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Rackham Public Engagement Fellowships

Previously funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Rackham Public Engagement Fellowships provide Rackham students exciting opportunities to intern at cultural, nonprofit, and educational organizations on campus, in Ann Arbor, and in nearby communities like Detroit.

The goals of these fellowships are to connect graduate students’ knowledge to opportunities for impact outside the classroom, to advance mutually beneficial projects with partner organizations that serve diverse public audiences, and to assist students in exploring diverse career paths.

Experience working in diverse career settings can enhance students’ research and make them more competitive for positions inside and outside academia, improving their professional adaptability for a range of positions and roles. Each position provides skills to position students for future success as junior faculty members and emerging professionals within and beyond higher education, with a commitment public engagement.

Applying

Please read the application instructions thoroughly before starting the application. The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

About the Fellowships

  • Part-time (15 to 20 hours per week)
  • 8 to 15 weeks (May to August)
  • Stipends (generally $3,360 to $5,000 based on time commitment)

For doctoral students without other spring/summer funding (teaching, summer research fellowship, etc.), Rackham will work with departments to provide a supplemental award to support your advancement toward your degree during the term of your Rackham Public Engagement Fellowship. To be eligible for this award, you will be asked to provide a letter from your advisor and/or the Director of Graduate Studies in your department.

Some positions will require work and commuting beyond Ann Arbor. If you do not have individual transportation, one option is the Detroit Connector bus, which makes stops in Dearborn and Detroit from Ann Arbor.

Fellowship Projects

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Michigan Criminal Justice Program

Location

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Supervisors

Natalie Holbrook, Program Director and Korbin Felder, Program Associate

Description of Role

The Rackham Engagement Fellow will serve as a part-time staff member during a 12-week period during the Summer of 2018 at the AFSC Michigan Criminal Justice Program. They will work alongside the three existing staff members: Natalie Holbrook, Korbin Felder, and Demetrius Titus. The AFSC Michigan Criminal Justice Program likewise has a group of 10 to 15 interns and community volunteers who assist with the work, and the Rackham Engagement Fellow will play a role in assisting volunteers and interns in the AFSC Michigan Criminal Justice Program office.

The Rackham Engagement Fellow at the AFSC-Michigan Criminal Justice office will:

  • Advocate for incarcerated people about their needs and concerns (mental/physical health, segregation, parole, conditions of confinement, etc.) This also can include contacting the Michigan Department of Corrections officials.
  • Assist with writing and researching for reports on Michigan’s prison system. Specifically, to assist staff in writing a report/white paper on the racial disparities in high security and segregation units at Baraga Correctional Facility.
  • Help in the development of tools and resources to help facilitate advocacy, parole preparation, public hearing preparation, navigation of the grievance system, and other pertinent issues.
  • Occasionally assist in other office duties when assigned (i.e., answering phone calls, help with volunteer questions, etc.)
  • Participate in staff meetings to discuss work progress, questions, areas of work-related stress and/or emotional obstacles.

Time Commitment and Stipend

  • 3-4 days a week
  • 12 weeks
  • $5,040 – $6,720, depending on time commitment
  • Note: This position requires commuting to Ypsilanti, Michigan

About

Through advocacy (individual/policy), community-organizing, experience-based education models, written resources and workshops we help people in prison navigate various problems related to the conditions of their confinement. We hear from approximately 2,000 incarcerated men and women annually, from almost all Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) prisons concerning the conditions of their confinement. We work to provide tools to incarcerated folks so that they can advocate for themselves. We help incarcerated people navigate the MDOC and deal with issues such as: access to parole, access to quality mental healthcare and healthcare, security custody, and segregation (solitary confinement). We monitor and identify systemic abuses, civil and human rights violations, and work on larger systemic reform issues that help prisoners and their loved ones to cope better with the violence inherent in a punishment-based system. We do our work through an intersectional justice lens, with a focus on racial justice. To broaden our limited capacity and to train the next generation of social justice advocates, we often utilize young people and community volunteers to help us with this work.

