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The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency that provides support to advance and disseminate knowledge in all of the disciplines of the humanities: history, literature, linguistics, archaeology, jurisprudence and the history, criticism and theory of the arts.
In support of the NEH mission, the NEH Pathways Internship Program provides paid opportunities for current students accepted for enrollment in qualifying educational programs.
Pathways interns should assume that they will be participating in 100% telework. You are encouraged to select more than one office/division of interest on your application questionnaire.
A description of each office/division can be found at https://www.neh.gov/divisions-offices and duties for each office/division may include:
Division of Challenge Programs – Interns in the Division of Challenge Programs may conduct research to assist with ongoing assessment of Challenge programs and on individual grants as assigned and produce written reports on your analyses. Assist with program promotion, outreach, and communication. Work with Challenge Office staff to enhance the promotion of the work of grantees through interviews and blog postings. In collaboration with Challenge staff members our interns assist in identifying possible panelists as well as assisting with peer review panels and taking notes at panels.
Division of Education Programs – Interns in the Division of Education Programs collaborate with staff on projects related to K-12 and higher education. These tasks can include research and engagement with grant recipients, creation and presentation of materials for professional development programs, development of curricular materials for EDSITEment, and planning and executing social media and other communication needs. Interns also assist with peer review panels and project directors’ meetings.
Federal/State Partnership – We are looking for interns with a passion for the humanities and strong writing, communications, and organizational skills. Interns must be self-directed, able to complete tasks in a timely manner, and pay close attention to detail. Potential projects include research on public humanities topics, writing for our website and e-newsletter, and digital records management.
Division of Preservation and Access – Interns will be assigned specific projects designed to make the best use of their skills, talents, and interests and that will result in a productive learning experience. Projects may involve: research and writing reports on emerging trends in digital humanities; creating databases and other tools for disseminating information about grant programs; and conducting user studies or surveys of grant recipients.
Division of Public Programs – Interns engage in various tasks within the Division, generally gathering data to help in the assessment of the reach and effectiveness of the projects we fund. For example, one recent intern project involved systematically collecting, quantifying, and analyzing data about the reach and impact of recently-funded documentary film programs; another intern compiled information about the interpretive uses of new digital technologies at museums and historic sites. For every project, the intern will prepare a summative report of the findings, and will have opportunities to discuss those findings with Division staff.
Division of Research Programs – Interns in the Division of Research Programs work on projects consistent with the scholarly mission of the Division. Prior interns have examined such things as emerging trends in a particular field or possible ways to classify institutions that support research. All interns in the Division will work as part of a team of other NEH staff members on the national competition for NEH Fellowships. This could include taking notes at panel meetings across several humanities disciplines, processing the results of those meetings, and working with the program to produce a slate of recommended Fellows. The intern would also perform some routine clerical and statistical work.
Office of Digital Humanities – Interns in ODH will embark on independent research and analysis projects, typically involving studying trends in our grantmaking (e.g. analyzing NEH grant applications and awards by geography, discipline, demographics, or other criteria). As an example, see this blog post written by a recent ODH intern.