as soon as mid- to late-September and continue through the spring semester. We offer both elective credit through the history department, as well as a stipend.
We employ students from universities across the state to serve as NHDC interns. Please note that if you are not a CU Denver student, we cannot provide college credit, though your home university may be able to. Please talk to your degree advisor for more details. We will provide stipends for all interns.
Specific Responsibilities include:
-Mentoring students weekly on their History Day projects by: helping develop key elements, including a thesis, annotated bibliography, and process paper, as well as the projects themselves; guiding research and analysis of primary and secondary sources; providing constructive criticism and positive feedback through the various project levels; and helping prepare for interviews.
-Building a professional relationship with the host teacher.
-Accompanying students to regional and state contests for support.
-Volunteering at a regional and/or state contest.
-Attending debriefing sessions with the NHDC staff.
-Interns must have the ability to work independently and possess a strong work ethic.
-Effective oral and written communication skills.
-Demonstrate general knowledge in the humanities and language arts
-Pass a background check
-Have sophomore, junior, or senior standing, or be a graduate student
How to Apply:
There will be 15-20 available internships across the state. You do not need to be a history major. Students must apply and submit an application packet by September 24, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Application packets must include the questionnaire, resume and cover letter, and letter or recommendation. Application can be submitted here: https://forms.gle/6jpMrNGkdoEHMzcZ6
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