Visit the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Michigan Criminal Justice Program website.

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF)

Location

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Supervisors

Shelley Strickland, Ph.D., Vice President of Development and Katelyn Videto, Donor Services Officer

Description of Role

Marketing and communications are overseen by the team leading AAACF’s development efforts. AAACF is in the process of enhancing its brand visibility and exposure to the broader community. As such, AAACF is revamping its printed materials, enhancing its social media presence, and recently completed a website redesign and launch. The Rackham Engagement Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of marketing/communications efforts and to make a meaningful contribution in enhancing the way a respected community-based organization shares the impact of its work and activities with a variety of individuals and organizations. As such, a humanities/arts doctoral student will have the opportunity to apply and utilize analytical and linguistic skills in different media, electronic and written, as well as to gain exposure and experience in positioning complex content in accessible and compelling ways for diverse audiences.

Time Commitment and Stipend

  • 3 days per week, 8 weeks
  • $3,360

About

The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) is a philanthropic organization with a broad community focus: enriching the quality of life in Washtenaw County. More than 50 years ago, citizens established the foundation as a permanent source of community capital. Think of us as a savings account for the community, with proceeds from our endowed funds distributed as grants for local nonprofits and scholarships. In more technical terms, AAACF is a tax-exempt public charity* that helps individuals, families, groups, and organizations accomplish their philanthropic goals. Through a core team of 17 Trustees, a staff of 10 FTE, and 350+ volunteers, AAACF connects people, charitable causes, and permanent capital for community impact.

* One of more than 700 community foundations nationwide and the 10th largest of 63 community foundations in Michigan.

Visit the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) website.

Arab American National Museum (AANM)

Location

Dearborn, Michigan

Supervisors

Elyssa Bisoski, Curator of Collections and Matthew Jaber Stiffler, Research and Content Manager

Description of Role

For a student interested in exploring museums and cultural institutions, Digital Humanities, or information science as a career option, this Public Engagement Fellow will help to design and implement a strategy for engagement with the AANM’s digital collections.

Under supervision from the Curator of Collections and the Research and Content Manager at the Arab American National Museum, the Fellow will: • Become familiar with the AANM’s digital collections and collections scope and content.

  • Conduct research on engagement with digital collections at other cultural institutions.
  • Make well-reasoned recommendations on which strategies to implement for various platforms.
  • Create and implement a plan to grow the Archive-It collection, including establishing collections, setting up “crawls,” and managing existing content.
  • Work with Education and Public Programming department to strategize public engagement with all AANM digital collections.

An ideal candidate would have a background or interest in Arab American studies or ethnic studies, and would be interested in Digital Humanities.

Time Commitment and Stipend

  • 2 days per week, 8 weeks
  • $2,240 (plus $400 travel allowance)
  • Note: this position requires commuting to Dearborn, Michigan

About

Founded in May of 2005, the Arab American National Museum (AANM) is the first and only museum in the United States devoted to Arab American history and culture. Located on the outskirts of Detroit in Dearborn, the AANM is the sole Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in southeast Michigan. The mission of the museum is to document, preserve, and present the history, culture, and contributions of Arab Americans. In addition to its rich collection of objects illustrating the Arab American experience and cultural events that span racial, cultural, and ethnic divisions, the AANM serves the diverse population of our region and nation by producing exhibitions and educational programming that promote understanding of Arab Americans and the Arab World. The museum offers a variety of tours, workshops, and seminars that showcase the diversity of Arab civilization and acknowledge the contributions Arab Americans have made to our society. By bringing the voices and faces of Arab Americans to mainstream audiences, the museum attempts to dispel misperceptions about minority populations and bring to light the shared experiences of immigrants and ethnic groups.

Visit the Arab American National Museum (AANM) website.

