This past summer, we were fortunate to have Princeton University PhD candidate Katherine King complete an internship project at NJCH. We ARE the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, so we asked her to reflect on her time with us. Read below for her thoughts.
“My summer internship at NJCH was incredibly fulfilling, both personally and professionally. I spent two months analyzing data, attending public lectures, and talking with local community contacts to better understand the ways that New Jersey residents engage with the public humanities through the Public Scholars Project, culminating in a comprehensive report that I shared with my colleagues. Throughout the process, I spent lots of time talking through the relevant issues with everyone at the Council, taking advantage of the office’s collaborative environment to learn from different perspectives and think in more nuanced ways about public programming in the humanities. In the end, I was sad to leave such a welcoming environment full of people dedicated to doing good work, but I was also proud to have played a role in that good work in my own small way. My time at NJCH deepened my familiarity with New Jersey and the incredible communities in it, but it also gave me new insights, skills, and connections that will help me re-orient my career path and make my own contributions in the world.”