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Rackham Academic Term Internships

As part of its vision for transforming graduate education in the 21st century, Rackham Graduate School is committed to preparing doctoral students for a wide variety of careers, both within and beyond academia. Rather than asking graduate students to undertake this professional development on top of their regular program of study, Rackham seeks to embed it into their training.

The Academic-Term Internship Program provides doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences with an opportunity to apply their academic knowledge in a novel setting that will expand their sense of career possibilities and equip them to be competitive in multiple job markets. By offering this program during the academic year, Rackham intends to make internships an integral and complementary part of doctoral training. Funding for Academic-Term Internships is made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Rackham Graduate School.

Interns will work a 0.50 FTE, the equivalent of 20 hours per week, and receive full stipend, candidacy tuition reimbursement, and benefits at the current rates.


  • Only humanities and social science doctoral students who have achieved candidacy are eligible to apply.
  • Students must be in good academic standing and must obtain authorization from their Director of Graduate Studies, indicating that they have departmental approval to participate in this program.
  • International students may participate in the program, but will need appropriate work authorization to do so for internship sites off campus. International students should consult with the International Center to discuss what work authorization may be needed in order to participate in an internship.
  • Selected interns must sign a student agreement, complete a work plan using Rackham’s template, and attend mandatory Rackham-led meetings, including an orientation, monthly cohort meetings throughout the academic term, and a final debriefing.

Fall 2020 Internship Host Sites

Arab American National Museum

The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is the first and only museum in the United States devoted to Arab American history and culture. By bringing the voices and faces of Arab Americans to mainstream audiences, AANM is committed to dispelling misconceptions about Arab Americans and other minorities.

AANM is seeking a Rackham graduate intern to assist with projects that include researching and developing content for exhibitions, digital humanities projects, public programs, and educational programs.

In particular, the intern will:

  • Assist with a community-based archival project to help organize and process a part of our archival holdings related to the history of ACCESS, the largest Arab American community non-profit in the country. ACCESS will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2021, and AANM has a large number of un-processed or semi-processed materials about ACCESS.
  • Meet with current and former ACCESS leaders to better understand the scope and content of the materials.
  • Gain skills in digitizing archival material, working with metadata, and managing archival materials.

Ideal candidates will have knowledge of Arab American history and/or history of political activism in the United States, as well as an interest working in museums and archives. The intern will work closely with AANM’s Archivist and Research & Content Manager.

Note: if AANM and U-M guidance allow for in-person work in the fall term, this position will require commuting to Dearborn, MI.


ProQuest is committed to empowering researchers and librarians around the world. The company’s portfolio of assets—including content, technologies, and deep expertise—drives better research outcomes for users and greater efficiency for the libraries and organizations that serve them. Topic areas for the interns’ projects will include public health, online learning, history, and nursing.

Music + Open Access Innovation

The ProQuest product management team seeks an innovative individual to execute a pilot project demonstrating how artificial intelligence can be used to augment music research with openly available content.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify innovative solutions to leverage artificial intelligence to integrate, enhance, and broaden music research.
  • Review and report on existing open access initiatives and open datasets in the performing arts, such as performance history datasets from leading orchestras and performance venues, institutional repositories, and open access audio, video, and sheet music.
  • Evaluate opportunities for potential collaboration, and develop technical solutions to integrate existing resources with ProQuest content.
  • Make recommendations for future initiatives to use artificial intelligence to support humanities research.
  • In-depth understanding of music/performing arts is required, as well as a background in computer science, data science, artificial intelligence, and/or machine learning. Interest in metadata, linked data, and open access research a strong plus.

Music and Social Change

ProQuest is in the early stages of developing a Music and Social Change product that addresses an identified gap in the market. This product will be targeted at both music departments as well as more broadly, for the study of interdisciplinary areas such as cultural history and communication studies.

Modules in the database address the role of music in the following themes, with additional themes to be considered. Each module is championed by a leading scholar in the field.

  1. African American History and Culture
  2. Women’s History
  3. Migration and Immigration
  4. Environment
  5. Struggle and Protest
  6. Latinx History and Culture
  7. During and After Human Conflict

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review and comment on currently identified bibliographies alongside product manager and lead authors.
  • Partner with product manager to identify additional sources that may already be available within ProQuest such as Historical Newspapers and Music Periodicals of the 19th Century.
  • Identify key primary source collections ProQuest should consider licensing/otherwise including.
  • Investigate implications for acquiring primary sources (e.g., clearing rights and permission)
  • Develop relationships with subject matter experts at institutions holding primary source collections.
  • Provide pedagogical perspective and input as the team storyboards and develops the user experience.

Nursing and Allied Health Multi-Media Curriculum and Standards Alignment

ProQuest is developing solutions to improve clinical skills development and readiness of nursing and allied health students to begin practice. Our goal is to help improve graduation rates, NCLEX, and other standardized test pass rates, clinical readiness (for practical examinations, employment readiness), and increase learning efficiency. You will focus on the alignment of multi-media (video, simulations, AR/VR) to nursing curriculum to address the effectiveness of this medium and the increasing need for virtual (distance) learning. As a member of the product management team, you will interact regularly in a matrixed environment comprised of product, marketing, technology, and content operations professionals.

Tasks include:

  • Research best practices for multi-media delivery of clinical skills development; identify technology and content partners.
  • Align our current product line to Nursing and Allied Health curriculum and identify gaps for multi-media content acquisition or development.
  • Assist with the development of Nursing topic pages that integrate ProQuest’s existing and future portfolio of multi-format content.
  • Identify associations, societies, and government organizations to align with regarding policy and clinical education standards.
  • Additionally you will participate in regular team meetings and will be integrated into our operating rhythm.

All ProQuest opportunities are remote internships, with the possibility of connecting with the Ann Arbor office as public health guidelines and schedules allow.

Application Process

Please read the organization descriptions and application instructions carefully. Applicants must submit the following materials:

Cover Letter

A cover letter which includes the applicant’s full name, email address, and graduate program, should be tailored to the specific position. Your cover letter should be no more than two pages and address your interest in the specific internship and organization to which you are applying, including:

  • What are the skills and experience you bring to the organization?
  • What do you hope to gain from the internship experience?

Current Résumé

  • Current résumé of no more than two to three pages.
  • Professional references: please provide full name and contact information for three references along with your resume.


Partner organizations will schedule interviews in person, by phone, or by video, with students they would like to consider during the month of July. You can leverage the services of Rackham's embedded career counselor to prepare your cover letter, resume, and for your interview—appointments can include cover letter or resume review, tailored interview tips and strategies, as well as mock interviews. Schedule an appointment at the University Career Center's website.

Apply Today

Applications for Academic Term Fall 2020 internships are due Wednesday, July 29. Remember to first obtain authorization from your Director of Graduate Studies before submitting your application.

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