GGI recipient Drew Kerr (M.A., Divinity '16) in Rajasthan, India

 

Graduate Global Impact (GGI) Internship Program

Do you want an internship but are not sure where to start? UChicagoGRAD can help:

  • Partner. Apply for paid “partner” internships with academic, industry, nonprofit, and government organizations via GRAD Gargoyle. Partner internships are available on a rolling basis.
  • Pitch. Create your own customized “pitch” internship with an organization that otherwise could not afford to pay an intern. A limited number of $6,000 stipends will be awarded to students for these summer internship projects. Pitch internship deadlines occur each year in mid-February.
  • Mentor. UChicagoGRAD career advisors can serve as your “mentor” as you identify and apply for established external internships. Schedule a meeting with a UChicagoGRAD career advisor to discuss your options.

How to Get Started

Review the slides and handout from the 2018 GGI internship info sessions to learn more about the program. You can also meet with a UChicagoGRAD career advisor to discuss internship options by scheduling an advising appointment in GRAD Gargoyle.  Info sessions for the GGI internship program occur each year in mid-January (RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle).

 

Pitch Your Own Internship

Looking for summer funding? Want to intern with an organization you’re passionate about and work on a project that jives with your academic and professional interests? Pitch your idea to UChicagoGRAD!

 


The Program

UChicagoGRAD’s GRAD Global Impact (GGI) Pitch program offers funding for UChicago graduate students to spend their summers in self-devised internships with host organizations of their choice. Since its inception in 2015, the program has facilitated over 100 internships around the world. GGI Interns have worked in Chicago, across the U.S. (Los Angeles, DC, Boston, New York, and beyond), France, England, India, Australia, China, and more.

Pitching an Internship

In January and February, students are invited to submit proposals for summer internships with nonprofits, university entities, and small startups that are unable to pay interns, and apply for a $6000 stipend for a 250-hour summer internship. The program provides students with an opportunity to create a relationship with an organization that is meaningful to them, and work collaboratively to design a project that will have a lasting impact for the organization and on the student’s career.

Internships that students propose can take one of two forms:

  1. The GGI Pitch Program is intended for students to collaborate with potential host organizations to develop a one-of-a-kind internship tailor-made for their interests and goals.
  2. We will also consider applications to receive funding for a pre-existing, unpaid internship with a nonprofit or other eligible organization. We realize that interview and offer schedules for pre-existing internships may not line up with the GGI interview timeline. In these cases, selected students will be awarded “conditional” funding, meaning that UChicagoGRAD will agree to fund them if they are selected.

Applications are due February 13, 2020. Students may only submit a proposal for one internship, and if funding is awarded, it is not transferable to another internship.

Hours & Timing

GGI Internships require a minimum of 250 hours of work, and are expected to take place during the Summer Quarter. The exact number of hours per week and the exact weeks in which the internship takes place can be flexible, and are up to the student to determine with their host organization.

 


The Process

 

Submission

Applicants choose a single organization with which they would like to work and/or collaborate to design an internship, and should make contact with their potential host at this organization as soon as possible. Based on the student’s particular area of study, applicants pursuing the “pitch your own” option should work with their potential host to develop an idea for a project that complements both the student’s academic research and current career goals. Applicants submit a written proposal, along with a resume or CV, to UChicagoGRAD.

UChicagoGRAD career advisors are available to discuss strategies for networking and making connections with organizations, GGI application materials, and other questions about the program both before and during the initial submission process.

Interviews, Offers, and Confirmation

Applicants who are chosen for an interview will be invited for a 20 minute meeting with two members of the selection committee. After the students being awarded funding are notified, UChicagoGRAD will then communicate with host organizations in order to verify that the organization has approved the project. We will also contact research advisors/Directors of Graduate Studies for PhD students, and Deans of Students for Masters students to confirm that the recipient is in good academic standing in their program.

A specific timeline of the above follows in the “2020 GGI Pitch Dates” section.

Other Programming & Requirements

Shortly before the end of the academic year, all recipients will attend a presentation on making the most of your internship, panel discussion with past GGI interns, and reception with fellow members of this year’s GGI cohort. Recipients will also be asked to submit a reflection essay following the conclusion of their internship to UChicagoGRAD, and are expected to serve as mentors for the following year’s cohort of interns.

Non-Transferability of Award Funding

GGI Pitch award funding is granted for the specific purpose of supporting the internship experience described during the selection process. While projects may change, students are not permitted to switch host organizations.

 


What We Look For

 

Applicants must submit a resume and/or CV and a cover letter. Specific dates are outlined below.

Resume/CV

In general, a traditional resume is preferred, but UChicagoGRAD will accept a CV if it is more appropriate for the internship you are proposing.

Cover Letter

Your cover letter should address 5 key points:

  1. An overview of the project you are proposing. Please be as detailed as possible. We look for projects that are specific, well-defined, and encompass a scope that is realistic for a summer internship.
  2. What relevant conversations have you had with your host organization?
  3. How does your project draw on the academic work you have done so far and advance your future academic goals?
  4. How will this opportunity advance your professional goals?
  5. What impact will your project have on the mission of the host organization?

Eligibility

GGI Pitch Candidates must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting graduate program at the University of Chicago at the time of application. This includes students who meet these criteria but will have graduated by the time they begin their internship. Both domestic and international students are eligible.

Other Funding Sources

The GGI Pitch program provides some financial support for students who are participating in otherwise UNPAID (or underpaid) opportunities. While you are encouraged to consider other potential funding to support your internship, UChicagoGRAD will only award a stipend that brings the total support for this experience up to $6000. This condition does not include regular student support that you may receive unrelated to this internship. It does apply to funds supplied directly by the host, or by another granting unit, intended to support this experience. If the amount awarded from another source is less than $6000, UChicagoGRAD will award a stipend amount for the difference between these awards.

 


2020 GGI Pitch Dates

 

January 3, 2020: Applications open

  • Search for “Pitch” or requisition “64691” in the Jobs section of GRAD Gargoyle to submit your materials.

January 15 and 16, 2020: GGI Pitch info sessions at UChicagoGRAD

  • Info sessions about the program and application expectations will be held at UChicagoGRAD’s office (Bookstore Building, 3rd Floor) on January 15 from 4:00-5:00 pm and January 16 from 12:30-1:30 pm.
  • Please RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle if you plan to attend by clicking Events > Info Sessions. The info sessions are listed with UChicagoGRAD as the employer. Click the session you wish to attend, and an RSVP button will be at the bottom of the screen.

February 13, 2020: Applications due

February 21, 2020: Interview invitations sent

February 24 – March 6, 2020: Interviews take place

March 13, 2020: Conditional awards offered

  • UChicagoGRAD will also confirm recipients’ good academic standing with their research advisor or Dean of Students as applicable and confirm individual project plans with host organizations.

