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

The application for 2021–22 has closed. Check back here in fall 2022 for the next Gateway Internship application period!

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 work for IPM and will be supervised by the station’s Director of Engagement and Educational Outreach in close collaboration with the department of news and public affairs. The intern will help produce community listening sessions for WILL staff, blog about the activities of our early childhood program known as The Book Mentor Project, and help build the groundwork for a new campus film festival called “Reel Midwest.” Listening sessions assist reporters and other staff 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 on-line programming. Conversations will take place virtually unless conditions allow for safe, in-person listening sessions in central Illinois.

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


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. A broad interest in the humanities is preferred.


The position begins November 1, 2021 and ends May 15, 2022. The Humanities Gateway intern will work approximately five hours per week (for a total of $2,000 in all). There is flexibility regarding the hours to be worked. 

Application Guidelines

Submit your application through the online form. To apply, please submit a one-page letter of interest, a 1-page resumé, and a list of two references using this 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.


Questions may be directed to Humanities Research Institute (HRI) Assistant Director for Education and Outreach, Alaina Pincus.