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HISTORIAN/AUTHOR: Researching Americans and Sharks

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Jen, a historian and author, is currently writing a book about Americans' relationships with sharks over the 20th century. Her typical day involves searching the internet as well as library archives for relevant articles about her research topic. When she is not researching for her book, you can find her teaching environmental history and history of the oceans.

Degree: History
Job Title: Historian/Author/Teacher

Job Summary: Historians

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Historians research, analyze, interpret, and present the past by studying a variety of historical documents and sources.

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Internships offer an opportunity for students to learn practical skills, such as handling and preserving artifacts and creating exhibits. They also allow students to apply their academic knowledge in a hands-on setting. Positions are often available at local museums, historical societies, government agencies, or nonprofit and other organizations.

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m='11060'>for</span> <span m='11200'>me</span> <span m='11710'>is</span> <span m='12730'>getting</span> <span m='12980'>online</span> <span m='13580'>and</span> <span m='13760'>looking</span> <span m='14060'>to</span> <span m='14160'>see</span> <span m='14290'>if</span> <span m='14370'>there are</span> <span m='14520'>any,</span> <span m='14830'>like,</span> <span m='15040'>news</span> <span m='15220'>articles</span> <span m='15620'>about</span> <span m='15860'>sharks,</span> <span m='16730'>printing</span> <span m='17130'>that</span> <span m='17320'>out,</span> <span m='18300'>and</span> <span m='18490'>then</span> <span m='18640'>I</span> <span m='18710'>go</span> <span m='19180'>to</span> <span m='19740'>the</span> <span m='20030'>library,</span> <span m='20680'>or</span> <span m='20830'>to</span> <span m='20930'>the</span> <span m='21070'>archives,</span> <span m='21660'>and</span> <span m='21840'>I</span> <span m='21940'>look</span> <span m='22230'>for</span> <span m='22780'>things</span> <span m='23190'>in</span> <span m='23260'>the</span> <span m='23350'>past,</span> <span m='23920'>where</span> <span m='24010'>people</span> <span m='24310'>have</span> <span m='24440'>written</span> <span m='24690'>about</span> <span m='25000'>or</span> <span m='25070'>talked</span> <span m='25320'>about</span> <span m='25520'>sharks,</span> <span m='26310'>and</span> <span m='26420'>try</span> <span m='26630'>and</span> <span m='26690'>understand</span> <span m='27350'>how</span> <span m='27510'>those</span> <span m='27710'>two</span> <span m='27830'>things</span> <span m='28540'>fit</span> <span m='28780'>together.</span> </p><p><span m='29680'>Sometimes</span> <span m='29990'>I</span> <span m='30350'>also</span> <span m='30530'>teach</span> <span m='32150'>history,</span> <span m='32404'>and</span> <span m='32659'>so I</span> <span m='33039'>teach</span> <span m='33960'>history</span> <span m='34570'>of</span> <span m='34860'>the</span> <span m='34990'>oceans,</span> <span m='35245'>and</span> <span m='35500'>sometimes I</span> <span m='35850'>teach</span> <span m='36790'>environmental</span> <span m='37750'>history.</span> <span m='38610'>And</span> <span m='39050'>it's</span> <span m='39290'>really</span> <span m='39560'>fun</span> <span m='39830'>because</span> <span m='40400'>people</span> <span m='40640'>are</span> <span m='40690'>really</span> <span m='40870'>passionate</span> <span m='41330'>about</span> <span m='41530'>the</span> <span m='41610'>environment,</span> <span m='42100'>about</span> <span m='42270'>the</span> <span m='42390'>oceans,</span> <span m='42960'>and</span> <span m='43510'>I</span> <span m='43580'>want</span> <span m='43850'>to</span> <span m='43970'>help</span> <span m='44340'>them</span> <span m='44580'>think</span> <span m='44820'>about</span> <span m='45060'>those</span> <span m='45260'>places</span> <span m='46440'>historically.</span> <span m='47166'>Like</span> <span m='47530'>how</span> <span m='47690'>they</span> <span m='47780'>got</span> <span m='48000'>to</span> <span m='48760'>the</span> <span m='48960'>way</span> <span m='49250'>that</span> <span m='49440'>they</span> <span m='49670'>are</span> <span m='49850'>today.