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Woodward and Arteaga on Internships for Graduate Students

Submitted by Brian Reed on May 10, 2017 - 7:33pm

UW English Professor Kathy Woodward and Dr. Rachel Arteaga (Ph.D. 2016) have published an article--"Mentors, Projects, Deliverables: Internships and Fellowships for Doctoral Students in the Humanities"--in the journal Profession that discusses "internships, in the university and in external institutions, as significant sites of professional development for doctoral students." "We’re pleased," they report, "to see that graduate-level internships are emerging as a national trend and that the term fellowship is being reinvigorated to encompass a wide variety of professional experiences and projects beyond the traditional support of research."

One program that they feature, "Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics," is based here at the Simpson Center for the Humanities and is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Each year six doctoral students from departments across the humanities and humanistic social sciences at the university are paired with faculty mentors in their disciplines at community colleges in the Seattle district. In 2015–16, one of these fellows was the English graduate student AJ Burgin, who helped develop and launch the two-credit course College Applications and Personal Statements, designed by Kennan Knudson, her mentor at North Seattle College. In 2016-2017, two more fellows are from English, Alysse Hotz and Jacqui Pratt, both paired with mentors from South Seattle College.

A journal published by the Modern Language Association, Profession carries articles that focus on the fields of modern languages and literatures as a profession. Topics include current intellectual, curricular, and institutional trends and issues as well as relevant public policy debate