Dumbarton Oaks Plant Humanities Initiative Intern
The Plant Humanities Initiative at Dumbarton Oaks, a Harvard research center in Washington, DC, is an interdisciplinary endeavor that brings together the humanities, plant sciences, and arts to understand human cultures through the lens of plants. The initiative emphasizes the digital and public humanities through a flagship digital site, the Plant Humanities Lab, and a monthly series of engaging and accessible articles published by JSTOR Daily that have reached more than 100,000 readers.
We offer a three-week virtual wintersession internship to research and develop an illustrated plant essay (1500-2000 words) for the Plant of the Month series. Under the guidance of the Plant Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellow, the intern will identify and research a plant of contemporary relevance, select primary sources and images, compose a draft for peer review, then address editorial comments and prepare the essay for publication. Past interns and fellows have written on topics as diverse as carnivorous plants, the ethics of conservation and cultural appropriation surrounding white sage, and issues of issues such as climate change, economic inequity, and racial associations through a case-study of pawpaw.
The intern will also receive digital humanities training in the use of Juncture, a visual essay tool we developed for the project’s digital site, the Plant Humanities Lab, and may contribute a future essay to the Lab.
We welcome applications from students in the sciences, arts, and humanities who have a strong interest in the cultural histories of plants and a desire to develop their digital and communication skills.
Candidates should have strong writing skills and an ability to meet deadlines. Through the internship, they will receive training in the use of primary sources and digital repositories, feedback on how to write for a broad audience, and the satisfaction of seeing their work published in an outstanding digital magazine. This is also a great opportunity to acquire or hone basic DH skills.
The Office of Career Services will provide a stipend of $750 to students who complete an OCS Arts & Museums January Internship. If public health conditions at Harvard allow, students will be eligible to apply for on-campus winter-break housing. Please note that only students completing a January internship at the specific sites in the program will be eligible.
Please note: The OCS Arts & Museums January Internship is a full-time experience (30+ hours per week). Students should not pursue additional internships during the three-week period. These internships are open to Harvard College students only.