Career Development

Historical thinking fosters creativity, insight, and analysis — the same in-demand skills needed at workplaces across the globe. Our Career Development Program provides graduate students with opportunities to leverage these skills into meaningful and productive careers.

A degree in history means you will be exceptionally well-prepared for a career in the academy or other research area. But did you know your advanced history degree can also help you develop quantitative literacy, as well as outstanding communication, collaboration and digital literacy skills?

Learn about careers for history graduates

Whether interning with the Chiefs, working for the Missouri Humanities Council or creating award-winning documentaries in the Kemper Digital Lab, UMKC history students find success in a variety of workplaces. For our historians, success beyond the academy is the expectation; not the exception.

As such, we are committed to preparing students for success in a broad range of fields by providing these initiatives.

  • Intensive training opportunities in career development
  • Networking events connecting our students with the cultural resource management community in the Kansas City region
  • A showcase for the talents of our students and graduates

Career Development Resources

Learn more about our career-focused workshops, networking opportunities and programs

Attend one of our workshops and leave with new skills the same day.

  • Working in Consular Services, Tryg Has-Ellison, Consular Service Officer
    Tuesday, April 9, 3-4 p.m., 215 Cockefair Hall
  • From CV to Resume, LaRae Vowiell, Employer Relations Coordinator, Career Services, UMKC
    Wednesday, April 17, 12-1 p.m., 105 Cockefair Hall
  • Alumni and Networking Event, Friday, April 30, time TBD

Interested in a career in museums and other public facing organizations? Join us as we greet, meet, and chat with movers and shakers in the metro’s museum world.

  • Chatting in the Suburbs with Mindi Love, Andrew Gustafson and Anne Jones of the Johnson County Museum, 8788 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66212
    Tuesday, April 9, 5-6:30 p.m.

Funded in part by the AHA's Career Diversity Initiative, our career development cohort puts UMKC graduate students in contact with members of Kansas City’s business, cultural resources management and academic community. In addition, members of the cohort work on personalized projects to improve their professional profile and skills. Look for future posts, videos and a retrospective panel discussion at the department’s year-end celebration.