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Communications and Research Intern


National Humanities Alliance


Washington D.C. (Remote)


Scott Muir, Project Director, Study the Humanities

Description of the Intern’s Role and Responsibilities

The intern will support the work of the Study the Humanities initiative, which supports the humanities community in attracting more undergraduates to the humanities. There are two major components of the initiative: researching effective recruitment strategies and creating advocacy resources that help faculty and administrators make the case for studying the humanities as an undergraduate. Specific projects will be selected in concert with the intern based on their interests and abilities and the current status of projects. Options for projects include:

  • Conducting web-based research and interviews regarding innovative undergraduate-facing initiatives, including new academic programs, career pathways programming, and undergraduate research fellowships, for inclusion in reports to be distributed to the higher ed community (see last year’s Strategies for Recruiting Students to the Humanities for an example)
  • Supporting the development and distribution of our podcast of humanities major career stories, What Are You Going to Do With That?, through the editing of recorded interviews and episodes and outreach to interview targets and audiences
  • Contributing to the redesign and distribution of our online toolkit of evidence-based arguments for studying the humanities by compiling research on student outcomes, helping to organize and present this information, and writing social media posts and other communications to promote the updated resource

Through this work, the research assistant will learn about innovative work in undergraduate humanities education and acquire advocacy experience and skills. In addition to these initiative-specific tasks, the research assistant will have opportunities to contribute to the broader advocacy work of the organization and learn how it connects with universities, scholarly societies, higher ed associations, and advocacy organizations to promote the value of the humanities in American life.


All Rackham doctoral interns contribute 20 hours per week to their internship organization. At NHA, the hours are generally flexible. The intern will need to be available for occasional meetings during normal working hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, but will have control over the days and times when these meetings occur. Ideally, the intern will attend staff meetings on Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

About the Organization

The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) is a nationwide coalition of organizations advocating for the humanities on campuses, in communities, and on Capitol Hill. Founded in 1981, NHA is supported by over 200 member organizations, including: colleges, universities, libraries, museums, cultural organizations, state humanities councils, and scholarly, professional, and higher education associations. It is the only organization that brings together the U.S. humanities community as a whole.