The THI Public Fellowship creates opportunity for Humanities doctoral students to contribute to research, programming, communications and fundraising at companies, non-profit organizations, or cultural institutions.
This is more than an internship opportunity. Through public fellowships, students learn how the skills they’ve developed in graduate school can be employed outside the university while also developing meaningful relationships and recognizing the breadth of their expertise. For students interested in exploring non-academic career paths, this kind of experience is essential. Fellows develop an understanding of how their knowledge might be deployed for research, historical work, curatorial projects, or policy-driven pursuits and develop experience that can lead to meaningful and long-lasting careers.
The students and the organizations they work with reflect the diversity of UCSC Humanities research and the deep commitment of our students to connect their scholarly pursuits with the public. Past fellows have worked around the world, employing their skills and knowledge at organizations as diverse as The Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities in Oslo, Norway, the Tuscon Chinese Cultural Center, the Japanese American Museum in San Jose, and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.
Thanks to funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, THI now offers two different Public Fellowships:
Summer fellows work for up to 250 hours with a partner organization during the summer quarter. THI provides funding and helps create partnerships where possible.
Year Long Public Fellows commit to 3-quarter-length internships with companies, non-profits organizations, or cultural institutions. Fellows meet as a cohort throughout the year to share knowledge and gain additional skills in communicating their public work for multiple audiences. The year-long fellowship will enable students to have a greater impact on partner institutions and further develop their own interests and skills.
THI has developed relationships with local organizations, including those below, but UCSC students also develop and sustain their own relationships with partner institutions.