PhD students in Comparative Literature are encouraged to integrate internships into their doctoral program, in order to expand their academic skills and explore opportunities for experiential learning that will enable them to connect the university to the world and prepare for diverse career paths beyond the Phd.
Our graduate students have had success in applying for the Rackham Doctoral Intern Fellowship Program, leading to opportunities to work on projects at the UM Museum of Art, U Michigan Press, the Penny Stamps Gallery, The Michigan Quarterly Review, as well as partner organizations outside the university, such as the Library of Congress.
In addition, since 2018 our department has started funding a number of self-initiated internships proposed by CompLit graduate students, including short-term summer projects and one full academic term internship fellowship every winter semester. Students may earn academic credit by connecting their internships to mini-courses, and they have the flexibility to propose internships as capstone projects in graduate certificate programs.
These are their experiences.