Bentley Historical Library

Location

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Supervisor

Cinda Nofziger, Ph.D., Archivist for Academic Programs and Outreach

Description of Role

For a student interested in gaining insight into the archival profession and its role in teaching with primary sources and archival literacy at a college level. Drawing from the Bentley’s extensive collection of materials relating to the history of the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan, the Rackham Engagement Fellow will develop dynamic and interactive activities to engage students in learning to understand primary sources and archives. After becoming familiar with the current research and strategies of teaching with primary sources and the Bentley archivists’ pedagogical roles, the Fellow, in consultation with the Assistant Archivist for Academic Programs and Outreach, will:

  • Create template activities to help teach students primary source analysis, research management, search strategies, as well as to understand archival representations.
  • Help plan a symposium for Fall 2018 on engaging undergraduates with archival literacy.
  • Assist in other programmatic activities as part of the Bentley’s academic outreach program.

Time Commitment and Stipend

  • 3 days per week, 8 weeks (May – June)
  • $3,360

About

The Bentley Historical Library collects the materials for and promotes the study of the histories of two great, intertwined institutions, the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan. The Library is open without fee to the public, and we welcome researchers regardless of academic or professional affiliation.

The Bentley’s 11,000 research collections range from the papers of governors of Michigan, to the records of student and faculty life at the University, to the entire historical record of intercollegiate athletics at Michigan, and much more. The Library houses a state-of-the-art conservation lab that conserves books, maps, architectural drawings, and other materials. The lab is also where expert archivists and conservators teach conservation techniques and aid in the reformatting of preserved materials.

Visit the Bentley Historical Library website.

Charles H. Wright Museum

Location

Detroit, Michigan

Supervisor

Patrina Chatman, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions

Description of Role

Museum Collections and Exhibitions. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is seeking a Rackham Public Engagement Fellow who has a strong academic background in history or music history, and is skilled in utilizing historical research methods. This Fellow will work closely with the Curatorial Department to develop the first draft of an annotated outline for an upcoming exhibition on the history of African American music in Detroit.

To complete this project, the Fellow will:

  • Collect historical data from various sources, including but not limited to books, archives, and artifacts.
  • Analyze and interpret historical information to determine its authenticity and significance.
  • Trace historical developments in significant music genres.
  • Provide advice or guidance on historical topics.
  • Write reports on findings and hypotheses.

Time Commitment and Stipend

  • 3 days per week, 8-12 weeks.
  • $3,360 – $5,040, depending on time commitment (plus $400 travel allowance)
  • Note: this position requires commuting to Detroit, Michigan

About

Founded in 1965, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has for over half a century been a leading institution dedicated to the African American experience.

Our mission is to open minds and change lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture. Our vision is of a world in which the adversity and achievement of African American history inspire everyone toward greater understanding, acceptance and unity!

The Wright Museum houses over 35,000 artifacts and archival materials and is home to the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, Coleman A. Young Collection, and the Sheffield Collection, a repository of documents of the labor movement in Detroit.

Visit the Charles H. Wright Museum website.

Detroit Institute of Arts

Location

Detroit, Michigan

Supervisor

Felicia E. Molnar, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives

Description of Role

Public Engagement for the DIA Town Square project. The Detroit Institute of Arts is seeking a student who has a strong academic background in public engagement, and is skilled in researching and assisting in planning as the museum works to move beyond the traditional role of an art museum and begin the first steps towards creating a great public space on its exterior plazas for the whole community. This Fellow will work closely with the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and the many partners including our funding partners to benchmark other projects around the world that might inform the program and design. The Fellow will also work with our Community Engagement partners to connect with the myriad of stakeholders that are essential to the planning process. This is a fast-moving project and the tasks and goals for the Fellow will be determined according to where in the process they join the team. There is a chance that some of the work can be accomplished remotely, and so travel to Detroit may be an option depending on the assignments.

Time Commitment and Stipend

  • 3 days per week, 8 weeks
  • $3,360
  • Fellows working at this host site will receive a $400 travel stipend
  • Note: this position requires commuting to Detroit, Michigan

About

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera’s world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts website.

Ginsberg Center for Community Service Learning

Location

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Supervisor

Mary Jo Callan, Director

Description of Role

Community Impact Fellow: The Ginsberg Center will provide a Rackham Public Engagement Fellow with an opportunity to deepen their understanding and application of reciprocal community-engaged teaching and research in practice. The Fellow will partner with the Director and the Community Engagement team to assess community partner benefits, including the following:

  • Lead focus groups and interviews with community partners.
  • Conduct data analysis of existing survey responses.
  • Analyze needs assessment data collected from community partners to articulate emerging community priorities and needs, which can inform future U-M engagement.

Time Commitment and Stipend

  • 3 days per week, 8-12 weeks
  • $3,360 – $5,040, depending on time commitment.

About

The Ginsberg Center cultivates and stewards mutually beneficial partnerships between communities and the University of Michigan in order to advance the public good. We are committed to:

Visit the Ginsberg Center for Community Service Learning website.

Michigan Humanities Council (MHC)

Location

Lansing, Michigan

Supervisor

Jennifer Rupp, Policy and Program Officer

Description of Role

The Michigan Humanities Council will provide one Rackham Public Engagement Fellow an overview of work in a small organization that engages in statewide grant making and cultural programming such as the Great Michigan Read, Museum on Main Street, and Poetry Out Loud, among others. The Fellow will engage with public humanities work by supporting our Third Coast Conversations grant program. The Michigan Humanities Council is in the process of launching a two-year community conversations project entitled “Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues About Water in Michigan” in May 2018. Through humanities scholarship and environmental history, urban history, literature, public history, and Native American studies drawn from the expertise of our advisory group, Third Coast Conversations will start dialogs, build excitement, facilitate connections, and open doors for local communities in urban, rural, and suburban areas of the state to examine history, culture, people, and cultivate a renewed sense of local pride by examining the topic of water in ways that resonate with issues that matter locally. This will work with MHC staff to provide resources and support to the 20 communities across the state chosen for this funding opportunity. Specifically, the Fellow will:

  • Work with grantees to capture community conversations through video, podcasting, photography, or other graphic mediums.
  • Create content for the MHC website surrounding conversations sites and themes.
  • Assist in creating evaluation tools for conversation sites and aiding in data collection.
  • Participate in staff meetings and attend relevant MHC events when feasible.
  • Other small responsibilities as they arise (attending other off-site meetings, events, etc.)

Time Commitment and Stipend

  • 3 days per week, 8-12 weeks
  • $3,360 – $5,040, depending on time commitment (plus $450 travel allowance)
  • Note: this position requires commuting to Lansing, Michigan

Visit the Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) website.

Michigan Publishing (1)

Location

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Supervisors

Mary Francis, Editorial Director and Renee Tambeau, Director of Sales, Marketing and Outreach

Description of Role

Under the joint supervision of the Editorial Director and the Director of Marketing, Sales, and Outreach, the Fellow will conduct marketing research for University of Michigan Press disciplinary lists and key titles, including researching the buying patterns of instructors for course texts. The Fellow will also gather data on the scholarly publishing landscape for the field(s) being focused on.

As businesses, publishers apply market research techniques to the decisions involved in shaping disciplinary lists in order to position themselves competitively in the search for new authors and readers. Innovations in digital scholarship and digital publishing create new spaces for publishers to explore, as well as opportunities to capture data about usage and impact that further shape editorial strategy. At the same time, as the university classroom adapts to make the best use of technology, time, space, and resources—as we see with the rise in MOOCs, the flipped classroom model, and pressure to reduce student textbook costs—we anticipate that instructor needs and expectations for course texts will also change rapidly.

