Internships and Fellow-Designed Community Projects

The Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program includes internships and fellow-designed community projects, both of which fulfill the practicum requirement. These paid opportunities enable fellows to apply their academic training in community settings and to develop skills in areas such as oral and written communication for broad audiences; project design, management, and assessment; and administration for the public.

*Fellows must complete the two program seminars before beginning their practicum.

Internships are positions established by the IHC with local cultural, governmental, and non-profit organizations. The internship host organizations interview and select applicants for positions and provide mentoring and oversight.


Internship Timeline:

January 6, 2020: Positions announced
January 9 & 16, 2020: Information sessions
February 18, 2020: Applications due
March 2-13, 2020: Interviews with host organizations
March 20, 2020: Placements announced
June 2020 – April 2021: Internships start

Fellow-designed community projects enable graduate students to create projects in collaboration with a community partner that use the student’s academic skills (e.g., research methods, languages, and content expertise) to address a need identified by the organization. Project proposals are evaluated and approved by both the IHC and the partner organization. Oversight will be provided by a mentor at the host organization and a UCSB faculty member or the IHC Director.

Fellow-Designed Community Project Timeline:

April 6, 2020: Deadline to meet with IHC Associate Director
May 29, 2020: Project application deadline
June 12, 2020: Approved projects announced
June 22, 2020 – April 2021: Projects start

Internship Application Information

Graduate students from the humanities and humanistic social sciences who have applied for acceptance into the Public Humanities Graduate Fellows program are eligible to apply. Interns receive a $5,000 stipend for 200 hours of work (generally 20 hours per week for ten weeks or ten hours per week for 20 weeks). Interns will also receive four units of academic credit.

To apply for an internship position, submit a two-page cover letter and a resume by February 18, 2020. The cover letter should address the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for a specific organization and project from the list of open positions. If applying for more than one position, applicants should submit a cover letter and resume for each position and rank their preferences in the application form. Host organizations will review the applications and select candidates for interviewing. If selected, candidates should be prepared to interview with the host organization between March 2 and 13. Internship offers will be made by March 20, and internships will begin as early as June 15, 2020. Students selected for an internship should plan to enroll in INT 201SP in Spring 2020 and should have applied for acceptance into the Public Humanities Graduate Fellows program by the February 18 deadline using this application form.


Fellow-Designed Community Project Application Information

Fellow-Designed Community Project Application Information

Graduate students from the humanities and the humanistic social sciences who have been accepted into the Public Humanities Graduate Fellows program are eligible to apply, and applicants are encouraged to enroll in INT 201SP in Spring 2020. Fellows will receive a $3,000 stipend for 120 hours of work, and limited additional funding is available to defray materials costs. Fellows will also receive three units of academic credit. Fellows will receive mentoring from both the community partner and from a UCSB faculty member or the IHC Director.

Students interested in applying for project funding are required to meet with IHC Associate Director Erin Nerstad by April 6, 2020. Applications should be submitted by May 29, 2020 using the online application form (available in March 2020). A complete application should include:

  • a project abstract (100 words)
  • a project description (five double-spaced pages, see instructions below)
  • curriculum vitae (two pages maximum)
  • a letter of support from the faculty advisor who will serve as the faculty project mentor
  • a work agreement signed by the applicant and a dedicated mentor at the partner organization that addresses the work that has been agreed on, the timeline for the project, and its deliverables (one page maximum)

The project description should:

  • state the objectives, ideas, and methodology of the project, specifying how you understand this work as transforming your own humanities scholarship
  • discuss the project’s significance with reference to its shared, community-centered collaborative production of knowledge and culture
  • explain the nature of the community collaboration. Indicate the contact that you have had with your proposed community partner and how this relationship has been established.
  • state the particular expertise and preparation you bring to the project
  • discuss the form(s) in which the project will be disseminated, at each of its stages, from planning to the achievement of its goal
  • include a timetable and work plan, specifying project activities
  • optional: a preliminary budget for any supplies that your project requires (briefly explain any budget items that are not self-explanatory)

For projects involving human subjects, such as oral histories, please visit Proposals that involve human subjects must participate in human subjects review before the project commences.

This program was previously offered through IHC/HFA Humanities in the Community grants, which were used to support graduate projects undertaken in partnership with a community organization during the summer quarter. Past project examples can be viewed here.

To be eligible for 2020 fellow-designed community projects, apply to the program by May 29, 2020.