April 19, 2020: Award status confirmed

May 17, 2020: Stipends requested

 


Past Projects

2019 Cohort

STUDENTHOSTLOCATION
Joshua Babcocksoft/WALL/studsSingapore
Sean BattonChicago Film ArchivesChicago, IL
Nilanjana BhattacharyaSlum Dwellers InternationalCapetown, South Africa
Roland BlackAntiracist Research and Policy CenterWashington, D.C.
Andrea BonaccorsiFord Heights Community Service OrganizationFord Heights, IL
Claire BowmanCharlevoix Village AssociationCharlevoix, MI
Tracy BrannstromCounterpoint Newspaper/Vermont Psychiatric SurviorsRutland, VT
Margaret BrowerInstitute for Democracy and Higher EducationMedford, MA
Cosette BruhnsVisual Resources Center, University of ChicagoChicago, IL
Laurel ChenEast Bay Permanent Real Estate CooperativeOakland, CA
Carlos CisnerosCentro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indigena OaxaqueñoFresno, CA
Amy CoombsHistory of Science Museum, University of OxfordOxford, England
Bastien CraipainDigital Library of the Caribbean at FIUMiami, FL
Michael FischerStorycatchers TheatreChicago, IL
Yael FlusserZoomin SoftwareTel-Aviv, Israel
Arianna GassHeadlong Dance TheatrePhiladelphia, PA
Talia GordonNeighborhood Engagement HubFlint, MI
Marcos GouveaMars Hill AudioCharlottesville, VA
Emre HakguderNetworked InsightsChicago, IL
Pia HecherEuropean Stability InitiativeBrussels, Belgium
David HogueBamboo and SilkWuhan, China
Cameron HuDitch ProjectsSpringfield, OR
Kevin IrakozeBurundi Memory ProjectBurundi
Katerina KorolaArt Institute of Chicago Photography DivisionChicago, IL
Eduardo LeaoRestless BooksNew York City, NY
Lauren LedinField MuseumChicago, IL
Patrick LewisMesopotamia FoundationTurkey
Tessa Di MantovaWorld Relief ChangeChicago, IL
Fiona MaxwellCenter for Women's History and LeadershipEvanston, IL
Jennifer MondalCritical InquiryChicago, IL
Erin NewtonInternational Museum of Surgical ScienceChicago, IL
Victoria NguyenMaterials and ApplicationsLos Angeles, CA
Nida ParachaBalance LabChicago, IL
Kara PeruccioUChicagoGRADChicago, IL
Nory PetersMAKE Literary MagazineChicago, IL
Medardo RosarioNewberry LibraryChicago, IL
Tyler SchroederUChicago Special CollectionsChicago, IL
Renuka ShahWill County Emergency Management AgencyChicago, IL
Zhenzhou TanUChicago Press International Rights DepartmentChicago, IL
Niu Niu TeoUS History SceneRemote
Marco TorresNortheastern Illinois University LibraryChicago, IL
Ashley TruehartSouth Side Home Movie ProjectChicago, IL
Brandon TruettBarnes FoundationPhiladelphia, PA
Sila UlugPerformaNew York City, NY
Elisabeth WilhelmCourt TheatreChicago, IL
Caroline ZadinaFutureCourse EducationChicago, IL

2018 Cohort

STUDENTHOSTLOCATION
Portia BajwaPrograma Velasco (education nonprofit)El Salvador
Rowan BayneCalgary Sexual Health CenterCalgary
Ingrid BeckerPattern LabsChicago
Megan BeckerichCincinnati Art MuseumCincinnati
Jasmine BenjaminIllinois Justice ProjectChicago
Amanda BlairBrookings InstitutionWashington, D.C.
Damien BrightAustralian Earth Laws AllianceAustralia
Hannah Brooks-MotlUChicago Press Acquisitions DepartmentChicago
Abhimanyu ChandraAcademy IndiaIndia
Pedro DoresteAmerica's Media Initiative's Cuban Media ProjectCuba
Jose EstradaRegenstein LibraryChicago
Du FeiRegenstein LibraryChicago
David GutherzNPR, Invisibilia PodcastChicago
Russell JohnsonBetter AngelsNew York
Elisa JonesNewberry Library, Center for Renaissance StudiesChicago
Evelyn KesslerU.S. History SceneBoston
Joana KonovaHyde Park School of Dance & City ElementaryChicago
Simone LevineSmart Museum of ArtChicago
Erin LipmanHuman Rights Data Analysis GroupSan Francisco
Cherry MeyerMichigan Chippewa TribeMichigan
Eszter RonaiEduBaseChicago
Geronimo Sarmiento CruzLa Tempestad (arts journal)Mexico City
Emilie SarrazinOriental InstituteChicago
Charlotte SaulChatsworth HouseBakewell, UK
Laura SouthcottField MuseumChicago
Laura StiglianoSpeeko.co.Chicago
Nicole TesselHudson InstituteWashington D.C.
Elizabeth WeissJohn H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital - REACT and HHPChicago
Xinxin ZhangAsian Women United of MinnesotaMinneapolis

2017 Cohort

STUDENTHOSTLOCATION
Eufemia BaldassarreNewberry LibraryChicago
Matthew BarberYazadaChicago
Margaret BrowerBlack Youth ProjectUchicago
Cosette BruhnsRegenstein LibraryChicago
Cindy CamachoMetropolitan Family ServicesChicago
Pirachula ChulanonDeutsches SchauspielhausGermany
Michael DangoSex Workers Outreach ProjectChicago
Laura HabererHeshima KenyaNairobi, Kenya
Jacob HarrisEPHEFrance
Emma HeidornEast Jerusalem YMCAPalestenian Territories
Soowan KimCPOSTChicago
David KnightBlack Youth ProjectChicago
Sarah LuscheSummer Community of ServiceChicago
Emily MasghatiNAACP Legal Defense FundNew York
Anna Orton-HatzisMusee BourdelleParis
Natalia PavlouCyprus University of TechnologyCyprus
Sasha RohretOriental InstituteUchicago
Jeremy SiegmanJewish Voice for PeaceCalifornia
Nancy ThebautMusee de ClunyParis

2016 Cohort

STUDENTHOSTLOCATION
Vidura BahadurInvisible Institute (journalism production)Chicago
Mariana BrandmanNewberry LibraryChicago
Elizabeth DaviesBlack Youth ProjectChicago
Rebecca FrauselNarrative 4New York
Mishal KhanUniversity of Chicago PressChicago
Antoine JonesLaw Office of the Cook County Political DefenderChicago
Melisande LeitnerKulanu (Jewish development nonprofit)New York
Yi LuoSierra ClubOakland, CA
Ariel MaschkeSeva MandirUdaipur, India
Emily MasghatiU.S. History SceneBoston
Nicole MuellerGenesee County Hispanic/Latino CollaborativeFlint, Michigan
Melissa OsborneUChicagoURBANChicago
Ben PittCognescentNew York
Katrina PowersUniversity of Chicago LibraryChicago
Emily RapFrance HeritageFrance
Alyssa SmithU.S. History SceneBoston
Amanda SwainInternational Education of Students (IES Abroad)Chicago
Lily YeCenter for Elementary Math and ScienceChicago
Tien-Tien ZhangChicago Film ArchivesChicago

2015 Cohort

STUDENTHOSTLOCATION
Ellen AmbrosoneRegenstein LibraryChicago
John BarrettMATTER (Healthcare Startup Incubator)Chicago
Alexandra BassForest Preserve FoundationChicago
Jacob BlecherUrban EcologiesChicago
Hannah BurnettOxfam AmericaBoston
Manuel CabalThe Legacy Project CONTENT INCLUSIONChicago
Alysia Mann CareyQuilombo Xis-Cultural and Community ActionChicago
Daina CoffeyLos Angeles Natural History MuseumLos Angeles
Ashley CuretonRefugeeOne (immigration nonprofit)Chicago
Tim DeMayBritish National FormularyLondon, UK
Hanne GraversenThe Art Institute of ChicagoChicago
Ashley FiniganBusiness and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI)Chicago
Samuel GallowayThe Legacy Project CONTENT INCLUSIONChicago
Sonia GrantSan Juan Citizens AlliancePuerto Rico
Rafadi HakimRegenstein Library: Digital South AsiaChicago
Alex HaskinsRegenstein Library: Special Collections Archives AssistantChicago
Jennifer JacksonBlack Youth ProjectChicago
Drew KerrSeva MandirUdaipur, India
Max KossMusee d’art ModerneFrance
Yuxin JinInstitute of Public and Environmental AffairsChina
Emily MasghatiNewberry LibraryChicago
Justin Niermeier-DohoneySmart MuseumChicago
Chloe PelletierSouthside Community Arts CenterChicago
Eric PhillipsRegenstein Library: ACASAChicago
Lucas PinheiroRhizome (arts nonprofit)New York
Natalia PilandField MuseumChicago
Ahmad QadafiSuccess of All Youth (community foundation)Oak Park, IL
Marnie RoseMAKE MagazineSan Francisco
Kaitlin SmithThe Dusable MuseumChicago
Marianna StaroselskyXO Feminist ProductionsNew York
Amelia Thomson-DeVeauxChicago ReporterChicago
Marco TorresRegenstein Library: CITATION ANALYSISChicago
Jessica VillasenorHealth Gives HopeChicago
Tingting  XuPeabody Essex MuseumSalem, MA
Charles YuanMetropolitan Planning CouncilChicago

Higher Education Administration (HEA) Internships

Are you interested in a career in university administration? The Higher Education Administration (HEA) Internship Program offers UChicago graduate students the opportunity to explore administrative careers and gain meaningful experience through paid internships with campus offices. (If you are an on-campus employer looking to hire a graduate student, please click here.)

What You’ll Do

HEA interns employ their skills in research, analysis, communication, leadership, and project management to help advance the university’s academic mission. Past HEA internship projects have included writing a long-term strategic plan for an entire division, compiling procedural manuals, organizing and publicizing major events, revising the content and structure of websites, and devising methods for engaging students in university outreach initiatives.

What You’ll Gain

HEA internships offer UChicago graduate students a number of benefits:

  • Opportunities to explore potential career paths in higher education
  • Connections and networking opportunities in the field
  • Skills and experiences that are attractive to employers
  • A better understanding of how the university functions
  • A chance to shape programming and policy
  • An hourly wage of at least $15

Requirements

HEA internships are open to any current, full-time UChicago graduate student, including students in the professional schools. The internships require a minimum of 100 work hours, depending on the position, as well as participation in a short series of related lunchtime workshops on topics such as effective program design and best practices in office communication. Note that graduate students may not work more than 20 hours per week during the academic year and 37.5 hours per week during the summer. For more information on student employment policies, click here.

CREDENTIAL in Higher Education Administration

HEA interns may also choose to complete additional training and work towards UChicagoGRAD’s Credential in Higher Education Administration. To learn more about the credential, including its requirements, please contact Deborah Blumenthal at deborahb@uchicago.edu.

Questions?

If you have questions about the Higher Education Administration Internship Program or the Credential in Higher Education Administration, please contact Deborah Blumenthal (deborahb@uchicago.edu).

Phillip N. Norton GGI Internship

Phillip N. Norton GGI Internship

Awarded to outstanding GGI Pitch proposal from the Physical Sciences Division

A generous donation from alumnus Phillip N. Norton (Ph.D. Statistics 1988), this award is presented to the top GGI Pitch winner from the Physical Sciences Division. The application process is the same as all other GGI Pitch internships, and PSD applicants are automatically be considered for this prize.

2019 Winner: Matthew Shin, M.S. student in Computational and Applied Mathematics

“With the support of the Phillip N. Norton GGI Internship, I spent the summer abroad in England studying under Dr. Ruth Baker of the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford. The research group at the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology probes modern problems in biology using techniques from applied mathematics. In particular, I considered methods from stochastic processes and statistical mechanics to model cell dynamics (such as stem cell migration) with simulations and PDEs. This opportunity provided me a unique and didactic introduction to the world of academic research, tailored to my particular interest in quantitative biological models. I come away from the experience with a greater understanding of the tools required and eagerness to tackle large scientific questions through mathematics.”

2018 Winner: Erin Lipman, M.S. student in Statistics

“Through the generous support of the Phillip N. Norton GGI internship, I spent my summer interning with Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) in San Francisco, CA. HRDAG is a non-profit organization that uses rigorous and objective statistical science to to investigate human rights abuses worldwide. At HRDAG I worked on issues of racial bias in the criminal justice system, in particular concerning the use of automated risk assessment systems for pretrial detention decisions. The experience was invaluable in building my data science skills and giving me a clear picture of my career path forward as a statistician concerned with issue of human rights and fairness.” 

 

Danette (Dani) Kauffman GGI Internship

Awarded to outstanding GGI Pitch proposal from the Humanities Division

A generous donation from alumna Danette Kauffman (M.A. Humanities 1969), this award is presented to outstanding GGI Pitch winners from the Humanities Division. The application process is the same as all other GGI Pitch internships, and Humanities applicants are automatically be considered for this prize.

2019 Winner: David Hogue, Ph.D. student in East Asian Languages and Civilizations

(internship in progress in China at journal Bamboo & Silk)

2018 Winner: Simone Levine, M.A. student in Humanities

“With the support of Danette Kauffman, my GGI internship provided me with the opportunity to be involved in an exhibition catalog published by the Smart Museum of Art.  The catalog was published for the occasion of the exhibition The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China, curated by Professor Wu Hung with Orianna Cacchione. I wrote three artist profiles for the publication, for was credited as a contributor.  My GGI Internship marked the first time I have undertaken comprehensive research and historical writing on contemporary Chinese art outside of my studies.  Most importantly, the internship enabled me to begin making scholarly contributions in the art world, the field in which I plan to invest myself professionally.”

2018 Winner: Charlotte Saul, Ph.D. student in English Language and Literature

“With the support of Danette Kauffman, I completed a research-based curatorial internship at Chatsworth House, engaging specifically with the Devonshire Collection and its group of rare 17th-century court masque designs. Only half of the drawings’ catalog entries had been recently revised, so my task was to update the catalog entries for the remaining drawings, writing physical descriptions and critical narratives for each object. This internship gave me the opportunity to learn how to best work with a collections management system used by many institutions, and a chance to work directly with unique archival materials; as a student of literary and visual culture, this was a particularly meaningful experience.”

2019 Cohort

Name: Nilanjana Bhattacharya
Area of Study: International Development
Internship Organization: Slum Dwellers International
Internship Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Description of Organization: SDI is a transnational social movement of urban poor bringing together community based organizations comprised of slum dwellers in over 30 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. SDI drives a collective, bottom up change agenda for inclusive and resilient cities to secure tenure and increase access to basic services, housing and livelihoods.
Description of Internship: Nilanjana interned at Slum Dwellers International (SDI) which is a transnational social movement of urban poor communities across 32 countries in Africa, South Asia and Latin America, headquarted in Cape Town, South Africa where she was based for two months.  Nilanjana chose to intern at SDI because she strongly identifies with their vision to work towards inclusive and resilient cities that are pro – poor and provide agency to urban poor communities to change their own lives and influence the shape of their cities. During her time there, Nilanjana gained a first person perspective into SDI’s unique approach to transform the lives of slum/shack dwellers across the world by driving a women – led grassroots agenda characterized by strategies such as savings groups, community profiling, enumeration and mapping to enable urban poor communities to engage with local and national governments as partners in development rather than as beneficiaries. Nilanjana joined the SDI Secretariat as an intern with the Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation team at a time when SDI is maturing from its activist origins to put in place sustainable systems of governance that will grow its influence and voice in the development sector worldwide among donors, governmental agencies and global forums. The Secretariat works primarily as the central conduit between affiliated urban poor communities across cities and external stakeholders. Nilanjana channeled her instruction as an MPP candidate at the Harris School of Public Policy to draft up a Monitoring and Evaluation plan to align with SDI’s Strategic Plan that will govern programmes over the next five years. SDI’s key focus on transforming urban environments by building social cohesion and strategic influence of slum or township communities meant that such an M&E plan had to be significantly removed from standard practice. Nilanjana’s proposal is the foundation for the LME team’s engagements with development consultants, major donors and Board in the coming months. She also leveraged her background as an engineer to develop a Portfolio Reporting and Risk Assessment framework working with the team of Project Officers based at the Secretariat that will enable better management and oversight of financing, government relations and technical design as SDI activity in extending water, sanitation, energy and market access ramps up across the world. In addition to bringing a theoretical perspective, Nilanjana brought practical insights by participating in community design meetings for an ongoing housing project for Cape Town residents in an informal township called Philippi. To do this, she fired up her old AutoCAD drawing software after a not – so – short hiatus! She was also part of the SDI delegation to a Design Workshop to tackle the challenges of electrifying townships organized by the City of Cape Town and moderated by Ernst and Young. When she wasn’t working, Nilanjana was out and about hiking the stunning trails around Table Mountain, enjoying “hake and chips” at the beach, spotting penguins, seals, lions, rhinos and other wildlife, tasting wine at the beautiful Western Cape Winelands and imbibing the vibrant culture of the Mother City. She comes back to her second year at Harris with an incredible new appreciation for the importance of agency and community voice in the current discourse on development policy accentuated by her topical exposure to the effect of South Africa’s history of segregation in today’s spatial planning challenges. She is energized to finish graduate school and pursue a career in Development that furthers the cause of co-production of urban infrastructure access to deprived communities.

Name: Andrea Bonaccorsi
Area of Study: Cultural Policy
Internship Organization: Ford Heights Community Service Organization
Internship Location: Ford Heights, IL
Description of Organization: The Ford Heights Community Service Organization (FHCSO) is a minority, community based not for profit agency located in the Village of Ford Heights.  Since 1968, it has provided an array of services to its client bases, which consist primarily of low income individuals in social and economically challenged areas of Cook County.  The agency’s core mission is to “improve the quality of life for the underprivileged and to assist others in a time of crisis’, emphasizing emergency, supportive and educational services to individuals and households until they stabilize.  While maintaining strong collaborative relationships with a number of area providers, FHCSO practices a “one-stop” approach to service delivery.
Description of Internship: Andrea’s 2019 GGI Internship is working as a Programing Coordinator at Ford Heights Community Service Organization (FHCSO) in order to establish a “community learning garden.” The project requires facilitating a working partnership between the non-profit, The Village of Ford Heights School District 169,  and the Ford Heights Park District in order to create a youth-driven agricultural education program that addresses the broader issue of food insecurity in the Village. Andrea’s day-to-day responsibilities as a GGI Intern include working to create a garden curriculum,  for Cottage Grove Upper Grades Center students, as well as creating and carrying out a development plan detailing the garden’s: purpose, goals, and the role of media and storytelling to community stakeholders while assisting with facilitating community meetings regarding site build-out and pilot programs.

Name: Claire Bowman
Area of Study: Housing justice movement in Detroit
Internship Organization: Charlevoix Village Association
Internship Location: Detroit, MI
Description of Organization: A longstanding community group fighting displacement, evictions and inequitable development in their neighborhood on Detroit’s Lower Eastside.
Description of Internship: Claire worked with longterm residents to research, produce and print a neighborhood-level history booklet for free distribution to community members. This booklet used archival photos and oral histories of residents to tell the story of the strong, vibrant community built and sustained there for decades by working-class Black Detroiters in spite of housing segregation and disinvestment. The booklet preserved memories of the neighborhood in the context of residents’ present-day resistance to gentrification and displacement.

Name: Laurel Chen
Area of Study: Equitable Housing and Community Development
Internship Organization: East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative
Internship Location: Oakland, California, United States
Description of Organization: East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative (EB PREC) aligns the technical, financial, and organizational inputs necessary to support Black, Indigenous, People of Color and allied communities to cooperatively organize, finance, purchase, and steward properties in Oakland & the East Bay, California. EB PREC is pioneering a new model of housing that removes property from the private market, creating permanently affordable, democratically controlled assets.
Description of Internship: Laurel’s internship focused on the areas of communications and organizational development. In the area of communications, Laurel developed materials that depicted EB PREC’s unique story, housing model and vision for transformation to both the press and general public. This included developing a press kit and press list, writing press releases, and creating a general overview and FAQs document for outreach purposes. In addition to communications work, Laurel’s work focused on improving EB PREC’s internal systems in the areas of self-directed management, partner and member tracking, and internal communications. Laurel approached all of her work in alignment with EB PREC’s vision of anti-oppressive, collaborative organizational culture and structure.

Name: Bastien Craipain
Area of Study: Francophone Caribbean
Internship Organization: Digital Library of the Caribbean
Internship Location: Miami, FL
Description of Organization: The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is an international, multi-institutional digital library dedicated to the development and management of data curation projects with various archives and libraries in the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. Since its foundation in 2004, dLOC has worked across national borders, in collaboration with its partner institutions, to create the world s largest open access collection of resources (books, manuscripts, images, etc.) from and about the Caribbean
Description of Internship: As the Digital Humanities Data Curation Intern at dLOC, Bastien worked under the supervision of Miguel Asencio, Executive Director, and Hadassah St. Hubert, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow at dLOC, to help organize, digitize, and promote Caribbean collections. During this one-and-a-half-month internship, Bastien undertook and participated in both new and ongoing dLOC projects, such as the processing and archiving of the Haitian Studies Association papers, the examination and classification of visual content in the Bernard Diederich Collection, the preservation and digitization of the Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator Collection, and the editing and translation of dLOC’s newsletter.

Name: Tessa Di Mantova
Area of Study: Human Rights/International Relations
Internship Organization: World Relief Chicago
Internship Location: Chicago, IL
Description of Organization: World Relief Chicago brings churches and vulnerable immigrants together to transform communities economically, socially, and spiritually through immigration services and refugee resettlement, both pre and post.
Description of Internship: Tessa supported World Relief Chicago in a variety of things, as often happens within non-profit organizations. This included grant writing opportunities, volunteer and community outreach and system building. Through this internship, Tess was able to expand her skills in both the profession

Name: Michael Fischer
Area of Study: Creative Writing
Internship Organization: Storycatchers Theatre
Internship Location: Chicago, IL
Description of Organization: Storycatchers Theatre is a nonprofit organization that works with criminal justice-involved youth, helping them to tell their stories and transform their lives through the production and performance of musical theatre.
Description of Internship: Michael worked in Storycatchers Theatre’s Changing Voices program, a supported arts employment program for justice-involved youth between the ages of 17 and 24. Changing Voices participants progress through a formal curriculum that prepares them for employment or education after Storycatchers.

Name: Arianna Gass
Area of Study: English and Theater and Performance Studies
Internship Organization: Headlong Dance Theater
Internship Location: Philadelphia, PA
Description of Organization: Headlong is an activator of performance research, of cultural inquiry and of overlapping layers of communities.  We incubate projects by supporting and sponsoring artists and we engage audiences by asking people to participate in the work.  Headlong fosters the creative ecosystem by providing educational opportunities, financial advice and strategic planning as well as by asking the questions that shape the cultures in which we live.
Description of Internship: This summer Arianna worked as an archivist for Headlong Dance Theater. A cornerstone of the Philadelphia performing arts scene for over thirty years, Headlong has amassed a treasure trove of video tapes, including rehearsal tapes, movement research, and performances of the company’s work. Arianna worked to digitize and catalog approximately 70 hours of video tapes and 1000 photographs, programs, and costume items in addition to conducting over 10 hours of interviews with former and current Artistic Co-Directors and frequent collaborators. Her hope is to make as much of this content publicly available through a longer collaboration with Headlong, and looks forward to co-curating a “Basement Tapes” event to share some amazing archival finds with the larger dance and performance community in Philadelphia in October.

Name: Marcos Gouvêa
Area of Study: Roman Literature; History of Ideas
Internship Organization: Mars Hill Audio
Internship Location: Charlottesville, VA
Description of Organization: Mars Hill Audio produces high quality audio journalism on the relationship of culture and the church in modernity. MHA pursues the goal of illuminating the circumstances of the church in late modernity in a few ways: through the Mars Hill Audio Journal, which features interviews with academics, theologians, artists, poets, doctors, pastors and musicians; producing audio books and audio reprints of essays; sponsoring the biannual Areopagus Lecture in Charlottesville; and making other occasional interviews available on their app on a weekly basis.
Description of Internship: Marcos’ project aids the transition of MHA from a model in which content was delivered in batches of 5-6 interviews every two months (e.g. the MHA Journal) to a model of weekly interviews delivered via app. The back catalogue of audio journals was also to be retrofitted to this model. To this end he was asked to listen to as much of the catalogue as possible, with three tasks in view: 1) record what parts of the script and production in each interview require rewriting or recording to suit the new model; 2) record keywords and themes to aid in ordering the journals by broader themes and designing a pedagogical ‘index’; 3) noting places where 30-60 second ‘teases’ might be lifted from an interview to give listeners a brief preview. All the tasks required listening to as much of the over 200 hours of material as possible, and producing a template for further work. Lastly, MHA staff assigned reading for further context and education on their goals.

Name: Emre Hakguder
Area of Study: Typological sign language syntax
Internship Organization: Networked Insights
Internship Location: Chicago
Description of Organization: Networked Insights is a data analytics startup in downtown Chicago.
Description of Internship: Emre created two text classifiers: one that is capable of predicting an individual’s educational attainment from analyzing their written language performance on Twitter and another that can be used as a template for identifying political inclination on certain events by looking at the tweets in question. By studying the 2018 Christine Blasey Ford/Brett Kavanaugh assault accusation case, Emre found a positive correlation between educational attainment and victim support/empathy.

Name: Pia Hecher
Area of Study: North Africa and Iran
Internship Organization: European Stability Initiative
Internship Location: Berlin
Description of Organization: A think tank with the aim of promoting European Stability. ESI focuses on South East Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, Central Europe and the South Caucasus.
Description of Internship: I started my ESI internship one month ago and it has been a highly rewarding experience. I focus on refugees and migration, for which I have written reports on a number of issues – including the deportation of asylum seekers from Austria and Germany, conditions in Greek refugee camps for disabled people and even on Vietnamese refugees arriving in Germany in the 1980s. In addition to writing reports, I have gained experience with quantitative data. For instance, I created charts comparing  Germany’s GDP and life expectancy to those of developing countries and collected as well as compared migration statistics.

Name: David Hogue
Area of Study: Early China
Internship Organization: Wuhan University
Internship Location: Wuhan, People’s Republic of China
Description of Organization: The Wuhan University Center of Bamboo and Silk Manuscripts specializes in the study of ancient Chinese excavated texts.
Description of Internship: The Wuhan University Center of Bamboo and Silk Manuscripts operates an English-language academic journal that publishes leading research in the field of early Chinese excavated texts. In my internship, I have served as an academic linguist and editorial services support staff member, translating Chinese-language articles into English for publication in the Center’s peer-reviewed journal, “Bamboo and Silk.”

Name: Kévin O. Irakóze
Area of Study: Social and Political Philosophy
Internship Organization: Institut de Recherche Scientifique pour le Développement
Internship Location: Bujumbura, Burundi
Description of Organization: The Institute does research on historical consciousness among Burundian youth. It seeks to map what the young people know about the national history of ethnic conflict, what they don’t know, and what they are interested in knowing. The goal is to develop programs that aim at appropriately educating the youth in order to build a future that is free of the conflicts of the past.
Description of Internship: Kévin works with a research team looking at the historical memory of Burundian youth regarding the history of ethnic conflict in the country. His role is to coordinate the work of different field researchers, to gather the data collected, and to write reports on the research.

Name: Katerina Korola
Area of Study: Modern Art and Media
Internship Organization: Art Institute of Chicago (Photography Department)
Internship Location: Chicago, Illinois
Description of Organization: The Photography Department at the Art Institute of Chicago houses one of the leading photography collections in the country, with significant holdings in nineteenth-century photography, American and European modernism of the 1920s to the 1960s, and more recently has became a pioneering center for exhibitions on conceptual art and new media. The Photography Department also boasts a Conservation Laboratory, which has made an important name for itself in the field.
Description of Internship: This summer internship involved two main projects. The first consisted in researching, interpreting, and cataloguing a mid-nineteenth-century photo-collage album–likely the work of the wife of a French diplomat based primarily in Stockholm–with the end goal of producing an accessible resource that offers insight into the practice of photo-collage in nineteenth-century, the sources of the various images used, and the social function of photo-collage albums in the 1860s and 1870s. The second involved serving as curatorial assistant for an upcoming rotation of the permanent collection. This second task involved selecting, researching, and writing curatorial texts for a number of objects from the Art Institute’s collection which will be exhibited for the first time in November 2019 in collaboration with Curator Liz Siegel and Exhibition Manager Rebecca Schlossberg.

Name: Eduardo Leão
Area of Study: Contemporary Latin American Literature and Cinema
Internship Organization: Restless Books
Internship Location: New York City
Description of Organization: Independent, nonprofit publisher devoted to championing essential voices from around the world, whose stories speak across linguistic and cultural borders.
Description of Internship: As a publishing intern, he assisted the Restless Books staff in a variety of areas including: marketing, publicity, nonprofit development, editorial, sales, and production. He was responsible for, among other duties, aiding team members in these areas by drafting copy for newsletters and blog posts, overseeing social media platforms, developing marketing plans, organizing large-scale mailings to reviewers and booksellers, reading submissions (in Portuguese, Spanish, and English), providing critical feedback on manuscripts, and identifying potential funders and grants for the publication and translation of forthcoming titles.

Name: Lauren Ledin
Area of Study: Archaeology
Internship Organization: The Field Museum
Internship Location: Chicago, Illinois
Description of Organization: The Field Museum is a natural history museum in Chicago. Now in its 125th year, the Field Museum is a forward-thinking scientific leader on a mission to explore, protect, and celebrate nature and culture. The Field takes part in groundbreaking research all over the world while maintaining one of the world’s largest collections of artifacts and specimens, used to inspire discovery, spark public engagement with science, and uncover solutions for a better world. To share its scientific and educational mission, the Field welcomes 1.6 million visitors every year.
Description of Internship: For her internship, Lauren will work at the Field Museum in the Ganz Family Collections Center. More specifically, she will spend eight weeks in summer 2019 working with researchers and professional bioarchaeologists in the Repatriation division, focusing specifically on documenting North American human remains. She will participate in the Field Museum’s ongoing IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) project titled “Collaborative Curation: Building a 21st Century Model for the Care of North American Human Remains.” This project is a NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act)-compliant, three-year pilot study for improving the approach that museums take in the resp捥晴汵挠牵瑡潩景栠浵湡爠浥楡獮映潲慃慮慤愠摮琠敨唠楮整⁤瑓瑡獥ମ畳浭牥㈠㄰䈹瑨灴㩳⼯牤癩⹥潧杯敬挮浯漯数㽮摩ㄽ㠳克兮㙰䍍㤱夹硈

Name: Patrick Lewis
Area of Study: Anthropology of education, value; Lingusitic Anthropology
Internship Organization: Mesopotamian Foundation
Internship Location: Diyarbakir, Turkey
Description of Organization: Works on Kurdish language standarization and education
Description of Internship: helping with translating and compiling a report on the feasability of opening a Kurdish-language education course for foreigners

Name: Rivky Mondal
Area of Study: Modernism
Internship Organization: Critical Inquiry
Internship Location: Chicago, IL
Description of Organization: “Critical Inquiry is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the best critical thought in the arts and humanities. Founded in 1974, it has been called “one of the best known and most influential journals in the world” (Chicago Tribune) and “academe’s most prestigious theory journal” (New York Times). Combining a commitment to rigorous scholarship with a vital concern for dialogue and debate, the journal presents articles by eminent and emerging scholars, critics and artists on a wide variety of issues in contemporary criticism and culture.  Associated with no single school of thought, tied to no single discipline, Critical Inquiry is dedicated to providing a forum for cutting-edge thought while reconsidering traditional concepts and practices”
Description of Internship: Rivky was the editorial intern at Critical Inquiry for the summer of 2019. She helped copyedit the autumn and winter issues, fact-checked footnotes, and proofread and formatted posts for the blog.

Name: Renuka Shah
Area of Study: Emergency Management, Disaster Preparedness
Internship Organization: Will County Emergency Management Agency (WCEMA)
Internship Location: Joliet, IL
Description of Organization: WCEMA is responsible for coordinating the emergency and disaster mitigation, as well as preparedness, planning, response and recovery efforts of Will County and its political subdivisions in conjunction with the State of Illinois, private organizations, businesses, and the public.
Description of Internship: Developing and implementing a new premise alert program for Will County as well as assisting with the State of Illinois Premise Alert Program for nuclear counties.  Updating the Will County Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) as well as the Will County Continuity of Government Plan.  Participating in the biennial full-scale exercise for the Dresden Nuclear Station. Implementing and maintaining a Will County Access and Functional Needs registry database through community outreach to encourage special needs individual preparedness in the event of a disaster. Working with local municipalities, townships, and fire and police districts to ensure an integrated incident response approach at Will County.

Name: Zhenzhou Tan
Area of Study: Anthropology
Internship Organization: The International Rights Department at the University of Chicago Press
Internship Location: Chicago, IL
Description of Organization: The University of Chicago Press (UCP) is one of the largest and oldest academic publishers in the United States. It publishes academic books, journals, and the famous Chicago Manuel of Style. The International Rights Department is responsible for marketing UCP titles for translation into other languages, and handling all aspects of that licensing.
Description of Internship: His primary task was to assist with special marketing initiatives aimed at better reaching the Chinese market – UCP’s largest market – in advance of the Beijing International Book Fair in August, 2019. This entailed translating marketing materials from English into Chinese. He also explored UCP’s backlist for translation licensing and prepared accordingly special subject catalogs to pitch to UCP’s international partners.

Name: Brandon Truett
Area of Study: 20th- and 21st-Century Transnational Literature (US, Britain, and Spain); Visual Art; Global Modernism
Internship Organization: The Barnes Foundation
Internship Location: Philadelphia, PA
Description of Organization: Founded in 1922 by Albert C. Barnes, the Barnes Foundation is both an educational institution and an art collection that includes impressionist, post-impressionist, and modernist paintings, African sculpture, decorative objects, and an Arboretum of rare trees and plants.
Description of Internship: Brandon is a curatorial intern in the department of Collections and Exhibitions. He contributes to building new knowledge about the most under-studied objects in the collection. To this end, his major project is to produce object white papers about two paintings by the Spanish artist Joan Miró. This research will be internally archived in the curatorial files, and a more public-facing version will be available on the website.