Questions to be addressed include:

  • Which other scholarly presses are publishing books in this area, and how do they position themselves? What is unique about the U-M Press list and/or the way it is positioned?
  • What are price points that influence the purchase of titles in this discipline?
  • What is the competition’s price point for similar titles? How do we compare?
  • What aspects of a particular market are underserved?
  • What factors (Price? Discount? Length? Organization of chapters? Book publication dates and timing?) influence the decision to assign a book for classes?
  • Are there specific selling points that we should be highlighting?
  • How do scholars rank the U-M Press among competitors in this discipline?

The Fellow will attend U-M Press staff meetings related to editorial and marketing decision-making; interview faculty to learn more about their strategies for placing work with a suitable publisher and selecting texts for courses they teach; conduct assessments of Michigan’s lists and the related lists of other publishers. This opportunity will be of benefit both to graduate students contemplating publishing as a career and those who wish to increase their strategic understanding of publishing options in their field. It will also give a broader perspective to decision-making in scholarly publishing and graduate level teaching.

Time Commitment and Stipend

  • 2-3 days per week. These hours may be broken down in a variety of ways and will be discussed with candidates in regard to their schedules and work habits as they align with the needs of the Press.
  • $2,240 – $3,360

About

Michigan Publishing is the hub of scholarly publishing at the University of Michigan, and is a part of its dynamic and innovative University Library. Across our three channels, the University of Michigan Press, Michigan Publishing Services, and Deep Blue, we publish scholarly and educational materials in a range of formats for wide dissemination and permanent preservation, provide publishing services to the University of Michigan community and beyond, and advocate for the broadest possible access to scholarship everywhere.

Our primary activities include:

  • Publishing monographs in print and electronic forms.
  • Hosting and publishing journals, with an emphasis on online, open access formats.
  • Developing new digital publishing models with the potential to become community portals for wider knowledge sharing.
  • Creating permanent, accessible versions of faculty publications and related materials.
  • Publishing and copyright consultation and education.
  • Rights advocacy for University of Michigan authors.
  • Reissuing materials from our collections and our faculty in new forms (reprints, electronic editions).

Publication, whatever form it takes, is critical to the infrastructure of scholarship. Michigan Publishing seeks to create innovative, sustainable structures for the broad dissemination and enduring preservation of the scholarly conversation. To achieve this, we offer expert advice and support and provide advanced content platforms that are as broadly accessible as possible. All of our services are directed at one overarching goal: to ensure that the benefits of scholarship accrue to everyone.

Visit the Michigan Publishing website.

Michigan Publishing (2)

Location

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Supervisor

Rebecca Welzenbach, Director, Strategic Integration and Partnerships

Description of Role

For a student interested in exploring a combination of scholarly communications, new technologies for publishing, and product development/product management, this position will participate in preparations for Michigan Publishing’s launch of the Fulcrum platform (fulcrum.org) for disseminating and preserving digital scholarship. Experience gained in this position will be invaluable to students interested in a publishing career or a role in a digital humanities center. The Fellow will contribute to a combination of the following projects (this list may evolve slightly to reflect the skills and interests of the Fellow and emerging needs of the platform):

  • The primary role will be market research (including web research, interviews, focus groups) to understand the needs, constraints, and wishes of the readers who will use this platform, and the libraries and publishers we hope will adopt it.
  • The Fellow will participate in meetings between Michigan Publishing and business partner Lyrasis regarding outreach and promotion of the platform online, in print, and in person in the months leading up to the platform launch.
  • Working with Michigan Publishing and Lyrasis staff, the Fellow will assist in creating outreach and training materials for the new platform.
  • Working with Michigan Publishing and Lyrasis staff the Fellow will work with designers to create outreach/promotional materials for the new platform.

Time Commitment and Stipend

  • 3 days per week, 8 weeks (schedule to be discussed with supervisor before fellowship begins; remote work may be possible occasionally, but in-office work is preferred)
  • $3,360

About

Michigan Publishing is the hub of scholarly publishing at the University of Michigan, and is a part of its dynamic and innovative University Library. Across our three channels, the University of Michigan Press, Michigan Publishing Services, and Deep Blue, we publish scholarly and educational materials in a range of formats for wide dissemination and permanent preservation, provide publishing services to the University of Michigan community and beyond, and advocate for the broadest possible access to scholarship everywhere.

