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Public Programs Intern


Michigan Humanities


Okemos/Lansing, MI (hybrid)


Ashley Ross

Description of the Intern’s Role

This internship position will support programming at a statewide level. Primarily, the intern will work on and provide support to three programs depending on schedule: The 2022-23 Great Michigan Read

(GMR); Dialogues of War; Museum on Main Street.

Interns should have an interest in the humanities, be excellent communicators, enjoy programming for various ages and demographics, and be detail oriented. During the internship, students will be introduced to facilitation and convening methods. Additionally, the intern will build a network of humanities partners around the state, understand the programming work of a state humanities council as supported by the federal government, learn about the grantmaking process, and have tangible and meaningful work experience in the humanities both in-person and virtually.

For GMR, the intern will help in the development for a new Great Michigan Read book that will be freshly selected upon the start of their internship. The intern will support the development of reader’s and teacher’s guides as well as other supplemental materials for the upcoming cycle. The intern can expect to learn how to create these materials as well as work with humanities professionals to support this work.

Dialogues of War is a new program launching in the fall of 2022 to create a community conversation program that will be focused on women veterans and their experiences during their time in service. The intern will help coordinate this program with partners, engage an advisory committee, and support recruiting student facilitators. Depending on the timeline of the project launch, the intern will also support a facilitation training program.

The intern may also support the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Spark! Places of Innovation. The intern will support logistics, training, and working with partners.


Flexible, specific schedule TBD in consultation with intern and Michigan Humanities meetings.

About the Organization

Michigan Humanities is one of 56 state (and territories) humanities councils in the country. Michigan Humanities was founded in 1974 as a result of federal legislation. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Michigan Humanities also actively seeks grants, sponsorships, and individual donations to further support cultural programming for Michigan communities. Our mission is to inspire us to come together in creative and freely expressed ways to deepen our understanding of ourselves and enrich our communities.