MAPH Internship: Chicago Humanities Festival

The MAPH summer internship opportunity at the Chicago Humanities Festival provides each student with the following: working experience in the country’s leading public humanities organization, access to world-renowned humanities scholars, interaction with Chicago’s top cultural institutions, and a mentored team environment in which to build varied skills for future employment.

MAPH SUMMER 2012 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM, Principal Responsibilities:

  • Develop ideas for high-quality web content and make content requests of Festival presenters
  • For assigned fall Festival programs, manage the core communications with participants regarding the actual programs, including live program, web content, and presenter logistics
  • Solicit, write, and edit blogs
  • Create rich media content from video and/or audio captured from Festival programs
  • Assist with the coordination of summer Festival education programs Study guide conception and editing

The successful candidate will have:

  • Expertise in one or more humanities, social sciences, or arts disciplines
  • Strong interests in inter- and transdisciplinary work
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to work both independently and on teams
  • Excellent organizational and process management skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • High level of motivation and strong desire to learn and collaborate
  • Positive attitude

About CHF:

The Chicago Humanities Festival creates opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities. We fulfill this mission through our annual festivals, the fall Chicago Humanities Festival and the spring international performance festival, Stages, Sights & Sounds, and by presenting programs throughout the year and on our web site. The CHF is devoted to making the humanities a vital and vibrant ingredient of daily life. We believe that access to cultural, artistic and educational opportunities is a necessary element for a healthy and robust civic environment. Tickets for most fall Festival programs are $5 in advance, $10 at the door and many programs are free of charge to students and teachers (with ID).
Fall Festival audiences can experience lectures and performances by a diverse set of presenters. Among the leading humanities scholars over the last few years have included Ken Alder (Northwestern U), Michael Bérubé (Penn State U), Tom Boellstorff (U of California, Irvine), Glen Bowersock (Institute for Advanced Study), Sarah Burns (Indiana U), Cathy Davidson (Duke U), Peter Galison (Harvard U), Michael Geyer (U of Chicago), Anthony Grafton (Princeton U), Ramón Gutiérrez (U of Chicago), Travis Jackson (U of Chicago), Laura Kipnis (Northwestern U), Jill Lepore (Harvard U), Ania Loomba (U of Pennsylvania), Dwight McBride (Northwestern U), Martha Nussbaum (U of Chicago), David Oshinsky (U of Texas), Michael Taussig (Columbia U), Paula Treichler (U of Illinois), and Sherry Turkle (MIT). Other recent presenters include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Laurie Anderson, David Carr, Umberto Eco, Jonathan Franzen, Amitav Ghosh, Jeanne Gang, William Gibson, Antony Gormley, Matt Groening, David Grossman, Sarah Jones, Tony Kushner, Robert Reich, Dan Savage, Sam Shepard, Steven Sondheim, and Elizabeth Warren.

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