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New Internships Provide Opportunities for Graduate Students

Graduate students in the humanities have an opportunity to hone their skills in communications and outreach thanks to two new summer internships: Humanities Media and Communications and Humanities Programs Development.

“Graduate students today need experiential learning opportunities in addition to their research training,” says Amy Elias, professor of English and director of the UT Humanities Center. “Our goal developing the internships is to give students in the humanities those opportunities.”

Each paid internship fosters collaboration between graduate students and Elias on projects ranging from website development to high school outreach programs. Graduate students in each of the nine departments represented by the Humanities Center received invitations to apply and were interviewed through a formal application process.

Jill  Fennell
Jill Fennell

Elias is grateful to the College of Arts and Sciences for funding these new internships and intends to offer them each summer.

“These internships directly support the college’s VolVision goals,” she says. “We hope to expand this initiative to offer internships during the academic year as well.” 

Elias is also exploring how the internships might put humanities students in contact with the public in non-humanities fields, such as business, journalism, and law.

Jill Fennell, a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of English, received the Humanities Media and Communications 2017 summer internship. Fennell has work experience in news, social media, radio, and website design. Her dissertation concerns 20th-century southern literature, affect theory, and care ethics.

Jewel  Williams
Jewel Williams

Jewel Williams, a fifth-year PhD student in the Department of English, received the Humanities Programs Development 2017 summer internship. Williams has experience in conference programming and programs development through organizations such as the UT Multicultural Graduate Student Organization. Her dissertation analyzes how queer black literature constructs affective responses in readers to local anti-gay atmospheres.

Those seeking more information about the UT Humanities Center graduate student internships should contact the Center at 974-4222.

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