Back row: Emely Hernandez, Abdul Kizito, Cole Simon, Lena von Moltke, Agnes Dunne; front: Anna Southon, Abigail Haile, and Anika Love.


Eight U-M undergraduate students have been selected to be public humanities interns at the U-M Institute for the Humanities during the 2021-22 academic year.

The Public Humanities Internship Program, a new initiative from the Institute for the Humanities, gives selected undergraduate students the opportunity to gain an enhanced understanding of and involvement with the humanities. As they plan and execute new programming, the interns will also acquire practical, real-life experience developing skills in marketing, event planning, leadership, and teamwork. 

“The Institute has been expanding its engagement with undergraduate students for several years now,” said Peggy McCracken, Director of the Institute. “We’re delighted to welcome our new interns aboard, and I am excited about the ideas and energy they’ll bring to the Institute’s programming.”

The program sought applicants from schools and colleges across the university who have an interest in bringing the ideas of the humanities to life for general audiences through public programming. The eight finalists include students majoring in public policy, anthropology, German and political science. 

About the Institute for the Humanities: Established in 1987, the Institute for the Humanities facilitates work that examines humanities traditions broadly across space and time; deepens synergies among the humanities, the arts, and disciplines across the university; and brings the humanities to public life. Each year it provides fellowships for Michigan faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars who work on scholarly and artistic projects. It also offers a wide array of events, including public lectures, workshops, and discussions. The Institute for the Humanities Gallery—a fully curated, vibrant exhibition space—is known for bringing to campus artists whose work directly addresses current social issues and concerns.

2021-22 Public Humanities Interns

Agnes Dunne (social theory and practice, psychology, 2023)
Abigail Haile (anthropology and psychology, 2022)
Emely Hernandez (general studies, 2022)
Abdul Kizito (anthropology, 2023)
Anika Love (film, television, and media studies, 2023)
Cole Simon (political science, 2022)
Anna Southon (public policy, 2022)
Lena von Moltke (social theory and practice, German, 2022)