PhD Plus Internship in IHGC


Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures (IHGC) at University of Virginia was established in 2012. Through its Mellon-funded Humanities Research Laboratories for advanced research, Mellon Faculty Fellows, Bucker Clay Fellowships for faculty and advanced graduate students, symposia, workshops, lectures, internships, and its undergraduate-produced annual Humanities Week, the IHGC fosters a community of scholars attuned to the global calling of the humanities in the 21st century. Supported by the Buckner Clay Endowment and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the IHGC promotes research and experimental pedagogy on the Global South, Climate Change and the Environment, Human Rights and the Post-Human Turn, Media Ecologies and Technology, War, Violence, and Humanitarianism, Comparative Religions, Pre-Modern and Early Modern Global Cultures, and Oceanic Connections.


Professor Debjani Ganguly, Director of the institute.


IHGC fosters a community of scholars attuned to the global calling of the humanities in the 21st century, and it invites applications for an internship as a Project Coordinator to provide administrative, programmatic, project management, and communications support for a variety of IHGC projects and programs to help the IHGC fulfill its global and diverse mission. If you’re interested in a career in higher education administration or the nonprofit sector, project management in an academic setting, an organization filled with diverse people and global cultures, community engagement, or a position where you can create impact, then the IHGC would be a great organization where a PhD student would gain exposure to and experience in these arenas. 

Career Development 

This internship will prepare an intern for careers in any of the following

  • Faculty
  • Industry and For-Profit organizations
  • Government
  • Non-profit 
  • Higher education administration
  • Communication, outreach, and publishing
  • Teaching


The intern will assist the Director and Program Manager by supporting a variety of administrative and outreach responsibilities

  • planning and organizing symposia, workshops, and other events (e.g. Mellon Fellows Symposia). This involves logistic planning like scheduling meetings, travel, lodging, and catering arrangements
  • communication and marketing project events: managing social media promotions, develop and maintain project website content and maintaining list-servs
  • prepare project reports
  • Manage project expenses, accounts and monthly reconciliations, and purchases.

Skills Development

This internship will provide experiences to develop and polish the following skills

  • Communicating to a diverse audience
  • Inter-disciplinary team collaboration
  • Problem-solving and analytical
  • Self and Career Management
  • Marketing
  • Thought leadership and innovation
  • Event management
  • knowledge of internal business systems in higher education administration
  • Teaching, mentoring and training

Mentoring Plan

The intern will receive ongoing mentorship and support from Director of the institute, Professor Debjani Ganguly and Program Manager, Anne Gilliam

Desired Qualities

The intern should have following broad skills for success in this internship

  • Interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative, diverse team environment, as well as the ability to take initiative and work independently
  •  Oral and written communication skills.
  • Organizational skills, ability to multi-task and attention to detail are required.
  • Demonstrated leadership, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.  
  • Design skills; basic training and familiarity with design software such as InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Canva.
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in website maintenance, especially to maintain and update IHGC website.
  • Conversant with social media in order to grow and maintain IHGC’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, etc.
  • Familiarity with PC and Mac computers, standard office software and applications, and University classroom computers and A/V equipment.

Duration and Effort

The internship will commence in the Fall of 2020 and continue through the Spring of 2021. During the academic year, the internship expects an average of ten hours per week, although there may be an occasional intensive week with more hours required depending on project deadlines/timeline. We would plan these in advance and would then make adjustments in prior or subsequent weeks to maintain the appropriate level of effort across the internship period.


$25 per hour in wages provided by the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures.