Graduate Internship Program

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Recognizing that graduate students in the humanities and social sciences have highly sought-after writing, communication, and quantitative skills that can enrich the operations of units across the university, the Liberal Arts Graduate Internship Program (GRIP) is designed to connect graduate students in the liberal arts with those university units that can most benefit from their expertise.

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The program seeks to provide humanities and social science PhD students with expanded work experience in a university context without derailing them from their primary course of study or slowing their progress toward their degrees.

How It Works

  • Interested units post an internship position description to the GRIP website, including the name of an identified mentor for the internship
  • As part of the application, the Director of Graduate Studies for the student’s home unit submits a brief email supporting the student’s candidacy to the hiring manager. The email must indicate that the student’s dissertation adviser also is supportive
  • The unit then interviews and hires the intern for one or two semesters of 20-hours of work per week
  • The student’s home department appoints him or her as usual; however, the student is released from departmental teaching or research responsibilities for the duration of the internship
  • At the end of the internship, the supervisor-mentor submits a brief report to the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies summarizing the student’s performance


  • Hosting unit pays $10K to the student’s home unit to cover the cost of the student’s stipend and fringe for the internship semester
  • Hosting unit dedicates staff time to mentoring
  • College covers the cost of tuition for the student


For Employment in Fall SemesterFor Employment in Spring Semester
By Mar 15 Employing unit posts job ad By Sept 15 Employing unit posts job ad
By April 15 Student applies for job By October 15 Student applies for job
By May 15 Unit makes hiring decision By Nov 15 Unit makes hiring decision



Contact Eric Silver, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of the Liberal Arts,

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