The Humanities Summer Internship program is an innovative opportunity for doctoral
students in the humanities to gain transferable skills for career paths inside
and outside academia. This program provides competitive funding for doctoral
students enrolled in the Departments of History or English to gain
internships in nonacademic settings such as publishing, nonprofit organizations,
museums, and community historical groups. By working outside their departmental
home, these students develop valuable abilities to communicate complex ideas
to public audiences, advocate for important social causes, and apply their research
skills to new areas of inquiry. Award amounts will range between $2000 and $4000;
award amounts are at the discretion of the department, and it may provide additional
funding to support students.
Applicants must be:
enrolled in a History or English doctoral program.
in good academic standing, as defined by the program.
have applied for an internship by the time an application is submitted for this
Must complete a minimum of 240 hours at an internship placement during the summer
enroll for 1 credit during the summer 2017 term in their prospective department.
PhD students interested in applying for the 2017 Summer Humanities Internship program must be submitted to the department’s Program Director or Chair by Monday April 10, 2017; submitted applications for this program will be reviewed by the prospective department’s Graduate Studies Committee. All applications must include:
A brief, one-page statement that describes the internship and how it will benefit
The statement should also describe the skills the student hopes to gain and
some idea of what they anticipate they will be doing.
Applications should include evidence that the student has been in contact with
the host institution and they are willing to supervise them and are in agreement
as to the scope of the work.
An email correspondence or letter from the host institution would be ideal. Note
that applications with a firm commitment from the host institution stand a
better chance of being selected for an award by the committee.
Note that additional materials may be required by the department, and applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the department’s Program Director prior to submitting an application.
Selected students will receive:
An internship supplemental stipend refund in an amount between $2000 and $4000.
Note that the amount amount is at the discretion of the department and may
A 1 credit University tuition waiver from the Office of Graduate Education and
Life (OGEL). University fees and college tuition are the student’s responsibility.
Internship Reporting Requirements
Please contact the department’s Program Director to learn about the internship reporting requirements.
The English and History departments will submit selected students’ names to the Office of Graduate Education and Life (OGEL) Monday, April 17, 2017. Selected students should receive a lump sum award stipend refund no later than end of the fourth week of the summer term.
Please contact the Office of Graduate Education and Life at GradEd@mail.wvu.edu or 304.293.7173 for assistance.