In addition to the student experience grant, the Connected PhD program supports doctoral students by providing internships in higher education administration at Brandeis University. GSAS collaborates with a variety of offices around the University to develop internship opportunities.

PhD students in Anthropology, English, History, Musicology, Music Composition and Theory, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS), Politics, and Sociology may apply for any of these positions. The internships provide meaningful supervision and professional development, a project with a concrete deliverable, and the ability to continue work on-campus and remotely. The Connected PhD program funds the positions, each of which is paid at a $20 per hour rate, and successful candidates are selected by the host departments or units.

Applications are now open for three Summer 2022 internships. Please apply through this Google form. These internships will run from now to August 31 with approximately 14 hours of work per week. Below is a brief description of each.

Generation One Network

The purpose of the Generation One Network (Gen One) is to cultivate the undergraduate and graduate First-Generation and/or Low-Income (FLI) community at Brandeis. Given Gen One’s relatively early stage of development, the PhD intern would have the opportunity to work on one or more projects that would have a significant impact on the program’s future. The Gen One Higher Ed Administrative Intern will support the creation of resources for the institutional FLI website and will contribute to the design, implementation, and assessment of Gen One’s current and emerging mentorship programs and other initiatives. Depending on interest and availability, the PhD intern may also co-lead elements of the tentative pre-orientation program, opening retreat, and/or the monthly FLI Student Success team meetings, which is composed of an inter-departmental group of staff, students, and faculty. This internship would be virtual with in-person options for the beginning and end. Read more about the Gen One internship.

African and African American Studies Department

The African and African American Studies Department seeks to host a higher education administrative intern in order to establish a newly-envisioned AAAS-Alumni Collective. The project manager would develop concrete channels of communication drawing on connections among current departmental students and AAAS alumni. This would complement Alumni of Color Network efforts, but lean on AAAS department ties, or seek to identify those more strongly. The goals of the Collective itself, are to provide a networking conduit to facilitate career mentoring for AAAS majors as they approach graduation as well as to foster participation in the campaign to fund an endowed professorship in the department. Goals for the Collective are plastic; ideally, the project manager’s work will identify the most meaningful channels of engagement and/or foster new ones. This internship can be done fully remotely. Read more about the AAAS internship.

Intercultural Center

Central to its foundation, the Intercultural Center was created under a shared vision to foster a sense of belonging for all by cultivating an equitable and inclusive campus culture that embraces, honors, and celebrates the diversity of the university and society at large. Today, many students, faculty and staff are unaware of ICC’s rich history, and have a limited understanding of the resources and support services offered at the center.  As a result, the administrative intern will be responsible for compiling and aggregating data that details ICC’s past, present and future. The administrative intern will be expected to work closely with the Director of the ICC to develop a training workshop and creative visual project (i.e. webpage, photo series, video montage, mural etc.) that centers ICC’s origin and founding principles. Encouraged to work with members of the ICC community including ICC alumni, former ICC staff, and university campus partners (i.e. Student Activities, Alumni Relations, Archivists, etc.), the administrative intern will have an opportunity to explore a variety of transferable skills that will introduce them to higher education administration while also enhancing their academic research training and professional/leadership development experience. This internship will involve significant in-person work but can be somewhat flexible in allowing portions of the work to be done remotely. Read more about the ICC internship.


Descriptions of Previously Funded Administrative Internships