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University of Mississippi

Humanities and Social Sciences Internships List

Sunflower County Freedom Project Summer Internship Program

Brief description: The SCFP Summer Internship Program is offered through support from the Office of the Provost Division of Outreach, the Department of Public Policy Leadership, and the SMBHC.

The program includes: an extensive hands-on teaching experience at SCFP for students ages 12–16; a five-week course on nonprofit management; the development and execution of a fundraising project; and a weeklong trip to Oxford where interns teach a daily enrichment course. During residence at SCFP, the intern will receive feedback and support from a mentor teacher. Interns will also be responsible for the documentation of several Freedom Project student experiences through interviews, photography, and video.

Eligibility: Students must have completed their sophomore year in order to be eligible.

Program Dates: May 27–July 27

Location: Mississippi Delta

Stipend: A small living stipend.

Deadline: Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

DOWNLOAD SCFP APPLICATION HERE.

Applications must be delivered to JoAnn Edwards, 309 Lott Leadership Institute, or emailed as a word document to jedwards@olemiss.edu.

Web Address: http://www.sunflowerfreedom.org/

Center for Strategic and International Studies Internships

Brief description: Full and part-time volunteer and paid internships are available in the Summer, Fall, and Spring for undergraduates and advanced students interested in a hands-on learning experience with a public policy research institution. Interns work at a variety of tasks and have the opportunity to attend seminars and discussions with leaders in public policy.

Eligibility: A college junior in good standing with at least a 3.0 GPA (except for Anne Armstrong Leadership Award applicants, who must have at least a 3.5 GPA and demonstrate strong potential for leadership in international affairs).

Location: Washington, DC.

Stipend: There is only one paid internship offered per semester (Anne Armstrong Leadership award of $4,500). The rest of the internships are voluntary.

Deadline(s): March 15 for summer, July 15 for Fall, October 15 for Spring.

Web Address: www.csis.org.

Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Programs

Brief description: The Institute for Humane Studies sponsors this public policy internship, allowing students to work with policy experts, journalists, and academics in an exploration of market-based solutions to social and economic problems. An introductory seminar is followed by an 8-week internship at a research institution or a public interest law firm.

Eligibility: Open to undergraduates, graduates, professionals.

Location: Washington, DC and on a local suburban campus.

Stipend: $1,500 plus housing and travel costs.

Deadline(s): January 31.

Web Address: www.theihs.org.

Department of State Student Internships

Brief description: The Department offers several programs designed to provide students with direct experience in the field of foreign affairs. Interns may work in Washington, DC or at embassies overseas. Duties vary according to assignment, from scientific/technological tasks to administrative projects to logistical support; in general the internships are seen as excellent preparation for a career in international affairs. Duration is usually one semester during the academic year or at least 10 weeks in the summer.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens in good academic standing; a broad range of majors acceptable including (but not limited to) business administration, social work, economics, management information systems, journalism, biology, the physical sciences, and international affairs; must have completed 60 credit hours before start of internship.

Location: Half are in DC, some in other large US cities; remainder are in overseas embassies.

Stipend: Some paid, some unpaid; housing is not provided unless the internship is abroad.

Deadline(s): For summer, November 1; for Fall, March 1; for Spring, July 1.

Web Address: www.careers.state.gov.

Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program

Brief description: Undergrad students work on one of several Gilder Lehrman research projects that rely on the intensive study of primary sources. At the end of the 5-week program, Scholars will have completed a project that will result in a publication credit as co-editor. Scholars participate in weekly meetings with eminent historians and visit leading repositories of American historical documents, printed materials, and materials culture.

Eligibility: Sophomore or junior standing, interest in pursuing a major in American history, and demonstrated academic excellence in the field.

Location: Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York, NY.

Stipend: $2,200 plus room, board, and travel expenses.

Deadline(s): March 3.

Web Address: www.gilderlehrman.org.

Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowships

Brief description: Students participate in a 9-week living-learning program, studying and working in Historic Deerfield museum houses. Fellows attend seminar sessions on History and Material Culture Studies, and work with Historic Deerfield curatorial staff. The program fosters exploration of museum studies and of New England history and material culture.

Eligibility: Junior standing or higher.

Location: Deerfield, Massachusetts.

Stipend: $7,500 award covers tuition, books, field trips, and room and board; some awards of an additional $500-$1,500 are offered to students in financial need to offset loss of summer income.

Deadline(s): March 15.

Web Address: www.historic-deerfield.org

Journalism Internships at Freedom Communications Newspapers

Brief description: The Institute for Humane Studies sponsors 10-week summer internships for those engaged in or planning careers in journalism and wishing to learn how classical liberal or libertarian principles can operate in that field. Interns work under a mentor at a newspaper to gain reporting experience. They also participate in a week-long seminar on individual liberty and economic freedom.

Eligibility: Current undergraduates and recent graduates; ideal candidates would have a demonstrated interest in journalism and an understanding of the principles of a free society.

Location: Washington, DC and various locations.

Stipend: $400/week, travel and housing allowance.

Deadline(s): January 31.

Web Address: www.theihs.org.

Library of Congress

Brief description: There are many internship, fellowship, and volunteer program opportunities throughout the Library. The programs can be searched by narrowing stipend (yes or no), qualifications, and category (field).

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduate students.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Stipend: Varies.

Deadline(s): Varies.

Web Address: www.loc.gov.

Morris K. Udall Archives Research Travel Grants

Brief description: Students interested in researching projects related to issues addressed by Morris K. Udall and Stewart Lee Udall during their careers may apply for travel grants to reimburse them for travel to use the historical collections in the University of Arizona Library Special Collections. Relevant issues include conservation, the environment, Native American policy, natural resources, nuclear energy, and relevant aspects of American politics and Mormon history.

Eligibility: Open to students and independent researchers.

Location: Tucson, AZ.

Stipend: $1,000 awarded as reimbursement for travel to/from Tucson and accommodation during the stay.

Deadline(s): Applications accepted and reviewed throughout the year.

Web Address: www.library.arizona.edu.

The Nation Internships

Brief description: College students and recent graduates gain editorial or publishing experience by working with staff at The Nation. Tasks will include photocopying and filing, but interns also conduct research, evaluate manuscripts, and help create and carry out projects. The internship also involves access to weekly seminars with leading journalists, authors, and politicians. Internships are available in the Summer, Fall, and Spring.

Eligibility: No major specified; must have completed junior year.

Location: 9 internships in New York City, 1 internship in Washington, DC.

Stipend: $150 per week; some need-based housing and travel grants available.

Deadline(s): June 23 for fall; November 2 for spring.

Web Address: www.nationinstitute.org.

Smithsonian Institution Internships

Brief description: Program offers students a structured learning experience relevant to their academic and professional goals and to the research and museum activities of the individual institution; exact descriptions are provided by the institutes and museums themselves; interested students should contact individual internship coordinators as listed on the web.

Eligibility: Must be at least 16 years old; preferred majors not specified.

Location: Varies, most are in Washington, D.C.

Stipend: Varies by institute and program.

Deadline(s): Varies by institute and program.

Web Address: www.si.edu.

Smithsonian Institution Minority Awards Program

Brief description: The Office of Research Training and Services offers internships and visiting student awards to increase participation of U.S. minority groups who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field. This program is designed to provide undergraduate and beginning graduate students the opportunity to learn more about the Smithsonian and their academic fields through direct experience in research or museum-related internship projects under the supervision of research and professional staff members at the Institution’s many museums, research institutes, and offices.

Eligibility: currently engaged in undergraduate or graduate study; minimum 3.0 GPA; the relevance of an internship at the Smithsonian to the student’s academic and career goals is an important part of the evaluation of an applicant

Location: Washington, D.C.

Stipend: $500 per week, with additional travel allowances in some cases.

Deadline: February 1 for summer and fall; October 1 for spring.

Web Address: www.si.edu.