IDH Intern Assignments:

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IDH Staff Openings

Institute for Digital Humanity Internship Postings, Summer 2023

 

The IDH is seeking interns for Summer 2023.

Internships start in May, with flexible starting dates.

Interns can start as early as the second week of May.

 

These internships can be scheduled with flexibility
– remote or in-person; dedicated work times or project-based deadlines – 
with a commitment between 5 and 20 hours a week possible.

(In your submissions,

let us know how many hours you can offer each week.)

 

Job descriptions are below.
 

To apply:

Submit a cover letter or introductory video 

– 1 page or 90 seconds max – 

to explain why you would be a good fit for the IDH.

Supplemental materials
(classroom or professional writing samples; video or audio work;
lesson plans; social media campaigns; etc.)
that demonstrate your skills are encouraged but not required.

 

 

Label your application materials:

“[Last Name], [Specific Job Posting], Cover Letter”

“[Last Name], [Specific Job Posting], Supplementary [File Format]”

 

And send them to:

Shea Sullivan or Samson Hall


 

IDH Public Relations Division: Website and Social Media Interns

The IDH is seeking Public Relations interns (specializing in web editing or social media) to assist with curation and expansion of its brand assets to:
 

  • aggressively grow its audience before the launch of IDH TV on Instagram; 

  • assist our development division in fundraising;

  • polish and formally “launch” our website for our educational partners;

  • help our advocacy partners with specific digital ethics messaging.  (E.g.,  student data privacy, disinformation, algorithmic bias, mental health, etc.)  I
     

This isn’t your mom’s social media (unless your mom is super cool).  So the IDH is looking for content creators and social media specialists who are smart enough to understand our research and clever enough to “think outside the box” on strategy.  In other words: Regular people with skills – or weirdos with an unusual tone or unique approach to information sharing, but maybe some skill deficits - are all welcome to apply.

 

In the past, our social media promotions and campaigns have included:

  • Multiple art exhibitions with outside partners, including: Digital Rights are Civil Rights:Race and Tech; and Contaminated

  • community education materials on COVID, mental health, and information health

  • information and persuasion about biased facial recognition software, predictive policing, and privacy.

 

Necessary Qualifications: 

The ability to write professionally and communicate complex thoughts succinctly. Must be able to translate a given message so it may be published on a range of diverse platforms. Handling of this content requires critical thinking skills, the willingness to engage with unusual means of persuasion, and the ability to practically apply rhetorical arguments in pieces curated to diverse audiences. Lastly, interns will be required to quickly learn and understand the IDH’s primary methodologies for persuasion and overall desired image.


 

IDH Research Division: Policy Analysts

 

The IDH Research Division is seeking interns to assist with research and writing. This includes:

 

  • staying up-to-date on IDH-relevant news and stories

  • working with social media interns to ensure all related materials adhere to a consistent project tone

  • brainstorming and creating original writing, video scripts, and course materials for IDH campaigns on privacy, algorithmic discrimination, and digital privacy

 

The writing and research connected to this position is varied; there was once a brainstorming session where the team watched old Billy Mays commercials and dissected that rhetorical format, followed by writing traditional grant materials.

 

In the past, our research/writing interns have:

 

  • helped brainstorm new project materials

  • drafted scripts for videos imitating talk shows, infomercials, game shows, and more

  • assisted in writing grants to ensure the continued funding of the IDH

  • created classroom materials for the Pedagogy division

 

Specific projects for this internship position are TBD, but flexibility is a key part of work at the IDH.

 

Necessary Qualifications:

The ability to write professionally and communicate complex thoughts succinctly. Must be able to translate a given message so it may be published on a range of diverse platforms. Handling of this content requires critical thinking skills, the willingness to engage with unusual means of persuasion, and the ability to practically apply rhetorical arguments in pieces curated to diverse audiences. Lastly, interns will be required to quickly learn and understand the IDH’s primary methodologies for persuasion and overall desired image.

IDH Production Division: Video Production and Editing Interns

 

The IDH is seeking interns skilled in video production and editing. Responsibilities of this position include:

 

  • providing support in video script creation

  • participating in video production brainstorming

  • Editing content pre-existing assets in post-production of new projects

  • creating new video content for projects

  • methodically and properly labeling and storing all relevant video assets

 

In the past, video production and editing for the IDH has included diverse projects, including:

 

  • a series of interrelated infomercials

  • a variety of parodies on talk shows and fake movie trailers

  • original concept production work.

 

As for the actual content, to give you an idea of the range: some videos have been simple interviews, while one of our contributors included their hobby-farm chickens in their video work.

 

Specific projects for this internship position are TBD, but flexibility is a key part of work at the IDH.

 

Necessary Qualifications:

The ability to write professionally and communicate complex thoughts succinctly. Must be able to translate a given message so it may be published on a range of diverse platforms. Handling of this content requires critical thinking skills and an understanding of the IDH’s primary methodologies for persuasion and overall desired image. Must be familiar with video production and editing software. Lastly, video production and editing interns must have strong organizational skills and a creative ability relating to conceptual ideation.


 

IDH Production Division: Creative Writing Interns

 

The IDH is seeking interns skilled in creative writing, specifically of a comedic variety. We’re tired of boring advocacy. Want to get people laughing and engaged while also firing them up about algorithmic justice? Responsibilities of this position include:

 

  • Conceptualize creative mediums for education on algorithmic justice

  • Participating in the brainstorming of new and existing projects

  • Addressing different audience with appropriate styles of writing and humor

  • Offering feedback on writing from projects you aren’t directly participating in

  • Communicating copy- and conceptual edits clearly and respectfully

  • Providing comic relief during stressful deadlines while also staying on task

  • Being funny

 

Previous interns who have covered this position have:

 

  • Watched romantic comedies as research for projects

  • Curated a slightly irreverent but still PG-rated tone for projects

  • Climbed trees while wearing formal attire

  • Avoided getting defecated on by chickens

 

Specific projects for this internship position are TBD, but bring your wit and be ready; though this position is focused on comedy and creative expression, the subject matter is often serious. Navigating this seemingly dichotomous balance is a key facet of this position.

 

Necessary Qualifications:

The ability to write professionally and communicate complex thoughts succinctly. Must be able to translate a given message so it may be published on a range of diverse platforms. Handling of this content requires critical thinking skills, the willingness to engage with unusual means of persuasion, and the ability to practically apply rhetorical arguments in pieces curated to diverse audiences. The ability to quickly learn and understand the IDH’s primary methodologies for persuasion and overall desired image. Creative writing interns must have a versatile sense of humor, coupled with comedic and professional discretion. Lastly, the ability to specifically articulate why humor does or doesn’t work in a given context.