How can I get a job in the history field after college? Serious answers only, please!?

I graduated in 2003 with a BA in History. I didn't have any luck getting a job in the history field after college, and now I'm 2/3 done with my MA in Military History, which I will finish in August--although I won't get my diploma until December. I want to work at a museum or do historical research, but so many jobs require experience. I've got education but don't have any work experience in the history field, and I can't just volunteer because I need to pay the bills somehow. I live in Alaska and want to move back to the Lower 48, but I need to get a job before I move, and it needs to be in late August or early September so I can move before winter comes. Does anyone have some good advice for me? If you work in the history field, I'd especially like to hear from you. Thanks for your answers so far--keep them coming! I didn't do internships before because I didn't know right away after college what I wanted to do. I've applied for a couple internships, but I don't know if I'll get them since so many internships actually want people to have experience. I'm not good in front of people, so I'm not really interested in teaching. I'm the type of person who likes to work behind the scenes. Oh, in response to the other answer--about going into the military. I'm not interested in joining the military, although I definitely support our troops. I'm more interested in the history aspect. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

Asked By: kielsa03 - 2/27/2007
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Answered By: waswisgirl1 - 2/27/2007
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you had better look into doing an internship at some dig, or museum, or whatever they do in that field. I am surprised that you havent been doing that already, my stepsister has her ma's in archeaolgy and anthro and was doing internship stuff throughout.
Answered By: tomhale138 - 2/27/2007
Another idea (and I know somebody will thumb me down for this) is to go Military Officer. You've spent alot of time studying their history, why not spend some time living it? It may be just the thing to bring together your schooling. I suggest Air Force.
Answered By: Thegustaffa - 2/27/2007
Well, in your field of study its seems that most people either teach or write books. I would suggest you find a job doing the former. Afterwards I'd move on to the latter. With several years of teaching and a few books under your belt im sure you'll be more qualified to go ahead and do exactly what your lookin to do in... More
Answered By: Justin Time - 2/27/2007
There are always openings in the school system for teachers. You might try getting into the teaching field, do a little volunteer work on the side until you know some people in a museum and they recommend you for working in the museum as part of the staff.
Answered By: don n - 3/7/2007
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