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Practitioner Program: Author's Assistant to Heather Radke

This internship is part of the University’s Jeff Metcalf Internship Program.

Fellowship Award Amount: up to $1,150
Internship Time Commitment: 9 weeks 8-10 hours per week possibility to extend to Winter & Spring Quarter

Description | About Heather Radke
Writer and radio journalist living in Brooklyn and looking for help with a variety of research tasks in preparation for a book proposal project. There may also be work helping to research story ideas for Heather's work as a contributing editor to Radiolab and as a freelance writer. The current book idea is still in its early stages, but the plan is that the book will explore everydayness and ordinariness in history and art as well as through memoir and reportage. 

Title & Location: Author Assistant, Virtual
Job Description
Looking for an intern
  • who can help with big-picture research. This would include reading widely about a specific topic and writing up a memo on the subject with sources. For example, reading sources that explain why Dutch painters in the 16th century began to depict everyday life and write up a two page summary of their findings.
  • who can help find grants and fellowship opportunities to help fund research.
  •  who can help to transcribe audio interviews using AI transcription software (like Descript or Otter) and take on other research tasks as needed. 

Job Duties and Responsibilities  
  • · Look for archival sources (example: where can I find archives of the first snapshots taken by non-professional photographers?)
  • · Independently investigate research questions (example: What scholarship is available on quilt-making in the American South? Who are the most famous people on YouTube who are depicting their everyday lives?)
  • · Research grant and fellowship opportunities
  • · Look for other books and projects that can serve as models in either form or content
  • · Transcribe audio interviews

  • · Familiarity with humanities and social science research methodology and databases 
  • · Enthusiasm for narrative nonfiction forms (ie. reported podcasts, essays, criticism, longform magazine pieces)
  • · Fluency with contemporary internet culture
  • · Interest in philosophy, history, journalism, and/or art history
  • · Creative thinker and problem solver with a willingness to pursue a question relentlessly from multiple angles
  • · Independent worker
  • · Diligent worker with strong organization skills

Required Materials - Submit to Handshake
  1.  Resume
  2. Cover Letter,