The Mahindra Humanities Center invites applications for undergraduate internships in the public humanities.
Fall 2022 Internship in the Public Humanities: Grant Writing & Nonprofit Administration Internship
The grant-writing & nonprofit administration intern will learn the process of applying for and reporting on grant funding to support the work of Verse Video Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit multimedia production company which produces the PBS series Poetry in America.
Management at a small nonprofit takes a can-do attitude, a close eye for detail, and a willingness to dive deep into research and communicate with others to solve problems. Often learning on the fly by adapting to the challenges that come up each week, the intern will work alongside the nonprofit’s operations manager to keep organized records of monthly spending in order to report on the grant funding that supports Poetry in America’s work.
On the flip side, nonprofit fundraising work requires very strong writing and communication skills, careful attention to the details of how your programs run, curiosity about your industry, and understanding of big ideas. Working alongside a seasoned grant writer, the intern will also help support multiple ongoing fundraising campaigns and collaborations, learning along the way the fundamentals of researching and applying for grant funding in the public humanities.
Weekly tasks might include: researching and compiling potential grant opportunities; emailing a foundation program officer with questions; helping to review monthly expense sheets; following up with staff on credit card transactions; collecting, coding and filing receipts; proofreading or helping to draft a concept paper, letter of inquiry, or slide deck; compiling and formatting social media anecdotes and press material for grant reports; drafting a project budget; helping to prepare or review a financial report or state filing; assisting with prep for the organization’s 2021 audit; or simply researching problems as they arise.
This internship will require detailed attention to classifying expenses, some familiarity with Google Drive and Google Sheets, and the ability to work with others on deadline. No prior experience in accounting, grant-writing, or management is required. Students with an interest in media or television production, filmmaking, education, or the public arts and humanities are invited to apply. Work will be mostly remote, with exceptions to be determined in consultation with the position’s supervisor, including an optional visit to our office / production hub in Brighton.
Students applying for this internship should be ready to commit 7-10 hours per week throughout the duration of the internship. The period of the internship is 10 weeks during the Fall 2022, ideally beginning the week of September 19th and ending when fall term classes end. The intern will receive a stipend of $1,450 (half payable at the end of week 5 and half payable upon successful completion of the internship and submission of a brief report).
Students may apply to up to THREE “Fall 2022 Internships in the Public Humanities.” If you apply to more than one, please apply to each separately and rank them in your order of preference in each of your cover letters.
Preferred class levels: Students must be currently enrolled rising sophomores or juniors. Currently enrolled seniors are also eligible to apply for fall internships if graduating in spring 2023.
Required application documents: Cover letter explaining why you are interested in the internship and what experience you have relevant to the description; resumé; copy of unofficial Harvard transcript
Application deadline: Sunday, September 4th, 2022 at 11:59pm