For students interested in receiving practical, hands-on experience during their studies, we offer a number of courses and archival or institutional internships designed to introduce students to the fields of archives, museums, and historic sites. Internships, over the years, have included:

  • working with the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network, researching and producing articles on the Anglophone history of the Eastern Townships;
  • working in the Eastern Townships Resource Centre Archives (located on campus) to produce fonds or other archival records;
  • working for the Sports Centre in producing a history of the Bishop’s men’s and women’s basketball teams for display in the teams’ locker rooms;
  • working for the Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society to produce an exhibit for display in their temporary exhibits room at the Uplands Cultural Centre.
  • producing the videos for this web page as the department’s social media intern

We also offer research internships for students who are interested in: expanding their particular research pursuits beyond the class essays, working with professors on their research projects, preparing for graduate studies.

Students sharing their internship experience

I spent my 2019 Winter semester completing an institutional internship with the Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society (LAHMS). My job was to solicit photograph donations to the LAHMS archives. In my hunt for old photographs, I visited local retirement facilities, contacted community organizations, and interviewed with local media. I gained practical experience in the archives field by working with their photograph index, searching through their collection, and corresponding with archivists across Canada who had embarked on similar projects. The stories that accompanied the photographs were captivating and it was fascinating to learn more about history of the community just outside of Bishop’s!

Jazmine Aldrich '19
Jazmine Aldrich ’19 – Completed an HIS institutional internship for credit with the Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society (LAHMS)

My experience in the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) internship during the Winter semester, 2019, allowed me to develop my historical knowledge and mobilise it to benefit the Quebec anglophone community within and beyond the Eastern townships. Throughout the semester I conducted self-directed thematic research of five unique regions of Quebec with anglophone heritage. I presented my findings in an interactive format for readers of QAHN’s five online publications. I also researched and wrote an article on the Sherbrooke Winter prison for Quebec Heritage News, QAHN’s quarterly heritage journal. The prison is a fascinating heritage site that has yet to be restored by the Quebec Government. It could greatly benefit the Townships community in the future through both education and tourism. I was able to meaningfully contribute to Anglophone knowledge of the Prison as much information on it is only provided in French.

Duncan Crabtree
Duncan Crabtree ’20 – Completed an HIS institutional internship for credit with the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN)