Program Introduction

Established during the 2001-2002 academic year, the National Institute of American History and Democracy (NIAHD) is a partnership between the College of William and Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Almost 300 students--both at William and Mary and from other colleges and universities--have enrolled in NIAHD's certificate program in early American history, material culture, museum studies, and public history. In 2017, 8 students graduated with the NIAHD certificate. The program is open to any interested William and Mary undergraduate; visiting students can attend for either 1 or 2 semesters.

Degrees Offered

  • Other

Program Strengths

  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Other

Financial Aid Available

In-state tuition for Virginia residents

Financial assistance available for costs of out-of-state tuition

Internship Requirements

NIAHD internships enable students to earn 3 credit hours while gaining hands-on experience working at a museum or historic site. These internships are available to both William & Mary students and visiting students during the Fall and Spring semesters each academic year. Students work with NIADH’s Director of Internships to establish an internship that fits their interests and career goals. Each NIAHD intern works with a supervisor to define a project and spends 10-12 hours per week during the semester at his/her internship. There is an in-class component to the internship that involves readings and discussions focused on key issues in public history and written assignments.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • The Tidewater Plantation Research Project
  • The Lemon Project:  A Journey of Reconciliation
  • The Fairfield Foundation
  • Historic Jamestowne
  • Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation