Spring 2013 Application

Hiring decisions will be made on an ongoing, rolling basis.  Please apply soon - We look forward to hearing from you!

SSP Spring Project Openings

The Student-Scholar Partnership - the SSP - is an exciting, paid mentoring internship for sophomores, juniors and seniors offering educational and real-world experience. Students are hired for up to 50 hours of meaningful work over the course of a semester and are paid $11.00 an hour.

To apply,  please submit your resumeé to the SSP Listings through the Office of Student Employment online site: https://careers.brandeis.edu/studentjobs/

Job IDs# are listed next to the title. If chosen to interview, you may need to fill out the SSP application form and submit a writing sample directly to Kristen Mullin in Epstein at the Women's Studies Research Center. The writing sample can be any length or topic (relevant to project is better).  It needs to show you can take a thought, put it in on paper, and then discuss it clearly and intelligently. Many students have used past graded papers before.

Please Look Here for some Tips from Past SSPs to Future SSPs. Let their experience guide you on your way to success!
We look forward to hearing from you -
Kristen Mullin, SSP Program Coordinator: mullin@brandeis.edu        

Spring 2018 Openings (please scroll down for more detailed information):

1. "WSRC Art Walk Arts Assistant" with WSRC Scholar Sukeshi Sondhi - Job ID: 526859

2. "“Get Real: How Girls and Women Can Overcome the Need to Please to Lead Authentic Lives” Writing Assistant with WSRC Scholar Roz Barnett

3. "“Mentoring for Interracial Leadership: Educators & Students at a Working-Class High School” Research Assistant" with WSRC Director Karen V. Hansen

4. "Creation of a musical performance edition of Dame Ethel Smyth's 'Mass in D'" with WSRC Scholar Amelia LeClaire

Detailed Descriptions and Requirements:

1. "WSRC Art Walk Arts Assistant" with WSRC Scholar Sukeshi Sondhi - Job ID: 526859

The WSRC (Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center) Exhibitions Committee is interested in expanding the mission of the Kniznick Art Gallery. We would like to install a campus-wide exhibition to promote dialogue about important issues and address the ever-changing challenges related to women, gender, and social justice. The project aims to enhance spaces and dialogue on campus through a series of small exhibitions featuring photography, painting, sculpture, outdoor art, performance and video. The project would include both long and short-term exhibitions that would take place during the academic year. The work on display would represent a selection of student, faculty, scholar, alumni, and other invited artists, including selections from the Rose Art Museum. The exhibition or series of exhibitions would be unified as one project, culminating in guided Art Walk tours during the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts. The WSRC Scholar(s) will collaborate with selected student(s) and faculty to curate a series of indoor and outdoor exhibitions on campus. We will feature original artwork by scholars, staff, students, faculty, the Rose Art Museum collection, and other invited artists.

 The Student Assistant, in conjunction with the Mentor will be involved in various aspects of setting up art exhibition(s) on various campus sites. The initial stage will involve working with faculty and staff to identify appropriate public spaces on campus. Student assistant and other volunteers from the Art Department will assist in installing the work when possible. The student assistant will work with the mentor in documenting the art works, as well as designing the marketing and promotional material for the Art Walk. The official opening for the campus-wide show will occur during the Festival for the Arts in the spring. Students and Scholars will lead guided tours and a reception will take place during the Festival week.

 The Art Walk project is about collaboration between WSRC scholars and Brandeis students, staff and faculty. The student's knowledge and understanding regarding the university campus and community will be crucial to the success of the project..


Related Coursework: Passion for the Fine Arts, and interest in on-the-job learning about all aspects of curating an exhibition.

Technical Skills:  Computer proficiency would be useful especially with regards to creating online and off line marketing and promotional material and populating it on social media and traditional media like magazines and college and community newspapers.

Past Experience: Background in event/exhibition management and skills in creating promotional and publicity related material.

2. "Get Real: How Girls and Women Can Overcome the Need to Please to Lead Authentic Lives” Writing Assistant with WSRC Scholar Roz Barnett

My writing partner and I are completing work on a draft proposal for a trade book. We will then develop a full book proposal, which I will work on with the SSP through the spring semester.  Our premise:  In the U.S., there are two deeply-rooted and pervasive major narratives for how to grow up female: the "Nice" girl who is self-sacrificial and always puts others first, and the "Seductive" girl who is predominantly concerned with how she looks and dresses and measures herself in terms of male attention. At the same time, there is a strong current push for women to be authentic. In this book we dive deeply into the bind females are in when being authentic violates both the Ms. Nice and the Ms. Seductive mandates.

The SSP will research and summarize topics relevant to the proposal and prepare drafts. They may be asked to conduct on-line or in-person interviews.  I anticipate that the student will have more current info on popular themes, which will benefit the project. The student's internet and social media skills will be invaluable.  She/he will benefit from being engaged in the early stages of book writing and  will learn how to write for, and communicate with, a popular (not an academic) audience.


Related Coursework: Interest in gender issues, familiarity with popular culture relating to gender issues

Technical Skills:  Good internet search skills, self-starter, good communicator

Past Experience: Prior writing and or editing experience desirable

3. "Mentoring for Interracial Leadership: Educators & Students at a Working-Class High School” Research Assistant" with WSRC Director Karen V. Hansen

In order to investigate an era that violently erupted over integration, civil rights, and the war in Vietnam, “Mentoring for Interracial Leadership” focuses on one working-class, racially mixed high school in California – Sunnyvale High School (SHS) as a case study of a school that did some things right in the face of a very public and emotional interracial conflict. SHS also made mistakes and failed some students and faculty. This research maps the experiments and innovations as well as the failures from the sometimes conflicting perspectives of Teachers, Administrators, and Students. It enquires about the mix of resources, vision, commitment, and creativity that enabled the school community to quell violent outbreaks, re-frame misunderstandings, foster student leadership, and dialogue across difference.

Sociology and history largely ignore the role of teachers in the lives, achievements, and well-being of high school students and in resolving campus conflicts.  This project needs to expand the scope of sociological and historical literature related to high schools in the late 20th century. The SSP will assist in the search for literatures relevant to the project and discuss the issues with the Scholar.  The student will also help to build a FileMaker Pro database (already structured) of teachers at SHS at 3 different points in time: 1964, 1969, and 1974.


Related Coursework: Prior coursework in Sociology, WGS, AAAS, Education, History, or research methods.

Technical Skills:  Ability to use or learn Filemaker Pro and Endnote

Past Experience: Ability to read and summarize scholarly articles; Knowledge and ability to search tenaciously for relevant scholarly articles and books; excellent critical thinking skills

4. "Creation of a musical performance edition of Dame Ethel Smyth's 'Mass in D'" with WSRC Scholar Amelia LeClaire

Creating a performance edition in Sibelius of Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D, one of the great larger works by a great woman for chorus, soloists, and orchestra. This piece is currently only available in manuscript, and under copyright in Europe, however I have received permission to create an edition in the US.  Once a performing edition is created, parts can be extracted and the work can finally be performed as frequently as it should be. SSP will help decipher and transcribe into Sibelius the handwriting and notation of the score

In weekly meetings, using my Mac and Sibelius software, the student will continue to help me transcribe from a handwritten manuscript the entire Mass in D by Dame Ethel Smyth.   Our understanding of Sibelius software will be aided by our work together, and the student can do research into the software’s idiosyncracies as we work.


Related coursework: Music, score reading, orchestral score reading    

Technical Skills:  Knowledge of Sibelius software                        

Past Experience:  preference for score reading or musical background             

Similar Professional Interests: understanding of the importance of this work in light of other woman composers in history