</span> <span m='50590'>Well,</span> <span m='50860'>my</span> <span m='51130'>educational</span> <span m='51740'>career</span> <span m='51830'>path</span> <span m='52100'>is</span> <span m='52330'>I</span> <span m='52440'>took</span> <span m='53410'>a</span> <span m='53560'>course</span> <span m='54120'>in</span> <span m='54210'>high</span> <span m='54340'>school</span> <span m='54840'>on</span> <span m='55110'>US</span> <span m='55360'>history,</span> <span m='55770'>and</span> <span m='55900'>I</span> <span m='55950'>fell</span> <span m='56190'>in</span> <span m='56240'>love</span> <span m='56450'>with</span> <span m='56600'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='56760'>I had a</span> <span m='56970'>wonderful</span> <span m='57440'>teacher,</span> <span m='58190'>wonderful</span> <span m='58930'>students</span> <span m='59400'>in</span> <span m='59440'>the</span> <span m='59530'>classroom,</span> <span m='60180'>and</span> <span m='60330'>I</span> <span m='62150'>started</span> <span m='62370'>thinking</span> <span m='62550'>about,</span> <span m='62710'>how</span> <span m='63040'>can</span> <span m='63210'>I</span> <span m='63380'>do</span> <span m='63540'>this</span> <span m='63810'>for</span> <span m='63920'>a</span> <span m='63970'>living?</span> <span m='64750'>And</span> <span m='65085'>when</span> <span m='65420'>I</span> <span m='65450'>want</span> <span m='65650'>got</span> <span m='65730'>to</span> <span m='65870'>college,</span> <span m='66990'>I</span> <span m='67190'>continued</span> <span m='67640'>to</span> <span m='67770'>think</span> <span m='67970'>about</span> <span m='68270'>that,</span> <span m='68940'>and</span> <span m='69160'>I</span> <span m='69680'>learned</span> <span m='70270'>that</span> <span m='70620'>people</span> <span m='71030'>are</span> <span m='71450'>full</span> <span m='71630'>time</span> <span m='71870'>historians.</span> <span m='72480'>And</span> <span m='72620'>so</span> <span m='72980'>I</span> <span m='73250'>then</span> <span m='73540'>went</span> <span m='73730'>to</span> <span m='73810'>graduate</span> <span m='74220'>school</span> <span m='74520'>to</span> <span m='74610'>learn</span> <span m='74810'>how</span> <span m='74900'>to</span> <span m='75000'>do</span> <span m='75160'>that,</span> <span m='76070'>and</span> <span m='77400'>that's</span> <span m='77660'>how</span> <span m='77770'>I</span> <span m='78060'>ended</span> <span m='78290'>up</span> <span m='78400'>here.</span> </p><p><span m='79130'>What</span> <span m='79680'>I</span> <span m='79730'>wish</span> <span m='79940'>I'd</span> <span m='80070'>known</span> <span m='80480'>in</span> <span m='80660'>high</span> <span m='80800'>school</span> <span m='81190'>that</span> <span m='81510'>I</span> <span m='81820'>feel</span> <span m='82000'>like</span> <span m='82160'>I</span> <span m='82210'>know</span> <span m='82360'>now</span> <span m='82670'>is</span> <span m='83200'>the</span> <span m='83270'>importance</span> <span m='83650'>of</span> <span m='84940'>perseverance,</span> <span m='85620'>like,</span> <span m='85840'>just</span> <span m='86030'>sticking</span> <span m='86420'>with</span> <span m='86580'>things.</span> <span m='86790'>So</span> <span m='87540'>you</span> <span m='87810'>fail</span> <span m='88260'>sometimes,</span> <span m='88870'>and</span> <span m='89010'>that's</span> <span m='89370'>OK.</span> <span m='89900'>You</span> <span m='90050'>learn</span> <span m='90290'>from</span> <span m='90420'>that</span> <span m='90560'>experience</span> <span m='91060'>just</span> <span m='91120'>as</span> <span m='91230'>much</span> <span m='91420'>as</span> <span m='91490'>you</span> <span m='91650'>learn from</span> <span m='91850'>your</span> <span m='92060'>successes,</span> <span m='92750'>and</span> <span m='92960'>just</span> <span m='93290'>keep</span> <span m='93490'>at</span> <span m='93650'>it,</span> <span m='93920'>right?</span> <span m='94170'>Because good</span> <span m='94600'>things</span> <span m='94800'>happen</span> <span m='95180'>as</span> <span m='95310'>a</span> <span m='95380'>result</span> <span m='95700'>of</span> <span m='96280'>perseverance.</span> </p>","file":{"id":372304,"video_id":"3336936423001","name":"2262-Jen-HistorianAuthor1","duration":97757,"thumbnail_url":null}});