Name: Caroline Zadina
Area of Study: Clinical Mental Health
Internship Organization: FutureCourse Education, Principled Athletics Practice
Internship Location: Chicago
Description of Organization: The mission of FutureCourse is to apply best practices to leadership development in general, and within athletics to help coaches and athletic teams build the personal skills, team dynamics and coach-athlete relationships that are consistent with effective long-term leadership.
Description of Internship: Caroline is leading the creation of a research-informed curriculum for high school and college team captains that educates how to recognize and respond to the mental health pressures in sport, and the environmental pressures and interpersonal challenges present in sport contexts. The goal of this work will be to promote education, awareness, and action when it comes to mental wellness and resilience, physical safety, self-advocacy, and skills to maintain healthy and safe sporting climates as team leaders and captains.

2018 Cohort

Name: Megan Beckerich
Area of Study: Japanese Art History
Internship Organization: Cincinnati Art Museum
Internship Location: Cincinnati, OH
Description of Organization: Art Museum
Description of Internship: Megan worked as a photography curatorial and paper conservation intern. She did research and input data on recently acquisitioned Japanese portraits, catalogued and did minor conservation work on a collection of cyanotypes depicting various countries in East Asia from 1905, worked on miscellaneous cataloguing and print cleaning projects, and wrote for the museum website.

Name: Du Fei
Area of Study: Early Modern South Asian and Indian Ocean history
Internship Organization: UChicago Library
Internship Location: Chicago, IL
Description of Organization: Library of the University of Chicago
Description of Internship: During his time as an intern at the Southern Asian Collections at the University of Chicago Library, Fei’s work sought to cross the boundary between the world of a historian and that of a librarian. Under the close supervision of the Southern Asian Librarian, Dr. Laura Ring, and the Southern Asian Bibliographer, James Nye, Fei started developing his first digital history project tentatively titled ‘Topography of Knowledge’ which aims to visualize the distribution and circulation of Hindi manuscripts in north India between 1700-1900. This ongoing scholarly project benefits from the hands-on skills which Fei learned from his professional training in cataloging and collection development. Such skills will continue to facilitate Fei’s future research which will involve a complex set of primary sources. At the same time, Fei’s academic background in South Asian history prompts him to consider how historians could bring their perspectives and expertise to collaborate more closely with librarians in order to develop strategies of collecting and presenting materials that better speak to the need of the scholarly communities.

Name: Simone Levine
Area of Study: Art History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Internship Organization: Smart Museum of Art
Internship Location: Chicago, IL
Description of Organization: The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is a site for rigorous inquiry and exchange that encourages the examination of complex issues through the lens of art objects and artistic practice. Through strong community and scholarly partnerships, the Museum incorporates diverse ideas, identities, and experiences into its exhibitions and collections, academic initiatives, and public programming.
Description of Internship: Simone’s GGI project primarily involved contributing research and writing for an exhibition of contemporary art titled The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China.  For this project, she completed artist files on each of the 23 artists whose work participated in the exhibition.  She would also drafted three artist profiles for the catalog, for which she was acknowledged with a credit in the final publication.  Following her graduation from MAPH, Simone joined the staff of the Smart Museum as Curatorial Research Assistant for Global Contemporary Art.

Name: Eszter Ronai
Area of Study: Psycholinguistics
Internship Organization: EduBase
Internship Location: Budapest, Hungary
Description of Organization: A start-up that provides a free cloud-based educational platform.
Description of Internship: EduBase aims to influence the Hungarian and broader regional Central European educational environment in two ways. First, they provide a platform for teachers and students to upload, share and test learning and examination materials. Second, they wish to provide a database of exercises themselves. As a linguist, Eszter’s main task was to contribute to EduBase’s database of English as a foreign language exercises. She started with collecting and analyzing the questions and question types from the most well-known foreign language exams (as well as the official national school-leaving exam) in Hungary. The EduBase platform was initially designed for Math exercises, so in consultation with tech developers, Eszter identified gaps and what developments were needed to accommodate English tasks. She also created full practice language exams at the A2, B1 and B2 CEFR levels, so that when EduBase meets with potential users (teachers or language centers), they have full tests available that can showcase what the platform can provide.

Name: Emilie Sarrazin
Area of Study: Egyptian Archaeology
Internship Organization: Oriental Institute Museum
Internship Location: Chicago
Description of Organization: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is a research center for ancient Near Eastern Studies. Its museum contains thousands of artifacts from ancient Egypt, Nubia, Mesopotamia, Persia and the Levant (Syro-Palestine), on display for the public to see and in storage for scholars to study.
Description of Internship: During the summer of 2018, Emilie completed a 10-week internship as a curatorial assistant for the Oriental Institute Museum.  Specifically, she used her Egyptological training to help re-install and improve the Egyptian gallery. Her work was tied to the Gallery Enhancement Project, a broader initiative which aimed at renewing all exhibits in anticipation of the centennial celebration of the Oriental Institute during the 2019-2020 academic year. Emilie performed a variety of tasks in close association with the museum’s Chief Curator and Deputy Director. For instance, she assisted with the selection of objects and the installation of new cases. She also worked on writing object labels and case panels, which entailed both generating new content through independent research and reviewing texts written by faculty members and museum staff.  Finally, she contributed to the design of panels through the selection of historical photographs and the creation of images such as maps.

Name: Charlotte Saul
Area of Study: British literary, visual and material culture of the long nineteenth century; the museum and the collection
Internship Organization: Chatsworth House
Internship Location: Derbyshire, UK
Description of Organization: Chatsworth House is home to the Cavendish family (the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire) and is set in the most beautiful stretch of countryside, the Peak District National Park. The house is also home to the impressive Devonshire Collection, an important collection of paintings, Old Master drawings, books, furniture, jewelry, and other decorative objects.
Description of Internship: Curator Charles Noble designed this research-based curatorial internship with an eye towards teaching Charlotte more about the documentation of prints and drawings. She worked specifically with the Devonshire Collection’s group of 450+ Inigo Jones drawings, all of them costume and set designs for 17th-century court masques. About half of their masque drawings had been previously cataloged. Charlotte’s task was to update the catalog entries for the remaining drawings and to write both physical descriptions and critical narratives with attention to recent scholarship for each unique object. This presented the opportunity to learn the intricacies of working with EMu, a collections management system commonly used by collecting institutions. For a student of literary and visual culture, the chance to work with the drawings in the archive was the most interesting part of this experience;  Charlotte valued the opportunity to study these rare and unique works on paper and was grateful for the space and time to think about the spectacles that these drawings represent.

Name: Laura Stigliano
Area of Study: Theoretical linguistics
Internship Organization: Speeko
Internship Location: Chicago, IL
Description of Organization: Speeko uses technology to reimagine traditional communications training methods to enable individuals and organizations to reach their goals.
Description of Internship: I did some research on various topics.

