Public Research Intern, Climate Storytelling Research, Collection, and Engagement team

Climate Storytellers: Call for Applications for Paid Public Research Internships 

With support from the National Geographic Foundation, the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) is recruiting a cohort of 5 paid public research interns to work on our ongoing Environmental Data and Climate Storytelling initiatives. These include 

  • Podcast and blog, Data Remediations, launched in fall 2018; 

  • #MyClimateStory, a public storytelling project, launched in fall 2019;

  • Festival of Virtual Reality and Environmental Storytelling experiences (a Provost’s Impact Seminar), including a hybrid vr/live performance, The Altering Shore, at the Annenberg Performing Arts Center, November 22-23; 

  • Climate Storytelling partnerships with four other universities across the United States; 

  • Climate Sensing and Data Storytelling, an un-conference with workshops and narrative and visual arts engagements, May 7-9, 2020. 

You can learn more about past public research internships at PPEH here.

Student researchers will meet with faculty mentors once weekly in fall and spring semesters to guide their contributions to these initiatives. They will work to research, document, and collect diverse climate stories; make written and spoken contributions to blog posts and podcast episodes; assist to organize and host public engagements; etc. Each research intern should expect to work between 2-5 hours on weekly average from October 2019-May 10, 2020. Interns will be paid an hourly wage of $12/hour with an annual cap of $2000 per individual. Selected participants may choose to enroll in the spring semester seminar, Public Environmental Humanities, to receive a course credit. You can learn more about past public research internships at PPEH here.

These public research internships are available to students across Penn’s schools. Undergraduates and graduates may apply. Fields of study may include: English and other languages and literatures, history of art, media studies, anthropology, urban studies, planning, environmental studies, creative nonfiction. Students with the following additional skills are especially encouraged to apply: ability to work both independently and collaboratively, experience in digital exhibit production, event planning, photography, public research, graphic design, web design, video editing, social media, documentary research and/or journalism.

Application materials must include:

  • a cover letter that clearly explains the candidate’s qualifications and reasons for application (maximum of 750 words)

  • an unofficial academic transcript

  • one reference letter from a Penn faculty member or previous employer 

All applicants will be reviewed for academic excellence as well as experience relevant to this high-profile project. Application materials are due on 10/15. Applications and questions should be directed to

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