A completed application consists of:

  1. Application form. Print out and fill in; hand in hard copy with application packet. Please do not email applications unless you have the consent of the director.
  2. An essay of approximately 500-750 words. Explain your interest in the projects you have selected, and your background and qualifications to undertake the proposed project(s) for which you apply. Please include information on the academic skills you can bring to the project(s) and any additional relevant experiences.
  3. A resume or CV.
  4. Unofficial copy of transcript (both undergraduate and graduate, if relevant).
  5. A sealed letter of recommendation. (Please present this letter with your application packet, and ask the faculty member to sign across the seal of the envelope.)

Terms of the Internship

Interns will devote 300 hours between mid-May and mid-August to the internship. Specific dates and hours will be worked out between the student and the co-sponsoring agency.

Undergraduate students earn between $2,175 and $3,000 for the summer, depending on internships, and graduate students earn $3,750 (unless otherwise indicated). Each student will have a site supervisor.

For more information about the content and scope of IPH internships, check out the interns' Tumblrs from 2015 and 2016.

Who May Apply

Students in good standing enrolled full- or part-time during the Spring semester prior to the internship may apply for the summer opportunities. Students graduating in May are considered undergraduates for the purposes of the internship pay scale. Internship matches will be made on the basis of the student's qualifications to meet the needs of the agency which is co-sponsoring the internship.

Fields of greatest interest for summer 2017 include: history, African-American Studies, American Studies, digital humanities, art history, architectural history, prose writing, English, law, education, anthropology, archaeology, women's and gender studies. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.


Completed applications (1 copy of application form, essay, resume, unofficial transcript and sealed recommendation) must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2017. DO NOT STAPLE - Deliver applications to Lisa Goff, c/o English Department, 102B Bryan Hall. (Mailbox is located outside department office on second floor of Bryan Hall).

Announcement of Internships

Awards will be announced by the end of March or early April, 2017. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lisa Goff, IPH director, at lg6t@virginia.edu.

Last updated: November 2016
For more information contact Lisa Goff.