ICS Internships


BGSU Pre-Professional Programs and PreMajor



Are you majoring in English, Media and Communication, Graphic Design, or another discipline, and interested in an internship that puts your critical thinking and communication skills to good use? Do you want to learn more about coordinating interdisciplinary, public scholarship activities for campus and community audiences?

The Institute for the Study of Culture and Society supports faculty collaboration across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and serves as an incubator for innovative research and teaching. ICS supports the academic goals of the University by helping faculty to develop, communicate, and disseminate their scholarly and creative work to constituencies across campus and throughout the region. With our public events and outreach efforts, we bring issues of vital national and global importance to Northwest Ohio, and, in turn, bring community knowledge back into the university.

Interns at ICS work approximately 10 hours a week in the ICS offices, planning ICS Fellows talks, workshops, the Spring Speaker Series, and other high-impact events. ICS Intern tasks and responsibilities may also include:
  •          Drafting text for emails, press releases, invitation letters, posters, and other essential documents
  •          Researching, annotating, and summarizing scholarly articles in RefWorks
  •          Designing posters, flyers, emails, and digital imaging for ICS-sponsored events
  •          Planning, scheduling, and publicizing events, including the Spring Speaker Series and Scholars- and Artists-      in-Residence Fellowship lectures
  •          Developing curriculum for the Culture and Society Forum and/or the Spring Speaker Series
  •          Updating the website and social media accounts
  •          Taking photographs at events
  •          Coordinating schedules among various constituents across campus
  •          Creating itineraries for visiting speakers
  •          Reserving rooms and preparing for events across and off-campus
  •          Scheduling meetings with ICS Fellows, interdisciplinary research clusters, and ICS Executive Board members
  •          Collecting and organizing ICS Fellowship applications and Executive Board nominations
  •          Archiving ICS documents on Scholarworks at with the Center for Archival Collections
  •          Updating activity reports on research clusters

Depending on their program of study, ICS interns are eligible to register for one of the following courses: ENG 4890 (ENG 5890 for graduate students), AS 4890 (AS 5890 for graduate students), MDIA 4890, or ARTD 4890, for one to three credit hours. With the approval of the Director, students may be able to continue interning for a second semester. If they would prefer to do the internship without course credit, students may sign up for COOP 050, and the internship will still appear on their transcript.

Interns must have basic Microsoft Office skills; familiarity with Adobe Acrobat and/or Photoshop are preferred skills.
Application Materials are due November 13th, 2017. Please submit via email to ics@bgsu.edu the following documents:
·         Resume
·         Cover Letter, including:
  •     Your name
  •     Your major and year at BGSU
  •     Why you are interested in being an intern with ICS
  •     Your skills and interests that might be well suited to working with an interdisciplinary public humanities institute
  •     Relevant previous work, volunteer, or research experience (such as planning events or writing promotional materials)
  •     List of two references, with contact information
Review of applications will begin immediately after the deadline, with finalists being invited to interview for the position in late November.
Questions should be emailed to ICS Director, Dr. Jolie Sheffer at jsheffe@bgsu.edu.