Professional Groups and Organizations for Students

American Historical Association: Encompasses every historical period and geographical area and serves professional historians in all areas of employment. Membership entitles all historians to a subscription for Perspectives in which various employment opportunities and current issues of note are published and discussed.

Organization of American Historians: The largest learned society devoted to the study of American history.

Illinois State Historical Society: The Illinois State Historical Society was founded in 1899 to support the Illinois State Historical Library and to encourage research and writing on subjects of Illinois history. Though independent of the State of Illinois and the Historical Library since 1997, the Illinois State Historical Society continues to actively promote the study of Illinois history. The Society encourages everyone from University scholars to local historians to take an active part in Illinois history. The Society is a not-for-profit organization which depends solely on membership dues, gifts, bequests, and foundation grants to support, preserve, and disseminate the story of Illinois and its people.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum: Of all of the presidential libraries and museums devoted to American presidents, only the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is managed by a state government agency. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum brings to life Abraham Lincoln’s story through immersive exhibits and displays of original artifacts.

Southern Historical Association: The Southern Historical Association was organized November 2, 1934. Its objectives are the promotion of interest and research in southern history, the collection and preservation of the South's historical records, and the encouragement of state and local historical societies in the South. As a secondary purpose the Association fosters the teaching and study of all areas of history in the South.

Hemingway Society: The Ernest Hemingway Foundation was established in 1965 by Mary Hemingway, Ernest’s widow, “for the purposes of awakening, sustaining an interest in, promoting, fostering, stimulating, supporting, improving, and developing literature and all forms of literary composition and expression.” Within that context, the Foundation’s activities have emphasized “the promotion, assistance and coordination of scholarship and studies relating to the works and life of the late Ernest Hemingway.”

Model Illinois Government: The purpose of the organization is to get people involved and aware of what occurs in politics in all branches of the government. The group works on researching bills, practicing speaking skills, and learning all the in's and out's of politics from party ideologies to what certain party leaders do.

Model United Nations: It is one of the finest tools that Millikin University has for teaching international relations, diplomacy, debate and all the functional skills necessary for public interaction in an international setting. The program is a student-run club and is financed mostly by the student government.

Moot Court: Millikin University participates each spring in the moot court competition that is held as part of the Model Illinois Government simulation. The simulation is educational in the best and fullest sense of the word.

Washington D.C. Opportunities: Students are placed according to their interests and career goals, with federal agencies, congressional or judicial offices, public interest groups, nonprofit organizations, etc. The internship allows students to integrate academic theory with practice in an applied situation.

Performance Learning

History Internships

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
112 N 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Decatur Genealogical Society
356 North Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522
Contact: 217-429-0135

Macon County Historical Society Museum
5880 North Fork
Decatur, IL 62521
Contact: David Tomlin, Barbara Morrell, Dale Irwin
Phone: 217-422-4919

Possible internship opportunities available in the following areas:

  • Living History (work with elementary school students)
  • Restoration of Historical RR depot
  • Construction of exhibits

Criminal justice internships 

Criminal Justice Minors are required to complete an internship that bridges the theory into practice within the field.

Be sure to fill out the Criminal Justice Internship Application.

Identified internships include:

  • Teen Court
  • Truancy Court
  • Public Defender's Office
  • Probation
  • Sheriff's Office
  • Decatur Police Department
  • Juvenile Justice Judge
  • District Attorney's Office
  • Truancy Review Board Member

Political science internships 

While our internships can be arranged through the department, a Washington Semester program through American University or The Washington Center, or during a study abroad semester, for all students internships are a highlight of the undergraduate experience. Millikin students also intern as part of the Chicago Center's program.

All Millikin political science students are required to complete at least one 3-credit internship (PO 371) of 120 hours in length prior to graduation, but we encourage all of our students to obtain as much practical experience as possible. Students should complete BOTH of the following forms and contact a faculty member to supervise the internship. Internship opportunities are available on the local, state, national, and international levels.

Internships allow students to test their classroom skills, apply their political science knowledge, and experience the opportunities available to them. We keep in contact with our alumni, creating a network of Millikin political scientists who will help each other with internships and employment.

Internship Reflections

[[{"attributes":{},"fields":{}}]]Tasha Leonard interview with St. Louis Alderman

How did you obtain your internship? What was the process?

I actually met my boss through job shadowing my father, Brian Leonard. He had done a lot of work politically being a lobbyist at Ameren. I was at his function and started speaking with Mr. McMillan about what he did as the License Collector and his past responsibilities as an Alderman. I told him I was interested in politics and he told me right away if I can ever help you let me know. Later in the year when I couldn't find work and wanted some experience for summer I gave Mr. McMillan a call. I went over to his office and met a former intern, now turned employee, who also attended Millikin for two years and was very excited to meet me. Then I met my supervisor Charlotte Ottley. I looked up Mr. McMillan and Charlotte Ottley and both had resumes out of this world so naturally I was nervous.

Where are or did you intern? Briefly, what does/did your internship entail?

I interned at St. Louis City Hall in the Office of the License Collector of Michael McMillan and St. Louis Community Empowerment Foundation (STLCEF). At his office I did media, administrative duties, planning, meetings, communications, and helped with events. With STLCEF I dealt with outreach, communication, speaking with the public and volunteering. In addition, I interned for Alderwoman Kacie Starr Triplett. I did event planning, and a Renter's Know Your Right Meeting where I planned it and then ran the meeting for a local low income and rehab housing unit in the St. Louis Area. At this meeting I met with the renters, attorneys and police officers to make sure all their needs were met as a tenant in St. Louis.

What aspects of your internship do/did you enjoy most? Find most challenging?

I enjoyed the volunteering and going to the Alderman Board meeting. I enjoyed the volunteering because it is great when you get to see a change in your community. I got to help planning which made it even more special. I am a big kid at heart so when I got to give prizes to the kids and teach them how important education was and interact; I was in my job heaven. In addition, seeing the politicians at the board meeting come out of their mask of pure professionalism was interesting. When you see people true passions come out it shows you a whole different prospective of legislation and government officials. I think the most challenging part of my internship is that my supervisor put a lot of trust in me to get big projects done efficiently and with a quality outcome. It was not so much a challenge, but a change in roles. Being a student you're told what to do, you do it to the best of your ability and turn it in. In my internship they gave me the project said plan it, organize it, come up with your creative ideas and present it to us this is all on you. It was just a different type of pressure, but a great experience to learn about organization, communication, work ethic and goals.

How does/did your internship relate to what you have been studying at Millikin?

Being a Political Science major I got to see how the local government works. I got to experience legislation and political basics that you cannot always get out of the text book. There is nothing like getting the experience hands on. In addition, I got to see how government agencies and non-profits work together to create a sustainable community.

Has your internship given you any insight into what you would like to do upon graduating from Millikin?

I think my internship gave me insight on what I have to accomplish to do what I want in the political field. Before this summer I did not want to get a law degree nor did I want to obtain a Masters. I talked to the Aldermen and my Supervisor and they think it is important to carry on in higher education as long as it will benefit me positively once I get out. After talking to Professor Gentry about a Masters Degree, she suggested one in Public Administration which I now have been looking up to see if this is what I'm interested in. I think internships give you a way to see if what you're majoring in and dreaming of is something you want to do, and it becomes your road map of what you should do after graduation.