AHA Career Development Program

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

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 unexpected places. Well, unexpected to the uninitiated. For our historians, success beyond the academy is the expectation, not the exception.

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

Career Development Brown Bag Workshops

Targeted. Skills building. Outcome driven. Attend one of our workshops and leave with new skills the same day.

  • “Truth in Interpretation,” Steve Sitton, Historic Site Administrator, Missouri State Parks
    Friday, March 1, 1-2 pm, 101 Katz Hall
  • Making Meetings Productive, John Herron, Professor of History and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, UMKC
    Tuesday, March 5, 12-1 pm, 215 Cockefair Hall
  • Careers in Academic Admin, Chelsea Dahlstrom, Grants & Contracts Administrator, UMKC
    Tuesday, March 12, 11 am-12 pm, 215 Cockefair Hall
  • Editing Workshop, Linda Mitchell, Professor of History, UMKC
    Thursday, March 14, 12-1 pm, 215 Cockefair Hall
  • Working in Consular Services, Tryg Has-Ellison, Consular Service Officer
    Tuesday, April 9, 3-4 pm, 215 Cockefair Hall
  • From CV to Resume, LaRae Vowiell, Employer Relations Coordinator, Career Services, UMKC
    Wednesday, April 17, 12-1 pm, 105 Cockefair Hall

Chatting with Curators

Kansas City is home to world-class museums, arts spaces, and cultural heritage sites. 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 with the Live-in Curator, Steve Sitton, Historic Site Administrator at the Thomas Hart Benton Home, 3616 Belleview Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111
    Tuesday, February 26, 5-6:30 pm
  • 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 pm

Career Development Cohort

Funded in part by the American Historical Association’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.