Humanities Gateway Internship

The Humanities Gateway Internship in Public Media and Civic Engagement: A Partnership between the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) and Illinois Public Media

Undergraduate majors in humanities disciplines are invited to apply for a paid internship in Public Media and Civic Engagement sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute (HRI), the campus humanities hub, in partnership with Illinois Public Media (IPM), the public broadcasting service of the University of Illinois (your local NPR/PBS station).

The successful candidate will be housed at IPM to produce four to eight community-listening sessions for our journalists. These listening sessions will assist reporters in understanding the aspirations of the communities we serve and the roadblocks to those aspirations. Information from these sessions will be shared throughout IPM and will assist in the creation of on-air and online programming. Conversations will take place throughout central Illinois. Transportation to remote locations will be provided by IPM.

This position is funded thanks in part to a generous gift from Elizabeth Nolan.

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Application Deadline Date


To be considered for this internship, candidates must be humanities majors and possess strong writing and communications skills, excellent attention to detail, the ability to work independently, have good public speaking skills and an investigative mind. The intern must also have a driver’s license. A broad interest in the humanities is preferred.


The position begins September 9, 2024 and ends May 2, 2025. The Humanities Gateway intern will work approximately five hours per week and will be paid up to $2,000 total for the year. There is flexibility regarding the hours to be worked.

Application Guidelines

To apply, please submit a one-page letter of interest, a one-page resumé, and a list of two references to the online form. References may be academic or non-academic, so long as they can speak to your skills and work ethic; at least one referee should be able to comment on your communication skills.

Application Deadline Details

Note: the deadline has been extended to Friday, April 5, 2024! The new deadline for this year's applications is Friday, March 22, 2024.


Questions may be directed to Humanities Research Institute (HRI) Senior Communications Manager Erin Ciciora.