The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is looking for undergraduate interns to work with its Environmental Humanities research group for the academic year 2019–2020. Environmental Humanities is environmental studies from a humanistic standpoint. Environmental Humanities pulls from different movements (environmental philosophy, environmental history, ecocriticism, cultural geography, anthropology, and others) to study the relationship between humans and non-human nature, past and present. The IPRH-Mellon Environmental Humanities Research Group is composed of professors, post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates from different disciplines who are united by their desire to understand the human place in nature, as well as to examine critically the way people make meaning of it.
The research group seeks three undergraduate interns who will work with the group on their seminars, workshops, and programs. Interns will also work with the research group director, Professor Bob Morrissey, to develop their own research projects as well as a research symposium for undergraduates at the end of the spring semester.
The position is open to current University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign undergraduate students in good academic standing. Ideally, applicants for the internship should anticipate being juniors or seniors for the year of the internship and should demonstrate some familiarity with and/or curiosity about the intersections between sciences and the humanities. All applicants, regardless of years to graduation, should argue the case for their readiness/preparation for the opportunity in their application materials.
Terms of Internship – Duties of the yearlong internship include:
- Attendance at weekly research-group meeting (9 am to 11 am on Fridays);
- Weekly meeting with research group director to talk over research projects;
- Assisting with research group workshops and program activities; and
- Organizing an undergraduate research symposium.
Interns will work approximately 10 to 11 hours per week, paid at the rate of $15.75 per hour (up to $5000/year), and will have up to $600 to support their research. Application Deadline: March 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. View the full application guidelines and learn how to apply: https://www.iprh.illinois.edu//fellowships/mellon/undergraduate.html. Questions about this internship opportunity may be addressed to Nancy Castro at email@example.com or (217) 244-7913.