Name: Elizabeth Weiss
Area of Study: Clinical, School Social Work
Internship Organization: Recovery and Empowerment After Community Trauma
Internship Location: Chicago
Description of Organization: Healing Hurt People – Chicago is a partnership of the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital the Trauma Department. of John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and The Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at the Drexel University School of Public Health, where the Healing Hurt People model was developed. Thanks to a $2 million, five-year federal grant that Stolbach received from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, he and his team will be able to expanded its services to Gary Comer Hospital and created Recovery and Empowerment After Community Trauma (REACT).
Description of Internship: The REACT Summer Arts Intensive (RSAI) was a collaborative community arts initiative that investigated identity, trauma, and healing in community arts spaces. This project was conceived by GGI Recipient Elizabeth Weiss in collaboration with Recovery and Empowerment After Community Trauma (REACT) and Healing Hurt People (HHP) who serve survivors of violent injury from community violence. The REACT Summer Arts Intensive aimed to develop works of art that ultimately connect participants with the Chicago art community, expanding the arts discourse to include nuanced conversations around identity and healing that is grounded in the experiences of the artist/participants, stories of pain and resilience that are often marginalized.The program was structured so that artist/participants would receive introductory lessons to photography, painting, drawing, and collage. Chicago-based artist Marcelo Eli visited the program to lead a two day painting class and conduct a visiting artist conversation. Artist/participants spent the last two weeks of programming developing independent projects. Artist/participants produced a wide array of paintings, collages, and photographs ranging from playful explorations of paint, color, line, and fantasy, to personal and intimate meditations on loss, trauma, and healing.Due to additional funds pledged by REACT, artist/participants were offered a stipend for their participation and transportation to and from programming was provided. Elizabeth was awarded a grant from the University’s Student Creativity Fund that covered the cost of art supplies for the program. The Logan Center for the Arts hosted the 6 weeks program. The works of art were showcased in Amplify’s Summer Showcase at the Logan Center for the Arts. In November 2019, the resulting learnings and works of art of RSAI will be showcased in the American Public Health Association’s Annual Expo as part of their poster competition.

2017 Cohort

Name: Eufemia Baldassarre
Area of Study:
Italian Studies
Internship Organization:
The Newberry Library
Internship Location:
Chicago
Description of Organization:
Public research library
Description of Internship:
Eufemia was an intern at the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library. There, she engaged in various activities while focusing her attention primarily on one major project, the Center’s development of a website devoted to Italian Renaissance Paleography. Eufemia’s work on the Italian paleography website involved the close study of medieval and early modern Italian manuscripts in the Newberry’s collection as well as the compilation of a master list that comprises all the Newberry Italian manuscript books dated between 1300-1700.

Name: Jacob Harris
Area of Study: Fin-de-siècle and early 20th century fiction
Internship Organization: Center for the Documentation of the Tibetan Cultural Area
Internship Location: Paris
Description of Organization: A research group committed to the preservation and study of Tibetan Buddhist religious manuscripts, which operates under the auspices of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, a premier research institution in Paris.
Description of Internship: I served as a manuscript editor for a forthcoming volume of conference proceedings

Name: Emma Heidorn
Area of Study:
Clinical Social Work
Internship Organization:
East Jerusalem YMCA Rehabilitation Program
Internship Location:
Beit Sahour, Palestinian Territories
Description of Organization: The East Jerusalem YMCA Rehabilitation Program provides psychosocial support services to Palestinians in the West Bank affected by political violence. These services include mental health counseling, emergency psychosocial interventions, disability rehabilitation programming, case management services and job training.
Description of Internship:
The internship involved shadowing and supporting social workers based out of the YMCA offices in Beit Sahour and Hebron. Activities included home visits in refugee camps, recreational activities in refugee camps, job training support, emergency psychosocial interventions, and support for therapy groups. The internship also involved writing a literature review for the organization on secondary traumatic stress among aid workers in areas of conflict.

Name: Emily Masghati
Area of Study: 20th Century U.S. History
Internship Organization: NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
Internship Location: New York, NY
Description of Organization:Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
Description of Internship: Emily employed the LDF’s archives to assemble materials for an online exhibit commemorating 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The exhibit is a timeline showcasing 100 years of LDF’s work promoting fair housing. The exhibit includes details about major legal cases, community organizing work, and major campaigns in support of fair housing legislation. By showing how the battle for fair housing has taking place on so many different fronts, the exhibit encourages the public understand both why fair housing has not yet been achieved in this country as well as the historical roots of many current fair housing issues. The exhibit launched in April 2018.

Name: Natalia Pavlou
Area of Study: Linguistics
Internship Organization: Cyprus University of Technology/ Cyprus Interaction Lab
Internship Location: Lemesos
Description of Organization: The Cyprus Interaction Lab (CIL) of the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology is an interdisciplinary research lab which specialises in Educational Technology and Human Computer Interaction.
Description of Internship:For my GGI summer internship funded by UChicagoGRAD, I worked at the Cyprus Interaction lab at the Cyprus University of Technology during the summer of 2017. In more details, the project concerned an eye-tracking experiment capturing the eye gaze and movement of people reading sentences on the screen. The equipment used for the experiment was owned by the lab and the stimuli presented targeted the study of attention and memory of participants with respect to reading Twitter posts. Choosing this particular topic targeted (a) the understanding and promotion of the use of hashtags as a strategy for increasing the interest and awareness on political news (b) hashtags as the current market’s strategy on product and services marketing.

Name: Sasha Rohret
Area of Study: Egyptian Archaeology, Zooarchaeology
Internship Organization: The Oriental Institute
Internship Location: Chicago, IL
Description of Organization: Within the Oriental Institute, the Oriental Institute Museum (OIM) and Department of Public Education and Outreach promote interest in and understanding of ancient civilizations of the Middle East, and their connections to the modern world, for a broad and diverse audience. The OIM tells the story of the rise of civilizations, communicates the excitement of archaeological, linguistic, and historical discovery, enhances understanding and appreciation of cultural similarities and differences, shows connections between the ancient and modern worlds, and highlights the research of the Oriental Institute.
Description of Internship: In the summer of 2017, Sasha worked with the Museum Education and Public Programs department at the Oriental Institute Museum, to learn more about the process of developing educational programming at the museum for families, adults, and student groups. As part of this internship, she participated in youth, adult, and family programs, observed and partook in the planning process, and ultimately created a program of her own design. As part of the internship, Sasha assisted with events such as Ancient Earth Day, which focused on the use of natural or recycled materials to explore the creative engineering needed to build with limited resources, and Ancient Game Day, where families played games developed in the ancient Near East. When not working on these programs, she assisted the Education office with their day-to-day activities, preparing for the various group and adult programs that occur during the week. Over the course of the summer, Sasha created a ‘Families Day’ program centered on zooarchaeology. The program, which has become part of the department rotation, educates museum goers on what we can learn about human and animal interactions in the ancient world in a fun and engaging manner using both pieces on display in the galleries as well as hands-on activities with real animal bones from the collection housed in the OI Museum Zooarchaeology Lab.