December 7, 2016

Versatile Humanists at Duke Internship Program

VH@Duke Internships provide Duke doctoral students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences exposure to work experiences, organizations, and professions relevant to their scholarly interests. Versatile work experiences, carefully chosen and timed, can enrich students’ dissertations, and make them more competitive for both academic and non-academic positions. Internships can also provide humanities scholars with increased leadership ability and confidence, as well as new skills to position them well for future success as junior faculty members, emerging professionals both within and beyond academia, and public intellectuals.

This program provides an exciting opportunity for Duke doctoral students to intern at cultural and nonprofit organizations throughout the Triangle and elsewhere. These are stipended positions and are meant to replace other compensated work (such as research assistantships) during the period of the internship.

During the term of their internship, VH@Duke interns are expected to reserve time in their schedules for monthly cohort meetings on or near campus, and two one-on-one meetings with the director for graduate student advising and engagement for the humanities. At the conclusion of their internships, participants will be asked to reflect on their experiences via the VH@Duke blog (and possibly other media).

Read about last year’s VH@Duke interns. 

Read about how one Duke PhD student created her own internship. 

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Please note: the following information pertains to a past funding cycle. There will be another call for internship proposals in October 2017, and information will be updated soon.  If you have questions about the program, or wish to discuss your plans for creating an internship opportunity, please contact Maria LaMonaca Wisdom

Internship Opportunities

There are two options for participating in the internship program:

Option One: Apply for pre-existing opportunities with one or more of the following partner organizations

Option Two: Create your own internship opportunity at an organization that best suits your academic interests and/or professional goals.

For both options, please follow the application instructions below.

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Timing and Financial Support

Internships can be completed in summer 2017, fall 2017, or spring 2018. Students will receive a stipend for participating (ranging from $4,000 to $6,000 depending on the duration of the internship). Internships will require between 15 and 19.9 hours of work per week and will typically last between 10 and 15 weeks. Students may not teach or hold other compensated positions for the duration of the internship.

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Eligibility

  • Students must be enrolled full-time during their internship.
  • Students must be in good academic standing.
  • Students are urged to discuss with their advisers and directors of graduate studies the optimal timing for the internship.
  • Students must be pre-approved by their departments and provide a letter signed by both the DGS and the adviser.

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To Apply

We will begin accepting applications on Thursday, January 19. The application deadline will be Friday, February 24.

To apply, complete the online application. Applicants will need:

  • Three references with contact information
  • One PDF file containing the following items:
  1. Signed letter of approval from student’s adviser and director of graduate studies (letter template)
  2. Current CV
  3. Current copy of Duke transcript or ACES report
  4. An application letter that outlines:
    1. The student’s interest in the specific opportunity
    2. Skills and competencies that will help the student succeed in the position
    3. Explanation of how the internship will benefit student’s academic and/or professional goals

Note: Students may apply for more than one pre-identified opportunity, but should submit a separate, customized application letter for each position.

Students proposing their own internship (OPTION 2) should follow the steps above AND provide the following additional information in their PDF upload:

  • Detailed information in the letter of application describing the organization and opportunity
  • A letter of commitment from the host organization, explaining how the internship is of mutual benefit and whether the organization can contribute to the stipend cost of the internship (Note: Host organizations are not required to contribute to the cost of the internship, but such contributions can be an important sign of the organization’s commitment to ensuring that the experience is successful and can enable Duke to increase the number of internships funded)

Complete Online Application

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Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by representatives of The Graduate School and the Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Affairs.

For pre-existing opportunities with Versatile Humanist partners (Option One), the selection committee will forward the most competitive applications to the respective host organizations.  Finalists will likely be invited to interview on site in early March.

All applicants will be notified of their status by late March.

During the term of their internship, VH@Duke interns are expected to reserve time in their schedules for monthly cohort meetings on or near campus, and two one-on-one meetings with the director for graduate student advising and engagement for the humanities. At the conclusion of their internships, participants will be asked to reflect on their experiences via the VH@Duke blog (and possibly other media).

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Contact

For questions, please contact Maria LaMonaca Wisdom (maria.wisdom@duke.edu).