Spring Editorial Internship at ‘Black Perspectives’

Claudia Jones reading The West Indian Gazette in London in the 1960s (Credit: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture).

Black Perspectives, the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), is currently accepting applications for our spring 2019 editorial internship program. The internship, which begins in January 2019 and ends in May 2019, is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduate students (juniors and seniors only).

About Black Perspectives

Black Perspectives is the leading online platform for public scholarship on global Black thought, history, and culture. We publish timely essays, interviews, reading lists, and book features. Daily content, from a roster of more than 50 regular contributors and guest authors, includes features such as scholarly reflections, online roundtables and forums, book reviews, and author interviews.

As engaged scholars, we are deeply committed to producing and disseminating cutting-edge research that is accessible to the public and is oriented towards advancing the lives of people of African descent and humanity. Formerly referred to as the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) Blog, Black Perspectives serves as the medium to advance these critical goals. Although many of the writers are historians, we provide a crucial online space for scholars working in various academic fields. We understand African American and African diasporic thought in its broadest terms and encourage the use of interdisciplinary research approaches.

In January 2018, the blog editors were awarded the Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History from the American Historical Association (AHA), the largest professional organization serving historians in all fields and all professions. Sponsored jointly by the AHA and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University, this prize is awarded annually to honor and support work on an innovative and freely available new media project, and in particular for work that reflects thoughtful, critical, and rigorous engagement with technology and the practice of history.

About the Internship

Interns will work closely with the blog editors on a part-time basis during the spring semester and receive practical experience in academic blogging. Each intern will contribute to the publication of the blog in a variety of aspects including research, copy-editing, fact checking, formatting and publicity (via social media). Interns will receive a stipend; a complimentary one-year membership in AAIHS; and waived registration fee for the 2019 AAIHS conference. The internship is virtual, which means that interns only need access to a computer and internet.

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited academic institution; graduate students (PhD and MA students) and advanced undergraduate students (juniors and seniors only).
  • Preference will be given to candidates who major/specialize in History, African American Studies, English, and Journalism. However, we will consider applications from candidates in a variety of fields including Political Science, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, International Relations and America Studies.
  • Must be motivated, detailed-oriented, and possess strong writing skills.
  • Must have a strong knowledge base and keen interest in black thought, history and culture.
  • Must have an interest in blog writing and social media.
  • Must be interested in working with a diverse group of scholars who are passionate about black thought, history, and culture.
  • Must be willing to devote approximately 3-5 hours per week to assisting with the blog; and be willing to attend mandatory training sessions online/via telephone (scheduled to take place in late Fall).

Those interested in the program are invited to submit the following material via email (editors@aaihs.orgno later than November 1, 2018 (11:59PM EST).

  • A cover letter (please introduce yourself; explain why you’re interested in this opportunity; and highlight relevant skills and experience that make you an ideal candidate for the internship).
  • A CV/Resume
  • 5-10 page writing sample

*Please note: Applications that are incomplete or submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Applicants being considered for the internship will be contacted for an interview.

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