STUDENT RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES
The Lepage Center offers Villanova students range of opportunities to develop transferable skills and professional experience in history and communications.
The Lepage Center annually selects two “Lepage Fellows,” a graduate student and an undergraduate student. This year-long opportunity provides students with hands-on experience in event planning, programming and communications. Students interested in learning more about the fellowship should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 – 2022
- Hannah Bourne '22 MA
- Isaiah Kazunga '22 CLAS
2020 – 2021
- Lori Wysong '21 MA
- Jaylene Joseph '21 CLAS
- Jamie McClelland '21 CLAS
- Keeley Tulio '20 MA
- James Lyons '20 CLAS
- Andrea Spencer '19 MA
- Jubilee Marshall '19 CLAS
- Margaret Strolle '18 MA
- Claire Hoffman '18 CLAS
History Matters: A Series for Students
Created in collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Career Center, this annual three-part series of student-centered workshops offers guidance and skill-building advice for students at all stages of their Villanova education, from undeclared undergraduates, to history majors and minors, to graduate students. These events feature industry professionals, current and former Villanova students, and experts from the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Career Center and Professional Development.
Lunch at Lepage
Lunch at Lepage allows students and faculty at Villanova a weekly opportunity to examine current events and contemporary issues through the prism of history.
Each week a topic is selected based on conversations occurring within the news media, on social media, or among historians and academics. Students are then encouraged to think about the "history behind the headlines," and how historical scholarship or historical perspective can help better illuminate the selected topic or see it in a different light. The conversation occurs over a brownbag lunch in an open, welcoming and informal environment.
Past "Lunch @ Lepage" topics have included Presidential funerals, women in politics, the significance of heritage months, Open Access scholarship, the student loan crisis, history in the movies, blackface photographs in yearbooks and guilty pleasures.
Lunch at Lepage normally occurs from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Lepage Center, Room 410 of the St. Augustine Center on Villanova's campus, but has been on hold due to the pandemic.
Summer Internship Program
The Lepage Center partners with public-facing institutions across the country to offer paid summer internships to undergraduate and graduate students so that they can develop skills and gain experience working on historical projects that serve the public interest.
Interns work full-time (35 hours per week) for at least 8 weeks. The stipend for undergraduate internships is $4,000. The stipend for graduate internships is $5,000. Stipends are intended to cover housing, travel and daily living expenses—all arrangements and costs for which are the intern’s responsibility.
Each fall, the Lepage Center solicits institutional partners to host interns during the upcoming fall. The Center seeks to partner with institutions that will emphasize mentorship and demonstrate a plan for and commitment to interns' professional and intellectual development.
The intern's primary duties should engage the methods and skills of historians to address some aspect of the public interest. Internships should be mutually beneficial to interns and partner institutions. There are no geographic limitations to partner eligibility, and internship proposals may require work on-site, online or a mix of both. Internship examples include but are not limited to:
- research assistant for a policy research center
- project assistant for a program to analyze and re-envision the monumental landscape
- digitization assistant for making historical materials accessible to online readers
- editorial assistant for historical public writing projects
The application window for summer 2022 institutional partners is now closed.
The summer internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Villanova University. A background in history is preferred but not required. Students who are not currently history majors/minors should explain their interest and (where applicable) relevant experience in history, historic preservation, museum studies or archival work.
Applications for summer 2022 are currently closed.
The Lepage Center works in close partnership with Villanova’s Department of History, home to award-winning faculty whose expertise and shared a commitment to history in the public interest shape and inform our work.