Our primary activities include:

  • Publishing monographs in print and electronic forms.
  • Hosting and publishing journals, with an emphasis on online, open access formats.
  • Developing new digital publishing models with the potential to become community portals for wider knowledge sharing.
  • Creating permanent, accessible versions of faculty publications and related materials.
  • Publishing and copyright consultation and education.
  • Rights advocacy for University of Michigan authors.
  • Reissuing materials from our collections and our faculty in new forms (reprints, electronic editions).

Publication, whatever form it takes, is critical to the infrastructure of scholarship. Michigan Publishing seeks to create innovative, sustainable structures for the broad dissemination and enduring preservation of the scholarly conversation. To achieve this, we offer expert advice and support and provide advanced content platforms that are as broadly accessible as possible. All of our services are directed at one overarching goal: to ensure that the benefits of scholarship accrue to everyone.

Visit the Michigan Publishing website.

University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

Location

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Supervisors

David Michener (Associate Curator), Catriona Mortell-Windecker (University Services Lead)

Description

The student will work with the Supervisors and MBGNA staff from diverse units with a focus on understanding how our audiences engage with our living collections at the Dixboro site. The project information and insights are critical for fundamental rethinking and refocusing of current processes. The position brings real-life experience for Fellows interested in issues of socially equitable access, how information is internalized and knowledge made, learning environments in informal education contexts, non-virtual engagement with living organisms in an increasingly virtual world, etc.

There are two operational options based on our strategic goals of environmental stewardship, leadership, and enjoyment. A set of theme gardens or areas may be selected based on the Fellow’s interests.

  1. Based on the educational practice of Windows and Mirrors: assess and make recommendations for interpretative materials to allow the audience/visitor to reflect on how their life is a part of the conservation message.
  2. Visitors come to the Gardens to enjoy nature: what motivations do they have to understand and practice conservation and stewardship here and at home?

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens living collections that are visited year-round are focused on the exotic plant collections in the Conservatory and its three biomes (Tropical, Warm-Temperate/Mediterranean, Desert). During reasonable weather from April to October / November the display gardens, restored areas and nature trails significantly expand the opportunities for visitor engagement. Although this is a summer-project, the findings need to be applicable to the Conservatory, given its year-round educational and public-engagement roles.

Time Commitment and Stipend

  • 2 to 3 days per week
  • 8 to 10 weeks
  • $2,240 to $4,200

About

The MBGNA site on Dixboro Road has nearly 150,000 visitors a year. The living collections include over 1,000 exotic, non-hardy representatives in the Conservatory while outdoors are found nearly 1/4 of the state’s native flora. There are numerous themed gardens and areas, from the Tropical House to the Great Lakes Gardens.

Visit the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum website.

University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

Location

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Supervisor

David Choberka, Mellon Manager of Academic Outreach and Teaching

Description of Role

For a student interested in exploring art museum education and digital humanities oriented toward college-level teaching and research on topics related to social justice and public scholarship. The fellow will develop and organize materials related to research and teaching with objects in the art museum’s collection for The Exchange, UMMA’s new digital collection system. This includes researching and creating thematic sets of art works for various academic interest groups as well as identifying and organizing other scholarship and media to supplement academic engagement with these learning resources.

The Fellow will:

  • Develop new collection sets to meet the current and future interests of specific academic interest groups, with particular attention to those engaged in social justice scholarship, the study of diversity, and critical engagement with contemporary society and culture.
  • Research and assemble supplementary scholarship and media for academic sets.
  • Help to develop a tutorial and outreach plan to promote and assist use of The Exchange by university instructors.
  • Assist in preparation and teaching for university class visits.
  • Engage in custom collection searches for the specific needs of instructors and researchers.

