Summer 2022 Provost Internships for PhD Students: 2 FHI Positions

Text over magenta background: Summer 2022 Provost internships for PhD students, 2 positions @ the FHI

Deadline: March 20, 2022

The Franklin Humanities Institute is offering two doctoral internship positions in summer 2022: (1) Humanities and Climate Communications & (2) Story+ Creative Research Administration. These positions are part of the Office of the Provost's 2022 Summer PhD student internship program, which will offer a number of experiential internships with external organizations, along with other internship and research assistant opportunities with Duke units across campus.

About the Provost PhD Summer Internships

Please visit the full internship program announcement on the Duke Interdisciplinary Studies website for detailed information, including application instructions and a list of all available external and internal positions. A few key details:

  • Each student may apply to only two (2) positions (this could be two external or two Duke internships, or one of each).
  • The priority deadline is March 20. Internship hosts will begin review of applications on March 21, and then consider additional applications on a rolling basis until April 29.
  • All interns will be required to take either the experiential workshop, GS950, or a relevant Graduate Academy course, during Duke Summer Session I or II.

About the FHI Positions

PhD students in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences who have an interest in public engagement and/or University administration are warmly encouraged to apply. At the FHI, you will find a dynamic, intellectually enriching environment and a staff that boasts a diversity of professional and academic expertise, including “Versatile Humanists” who have applied their advanced academic training towards multiple career pathways.

1. Humanities and Climate Communications

Working primarily with FHI Associate Director Christina Chia, the Intern will conceptualize and generate faculty/student interviews, profiles of research projects and collaborations, or other content aimed at engaging Duke campus and broader higher ed audiences. In anticipation of Duke’s University-wide initiative on Climate Change, we would like the Intern to focus on content that highlights ongoing FHI projects in environmental humanities and environmental justice and that, more generally, articulates the significance of humanistic methods, questions, and concepts for climate research. The Intern will generate materials for (1) campus communications, especially strategic outreach to the sciences and professional schools and (2) the FHI Annual Report, intended for both campus and external audiences.

The ideal candidate should be an excellent writer and should have experience communicating humanities scholarship and concepts for public, non-specialist audiences. They should also have research interests in environmental humanities or related fields. Experience with social media, multimedia/visual communications, and graphic design is a strong plus.

Questions? Contact Christina Chia.

2. Story+ Creative Research Administration

This internship invites applications from PhD students with interests in interdisciplinary research methodologies, experimental extracurricular pedagogies, and aspects of Higher Ed administration like project development, program management, student mentorship, and tools for assessment. Story+ is a Duke University research program, co-directed by two “alt-ac” PhDs, Dr. Amanda Starling Gould and Dr. Jules Odendahl-James, that facilitates multi-modal interdisciplinary learning and research experiences for graduate and undergraduate students. The program collaborates across disciplines, institutes, and communities combining hands-on research with storytelling to create dynamic outcomes for diverse public audiences.

Activities may include: innovating with us to redesign our weekly summer programming; organizing pre-program workshops on ethics and racial equity in research; Story+ storytelling; calling on examples from the CLEARLab Manual, University of Michigan Library’s Guiding Principles, Bryn Mawr’s Digital Competencies, and Methods@Manchester to refine and articulate Story+ Methodologies and Story+ Competencies that could both guide our work and give our students language and ‘credentials’ to share; and ‘apprenticing’ with those of us who have PhDs and are working, researching, and teaching outside the faculty-track to get an insider look at our day-to-days.

Preference will be given to students with knowledge of Story+ but we welcome any who are interested to apply. Start date is flexible.

Questions? Contact Amanda Starling Gould.

IMPORTANT: Applications must be submitted through the Provost Internship portal. Again, see this page for more details.