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Resume Template

Template for a Resume for Public History Students

Study all the details here: the headers, the format, the advice Your Name
Your Postal Address
Your Phone Number (make sure your voice-mail message sounds professional)
Your E-mail Address (make sure your e-mail name is professional)

Master of Arts in Public History, University of South Carolina, expected May 2013. Concentration: Historic Preservation.
Certificate in Museum Management, University of South Carolina, expected December 2013.
Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia, May 2008. Major: History.

Professional Experience Include your graduate assistantship, internship, and any work experience connected to your professional goals. Do not include work unrelated to your professional goals, just to demonstrate that you worked hard to put yourself though college. Do not list a professional “objective.”

Publications, Public History Reports, Museum Exhibits Include articles under submission, National Register nominations, co-authored group projects, products of your assistantship and internship, as appropriate. Note reverse chronological order. Sample citational formats:

Survey of Cast-Iron Storefronts in Charleston’s Commercial District.  Report prepared for the Preservation Society of Charleston, April 2012.  Co-author.    Note italicized title of the public history report and co-author citational form.

Slavery at South Carolina College, 1801-1865: The Foundations of the University of South Carolina.  Co-author. Website researched and created in the Historic Site Interpretation course (History 789).  Initial website migrated to official USC site, Summer 2011:

"A Woman's Work is Never Done: Women in Government and Politics.” Exhibit curated at the Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina, March 2012.

University Neighborhood Historic District, Columbia, South Carolina. Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. 160 contributing properties. Prepared for the University Neighborhood Association, May 2004. Co-author.

Conference PresentationsNote reverse chronological order:

“Slavery and South Carolina College: Telling the History of Slavery at the University of South Carolina.”  Poster presented at the Organization of American Historians/National Council on Public History conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 2012.   Poster presentation.

“‘Saved by Outsiders’: The Architectural Impact of the ‘Second Yankee Invasion’ in Georgetown County, South Carolina.” Paper delivered at the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians conference, Charleston, October 2011.   Paper presentation.

Public Presentations
“Walking in the Past Lane: Slavery at South Carolina College, 1801-1865.”  Public forum at Richland County Public Library Local History Room, Columbia, February 2012.

Membership in Professional Societies List in alphabetical order:

  • National Council on Public History
  • South Carolina Federation of Museums
  • Vernacular Architecture Forum

Relevant Coursework List in order of relevance to the position you are seeking; include only the relevant:

  • Historic Site Interpretation
  • Introduction to Material Culture
  • Historic Preservation Practicum
  • Charleston Preservation Field School
  • Geographic Information Systems

Awards and Honors 
Recipient of the “Darrick Hart Award for Excellence in Public History” for 2012, given by the Public History Program, University of South Carolina.

Co-recipient of the “Student Project Award” for 2000 given by the National Council on Public History to recognize The Kiplin Hall Conservation Plan, a management plan written for a 300-year-old English country estate, site of the University of South Carolina field school in the United Kingdom.

References This is an optional category. Instead of using this category, you can say in your cover letter that references are available on request. This gives you the ability to use different references depending on the position description.

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