Time Commitment and Stipend

  • 3 days per week, 8 weeks
  • $3,360 stipend

About

One of the finest university art museums in the country, UMMA holds collections representing 150 years of art collecting. A dynamic schedule of special exhibitions and interpretative programs connects visitors with the rich artistic legacy of the past and today’s avant-garde.

One of the Museum of Art’s most important roles is its contribution to the academic mission of the University of Michigan. From the research and study uses of the extraordinary works of art in our collections, to the teaching implications of all of our temporary exhibitions, the Museum plays an increasingly central role in the academic life of the University, even as it connects to broad regional and national community audiences.

Visit the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) website.

Michigan State University Matrix Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences

Location

East Lansing, Michigan

Supervisor

Dean Rehberger, Director

Description

Matrix: Digital Humanities and Social Science Center will support two fellows for a Digital Humanities experience. This is a chance for Fellows to work in one of the top Digital Humanities centers in the country and experience all sides of project development. The two Fellows will have a chance for a variety of experiences. A Fellow may choose to work on several projects or plunge more deeply into a single project. Interns will have the opportunity to: participate in Matrix staff meetings to learn about the operation of a Digital Humanities center; work on and review grant applications; work in the digital lab on a variety of media and formats; and work on projects, including:

  • Scholarly publishing and the Public Philosophy Journal (refining publication platform and amplifying its use in other communities and/or disciplines);
  • Oral History in the Digital Age (updating and redesigning site or implementing metadata multimedia synchronizer);
  • What America Ate (launching crowdsourcing tools and implementing linked open data);
  • African Online Digital Library (developing federated search and browse functionality or working on site redesign);
  • Archaeology Resource Cataloging System (ARCS) (publishing linked open data and refining crowdsourcing interface and interactions);
  • Slave Biographies (developing an online space for research on slavery and learning about the history of slavery);
  • Mbira (an open source platform for creating and managing location-based and mobile cultural heritage experiences)

We may also have a variety of new projects by next summer. The key will be to learn about and experience the Digital Humanities from the inside of one of the oldest and largest Digital Humanities centers in the country.

Time Commitment and Stipend

  • 3 days per week, 8 weeks. Flexible mid-May-August.
  • $3,360 stipend (plus $450 travel allowance)
  • Note: this site requires commuting to East Lansing, Michigan

About

Matrix, the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University, is devoted to the application of new technologies for teaching, research, and outreach. As one of the premier humanities computing centers in the United States, Matrix creates and maintains online resources, provides training in computing and new teaching technologies, and creates forums for the exchange of ideas and expertise in the field. Matrix houses major digital library repositories including the African Online Digital Library, Detroit Public Television’s American Black Journal video archives, Historical Voices, and the Quilt Index. Matrix partners with many units at Michigan State University and with external organizations such as museums, libraries, and archives that hold collections of cultural resources important for public access and humanities research, teaching, and learning. Matrix works with these partners to digitize collections, preserve digital resources, and present them online for teaching and research purposes. Matrix has been involved in a range of training initiatives, notably with teachers in the Great Lakes region and with diverse groups in Western and South Africa.

Visit the Michigan State University Matrix Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences website.

Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) - University of Michigan – Dearborn (1)

Location

Dearborn, Michigan

Supervisor

Tracy S. Hall, Ph.D.

Description of Role

Youth Engagement Work in Detroit – Youth to College Connections. The Office of Metropolitan Impact is partnering with various community organizations on Detroit’s east side to support and promote positive youth development, support attainment of a high school diploma or General Equivalency Degree (GED), develop career readiness, and create pathways to higher education for youth (primarily of color) between the ages of 16 and 24. This work is done through a Trauma Informed Care and Restorative Practices framework, which seeks to support the development of the whole student.

