PhD Research Internship, Summer 2023

The UCHRI PhD Research Internship Program is an opportunity for one to two UC graduate students to work on UCHRI’s systemwide programs for the summer, engaging in program development, evaluation design, and scholarly communications. The research interns will work 30 hours a week for eight weeks, typically between July and September (start and end dates are flexible). This is an opportunity for graduate students to gain experience in program development and administration, and to help shape UC-wide humanities programming, especially as it relates to graduate student professionalization.

Applications must be submitted online via Submittable by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on the deadline date.


Description of Work

The Research Interns will work on a variety of UCHRI initiatives and projects including, but not limited to:

UCHRI Programs

Humanists@Work (Humwork)

  • Collaborate with UCHRI’s Associate Director on the continued development and implementation of a UC-wide networking program that supports graduate students in the humanities. The new program will require that the research intern:
    • Build upon existing collaborations with graduate students, as well as foster new collaborations, in order to create and revise the pilot mentorship program details (activities may include developing systemwide trainings, communication materials, etc.).
    • Develop evaluative tools to help with the implementation and evaluation of the mentorship pilot program.
    • Design, implement, and manage website resources for the program
    • Research national grant opportunities for future funding 

Refuge and Its Refusals and other new initiatives 

  • Collaborate with UCHRI’s Director, Associate Director, and Research Grants Manager on the continued development of UCHRI’s program Refuge and Its Refusals. As part of this initiative, the research intern will help develop programming for a graduate student professionalization program on work and refuge.
  • Work in partnership with UCHRI’s GSR on the continued development of public-facing projects resulting from UCHRI’s conference Refuge at Risk.

Research Infrastructure

Support Associate Director and research infrastructure working group with the creation of a toolkit, public-facing publications, and an online conference.


Application Details:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume (not CV) (2 pages max)
  • Recommendation Letter from any UC source, including faculty, academic staff, and current or previous employers. The referee should also verify your enrollment in good standing in a humanities or humanistic social sciences department at a UC. 

For program-related questions, please contact grants@hri.uci.edu. Please include the name of the grant you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

For technical assistance, please contact Submittable at support@submittable.com.