"I was the historian, not just the student."

Allison Haack

“The information I collected will be used in displays at the Fort Des Moines Museum.”

~ Allison Haack, '10
Being so close to Des Moines, Iowa, affords our history students many opportunities to obtain internships through the Iowa History Center where they can put their study of history to use.  Students serve as research assistants in many of their internships, producing work that will be used in public displays or educational programs.  The internship experience is a valuable experience for our students to make their own contributions to the preservation and promotion of history.  Internships allow Simpson students to practice the art of being the historian.


“By using original documents, newspaper articles, books, decedents and many other sources, we were able to piece together the lives of [African American officers in World War I] and create biographies that had not been done before.”

~ Roxanne Vance and Allison Stevens '11
Keely Goshia Photo

“I helped build a history website for the [Iowa Department of the Blind]. Our goal was to make the history of blindness in Iowa and the nation accessible to the general public.”

~ Keely Goshia '13

Recent Internship Opportunities have included:

  • Des Moines Metropolitan Opera Company
  • Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Hotel Fort Des Moines
  • Iowa Department of the Blind
  • Iowa History Center
  • Iowa Jewish Historical Society
  • Living History Farms
  • Marvo Entertainment Group
  • Salisbury House
  • State Historical Society
  • Terrace Hill
ryan stumbo

“I have learned a tremendous amount about the discipline of history and the avenues of research.”

~ Ryan Stumbo '13

“It was fun to read articles and letters from famous hotel patrons such as Vice President Spiro Agnew and Kathryn Hepburn.”

~ Allie Walker '12
Allie Walker
Kristina Kelehan Student

“Some of the artifacts I discovered include an 1888 aerial photograph of downtown Des Moines (prior to the airplane), the 1927 visit of Charles Lindbergh to Des Moines, and so many other amazing and interesting things.”

~ Kristina Kelehan '14