Black Perspectives, the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), is currently accepting applications for our summer editorial internship program. The internship, which begins on June 1st and ends on August 31st, is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduate students (rising seniors only).
About Black Perspectives
Black Perspectives is the leading online platform for public scholarship on global Black thought, history, and culture. 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. We also value diversity and inclusion and welcome all scholars–regardless of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, or any other social category—to contribute as long as the research is thorough and accurate in its portrayal of Black thought, history, and culture.
About the Internship
Interns will work closely with the blog editors on a part-time basis during the summer months 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 and a complimentary one-year membership in AAIHS. The internship is virtual, which means that interns only need access to a computer and internet.
The 3-month internship also offers young scholars an opportunity to sharpen their writing skills and receive personalized feedback on their writing. It provides interns with access to a diverse network of early career bloggers (and professors), and the opportunity to publish their pieces on a popular academic blog.
- Currently enrolled in an accredited academic institution; graduate students (PhD and MA students) and advanced undergraduate students (rising seniors only).
- Preference will be given to candidates who major/specialize in History and/or African American Studies. However, we welcome applications from candidates in a variety of fields including English, Journalism, 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 public 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 5 hours per week to assisting with the blog; and be willing to attend mandatory training sessions online (scheduled to take place in mid-to-late May).
Those interested in the program are invited to submit the following material via email (email@example.com) no later than April 1, 2021 (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
- One recommendation letter from a professor/mentor. Applicants must arrange to have one recommendation letter submitted via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than April 1, 2021.
*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, which will take place via Zoom in late April and early May.