As part of a diverse team of faculty, staff, and community partners, the Fellow will:

  • Research best practice literature on trauma informed and restorative approaches for youth development.
  • Analyze data collected from youth engagement workshops and programs to inform future initiatives.
  • Develop workshops, resources, and trainings for youth engagement programming.
  • Engage in strategic planning as it relates to youth engagement programming.
  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities to support on-going community work with youth, including, but not limited to, literature review and grant proposal research and pursuit of both government and foundation opportunities.

Time Commitment and Stipend

  • 2-4 days per week, 8-12 weeks
  • $2,240 – $4,200, depending on time commitment (plus travel allowance of $400)
  • Note: this position requires commuting to Dearborn, Michigan

About

OMI promotes the University’s Mission by forging mutually beneficial partnerships.

The mission of the Office of Metropolitan Impact is to further develop the volume, value, and impact of mutually beneficial community partnerships for research, teaching, learning, and service and to enhance aspects of the Chancellor’s Metropolitan Vision as defining dimensions of University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Visit the Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) – University of Michigan – Dearborn website.

Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) - University of Michigan – Dearborn (2)

Location

Dearborn, Michigan

Supervisors

Tracy S. Hall, Ph.D. and Marc Miller, Deputy, Regional Initiatives, Michiganchigan Department of Natural Resources

Description of Role

The Metro Detroit Nature Network (MDN2) is a regional collective impact collaborative that has evolved over the past 2+ years to represent over 30 regional institutions committed to conservation issues, such as the Detroit Zoological Society, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, mParks, Detroit Audubon, Ducks Unlimited, Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy, Oakland Conservation District, and many, many more.

MDN2’s vision is that all people in the metropolitan Detroit region have access to and actively steward nature and promote ecosystem sustainability. Some focus areas of the Network include creating career pathways for youth, citizen science, and issues related to sustainability. Working alongside MDN2 partners, the Fellow will:

  • Compile existing data on key environmental, economic, and societal indicators for southeast Michigan;
  • Perform a comprehensive and integrative assessment of the health of the region from a sustainability perspective;
  • Make recommendations for improvements consistent with adaptive management; and
  • Identify funding sources for the Network.

Time Commitment and Stipend

  • 2-4 days per week, 8-12 weeks
  • $2,240 – $4,200, depending on time commitment (plus travel allowance of $400)
  • Note: this position requires commuting to Dearborn, Michigan

About

OMI promotes the University’s Mission by forging mutually beneficial partnerships.

The mission of the Office of Metropolitan Impact is to further develop the volume, value, and impact of mutually beneficial community partnerships for research, teaching, learning, and service and to enhance aspects of the Chancellor’s Metropolitan Vision as defining dimensions of University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Visit the Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) – University of Michigan – Dearborn website.

Rackham Development and Alumni Relations

Location

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Supervisor

Jill McDonough, Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Description of Role

For a student interested in exploring development as a career option, this internship provides an opportunity for hands-on experience in areas that are critical to the philanthropic enterprise: communications and alumni relations. The student will research past recipients of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards, reach out for and conduct interviews with select recipients, write up their stories for the Rackham website and social media channels, and vet recipients who may serve as potential volunteers for Rackham. The student will work closely with staff in the Rackham Development Office and the Rackham Communications team to gain an understanding of the role of communications and alumni relations in philanthropy, as well as garner practical experience in these areas.

Time Commitment and Stipend

  • 3 days per week, 8 weeks
  • $3,360

About

The Rackham Graduate School Development and Alumni Relations team strives to create a culture of engagement and giving to support graduate students at the University of Michigan.

Visit the Rackham Development and Alumni Relations website.

Contact the Program in Public Scholarship

1530 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070

Hours

The Program in Public Scholarship is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays and on the following holidays: Thanksgiving (Thursday and the following Friday), Christmas through New Year's, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), and Labor Day.

Rackham Graduate School will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. We will return at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 26. During the holiday, there will be no processing of application materials and no updates to your Wolverine Access account. After we reopen, there will be a delay in processing application materials. Thank you for your patience as we process the high volume of materials.