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University Press Summer Internships

The Rutgers Book Initiative is sponsoring, jointly with the SAS Dean of Humanities, 2 paid summer internships at university presses. These internships will allow graduate students to build on their own research interests while gain new skills and fostering public engagement in the humanities.


Call for Applications – Deadline February 22, 2021 

Graduate Public Humanities Internships, Summer 2021 

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 2021. 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 at one of the following institutions:

• Center for Digital Scholarship at the American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia)

• Rikers Public Memory Project (NYC)

• NJ Council for the Humanities (NJ Statewide)

• coLAB Arts, New Brunswick (Central NJ)

As part of this program, the Rutgers Initiative for the Book will also sponsor several internships at regional institutions, including Rutgers University Press and Princeton University Press. Interested students should mention this in their application cover letter.

Internships will run from June through August 2021. 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

·        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