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Internships & Research

Coe offers many opportunities for you to intern and study off-campus. These opportunities are particularly rich for history students.


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Cedar Rapids, as the second largest city in Iowa, offers abundant opportunities for internships, particularly in the field of history. History students have worked at the African-American Historical Museum of Iowa, National Czech and Slovak Museum, Brucemore Estate, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Marion Historical Society. 

In addition, history majors have interned in law firms, at the Office of the United States Attorney, in the offices of Iowa members of Congress and with major companies in the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area. Coe's Career Services staff does a wonderful job of matching students with internships in their fields of interest.

Off-Campus Academic Study

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Coe has many strong programs for study off-campus, many of which are a perfect match for history majors. Coe's overseas exchange programs are partnered with universities in Japan, China, Thailand, South Korea, Ghana, Turkey, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, England and Quebec (Canada). In addition, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, the consortium of highly selective colleges of which Coe is a member, has study abroad programs in Costa Rica, Japan, India, Botswana, England and Italy, as well as domestic programs in Chicago and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The college also has semester-long programs in New York City and Washington, D.C. 

Of course, there are many other programs through which students can create the off-campus study experience of their dreams. The History Department strongly supports off-campus study as a valuable part of a Coe College education.

May Term Courses

Each May, Coe faculty take groups of students to the corners of the globe, offering unique opportunities to expand student experience and make our world into a classroom. Recent May Term courses at Coe, which last three and a half weeks, have included travel to the Bahamas, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Spain, Korea, Japan, China, Vietnam and many U.S. destinations.

History faculty have offered travel courses to Greece, Sicily, Japan, Korea and Vietnam, as well as to domestic locations, and more May Term courses with a focus on history and culture are planned for the coming years. May Terms are a wonderful, simple and affordable way for you to travel and study beyond the borders of Coe and to do it with fellow students and enthusiastic faculty members.

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