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Humanities Summer Internships

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.
Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

Application Process

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:

  1. A brief, one-page statement that describes the internship and how it will benefit the student.  The statement should also describe the skills the student hopes to gain and  some idea of what they anticipate they will be doing.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Internship Benefits

Selected students will receive:

Internship Reporting Requirements

Please contact the department’s Program Director to learn about the internship reporting requirements.

Awards Process

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 or 304.293.7173 for assistance.