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Graduate Public Humanities Internships, Summer 2022

Call for Applications – Deadline January 31, 2022  

The SAS Dean of Humanities Office has established partnerships with several leading public humanities organizations across the region to offer internships to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences in Summer 2022. Selected students will receive a stipend of $3,000 to participate in the projects and serve the missions of these organizations, while drawing on their own academic, personal, and professional backgrounds. Spread across the region, these organizations’ work spans education, creative arts, digital humanities, preservation, public programming, and beyond. Placements will be thoughtfully calibrated to meet the interests and needs of both the student and the host organization. Through this program, students will receive training in public humanities methodologies, gain hands-on experience in public engagement around humanities themes and methods, and develop a network of mentors throughout the region.  Students will be matched by a faculty committee in consultation with the host institutions’ representatives.


This program is supported by the SAS Dean of Humanities, in partnership with the Rutgers Initiative for the Book and humanities departments in SAS. Previous placements have included the Center for Digital Scholarship at the American Philosophical Society, Rikers Public Memory Project, NJ Council for the Humanities, coLAB Arts, Rutgers University Press, and Princeton University Press.


Internships will run from June through August 2022. Remote placements are available. Students are expected to work approximately 150 hours during their internship, to maintain close contact with their advisor and supervisor, and to produce a report or other synthetic project at the end of the internship, documenting how the experience contributed to their professional development.


Interested students should submit the following materials via email to Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan at by January 31, 2022. Decisions will be reached by March 1, 2022.

  • curriculum vitae
  • cover letter (outlining their research areas, interest in the program, relevant experience, etc.)
  • 250 word public humanities research/methodologies statement (outlining how your work uses public humanities methods or explores public humanities themes; or how you would hope to apply your relevant interests/expertise in public humanities) 
  • a letter of support from your doctoral advisor, including confirmation that the department will provide the matching grant if the student is selected

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