Internships at 8 local sites

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One of the cornerstones of the Mellon-funded Humanities for the Public Good Program is experiential learning. Congratulations to the eight UI PhD students (right) who've been awarded Summer 2023 internships:

  • Uche Anomnachi — Public Space One
  • Jin Chang — Coralville Public Library
  • Rajorshi Das — Public Space One
  • Priyanka Dubey — Diversity Market
  • Keegan Hockett — United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties
  • John Jepsen — University of Iowa Labor Center
  • Susan Santee — University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist
  • Jennie Sekanics — Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation

These students will spend two summer months working with and for a campus or community partner on a specific project or area of focus. In addition to their work on site, interns also attend weekly cohort meetings and complete assignments that provide professionalizing skills and contextualize the internship experiences.

The benefits of participating in this program are numerous and include developing new skills, making invaluable workplace connections, reflecting on issues related to future work, becoming part of a cross-disciplinary cohort, and applying scholarly skills to non-academic projects. Read more about the internships below, and read intern bios on the HPG site.

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Coralville Community Food Pantry

Internship focus: Supporting equitable policy for local food entrepreneurs

The Coralville Community Food Pantry is an anti-hunger nonprofit organization providing critical and innovative food assistance services to the greater Coralville community. We believe that food is a human right and that food has the power to bring people together. Our vision is to build a stronger, healthier, and hunger-free community.

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Public Space One

Internship focus: Supporting local artists and community-based arts programs

Public Space One (PS1) is an artist-led, community-driven, contemporary art center. It aims to provide an independent, innovative, diverse, and inclusive space for making and presenting art; produce unique programs that stretch boundaries and present diverse perspectives; provide resources for artists and cultural educational opportunities; and advocate for the importance of art in everyday life for any and everyone.

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Coralville Public Library

Internship focus: Ensuring representation in community archives

The Coralville Public Library is a community center serving a diverse population as a resource for leisure, knowledge and learning. Library programs and services are provided equitably in an atmosphere that is friendly, responsive, comfortable and accessible. The Coralville Public Library champions every person’s right to information and resources.

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UI Labor Center

Internship focus: Creating a podcast from oral history interviews

The University of Iowa Labor Center (ILHOP) provides educational programs and research support to Iowa's working people and their organizations. Since 1951, the Labor Center has acted as a bridge between the University and Iowa’s labor community.

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Diversity Market

Internship focus: Documenting the impact of the Diversity Market

The Diversity Market is a pop-up market that elevates underestimated entrepreneurs and shares the rich diversity within the South District Neighborhood with the greater Iowa City community. The three co-founders of the Diversity Market worked with local economic development city agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses sponsor to launch the market with the goal of empowering underserved and minority business owners to start, grow and sustain their businesses.

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UI Office of the State Archaeologist

Internship focus: Improving training for public engagement in archaeology

The University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) is a 60+ year-old research laboratory, library, and curation facility on the UI campus. OSA’s 21 staff members develop, disseminate, and preserve knowledge of Iowa’s human past through archaeological research, scientific discovery, public stewardship, service, and education.

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Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation

Internship Focus: Increasing the impact of used book sales and donations

The Iowa City Public Library is a center of community life that connects people of all ages with information, engages them with the world of ideas and with each other, and enriches the community by supporting learning, promoting literacy, and encouraging creativity. The Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation helps support the Library by fundraising money to help expand ICPL’s collection and services. 

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United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties

Internship focus: Reimagining social services in Johnson County

The United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties’ mission is to improve lives by uniting the caring power of the community. We focus on local change. We invest, collaborate, and convene to bring real change to our communities. The UWJWC harnesses the collective impact of twenty-nine local nonprofit partners to focus on specific, measurable goals and improve the lives of everyone in education, financial stability, and access to healthcare.

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