The CHC designs prototype of a Social Media Humanities Communication Internship called “The NextGen Co-Creator Internship”

As currently planned, the “NextGen Co-Creator Internship” will be a fully paid summer program that would professionally train and mentor a skillful and creative network of undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals from diverse fields and backgrounds who seek to expand their skills in writing, social media communication, short video production, marketing, creativity, gamification, design and data visualization, and who want to put these skills to work at humanities organizations nationwide.

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This internship proposal addresses the communication challenges faced by humanities organizations to reach and engage diverse groups of younger generations and to develop fresh and new narratives about the humanities. The program would also capitalize on the power of social media platforms to build and cultivate connections with individuals underrepresented in the humanities and the academy and offer meaningful means for mitigating local deficits related to low structural diversity and inequity.

To achieve these goals, the NextGen Co-Creator program would be open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students in any discipline, to young professionals currently employed less than five years in a humanities or communications-focused position in any organization or business (including self-employment), and to any young person who provides other evidence of experience and interest through the application process.

The NextGen Co-Creator Program is currently designed to offer training in four significant steps with social media communication experts available to guide participants in the production of high quality materials throughout the process:

  1. Pre-Internship Training. A 3-week program to advance technical skills, storytelling skills and professional development skills.
  2. Summer Internship. A 2-month summer hands-on experience at a Humanities Council or other humanities organization that includes a Friday Co-Creation Hub to share and reflect on learnings, to creatively brainstorm ideas, engage with young professionals, and to receive expert advice.
  3. Post-Internship Shout Out Campaign. One week after the end of the internship, participants would gather remotely to share their final Shout Out campaigns and discuss next steps in their education and careers.
  4. Social Media Communication Ambassadors Award. To highly qualified and dedicated individuals representing the values of the NextGen Co-Creator Internship and Social Media Humanities Communication more broadly. The award would include free specialized training through the CHC Training Institute, personalized recommendations for future employment, and Ambassadors would be allowed to take on leadership and mentorship roles, create content for the Internship program and help foster a culture of successful learning and engagement and a robust community of advocates for the humanities. The most outstanding Ambassadors would be invited to serve on the Advisory Board.

Participants would receive a Certificate of Completion and could apply for college internship credit where applicable. 

Although this program proposal is still in development, you are welcome to take a closer look at the details of the proposal here.

Purpose of this Proposal: This plan for a Center for Humanities Communication (CHC) “NextGen Co-Creator Internship” is intended as a draft proposal that can be shown for consultation to:

  • experts in social media creation and management, communication (including science communication), journalism, public relations, and others;
  • humanities organizations in which student interns and early career professionals might be placed;
  • foundations and other agencies that might advise on support for launching such an internship program;
  • and potential student interns and early career professionals themselves who might have useful feedback.

Proposal version 1.0, May 27, 2024 — developed by Christine Henseler and Isabell Sluka of the CHC, with thanks for feedback from Humanities Council leaders and to Stephanie Springer and Brittney Crawford at the University of Arizona.






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