JOB OPENING: Native Narrative Student Research Internship  

Native Narrative Student Research Internship

Purpose.  The primary purpose of this internship is to create a public database of Native American scholars and experts in Indigenous storytelling, history, civics, language, literature, arts and crafts, and other humanities disciplines.  The database will include representatives of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribal Nations, willing to serve as consultants, advisors, program evaluators and/or speakers. The database will be used by Wyoming Humanities, grantees, members of the Wind River community, and others. The work will involve identifying potential scholars and experts, outreach reach to see if they are willing to be added to the online database, collecting information such as contacts, biographies, and areas of interest and expertise, and entering the information into a database.  The internship will also expose individuals to the operations of a cultural non-profit organization, grant evaluation, marketing, and programming and other aspects of Wyoming Humanities.  

Organizational Overview.  Wyoming Humanities is a statewide organization with the mission of increasing Wyoming’s democracy by creating an environment of wisdom, inspiration, idea sharing and understanding.  Wyoming Humanities develops its own programming and provides grants to Wyoming nonprofits for public programs, preservation projects, digital creations, and publications.  All programs and grants involve scholars or subject matter experts.  A large body of work involves working with the Tribes of Wind River Indian Reservation and other Tribes who have traditionally called Wyoming Home. Wyoming Humanities provides funding for Native language projects, documentaries, histories, storytelling, cultural awareness, civics projects, and community conversations.

Work Environment.  Wyoming Humanities is a tight and collaborative team of six self-motivated employees.  It is headquartered in Laramie at the University of Wyoming, but most employees work remotely across the state.  

Intern position.  This is a temporary, part-time, non-benefited, remote position.  The position will begin in January 2024 and last through May 2024.  Interns will be provided with a computer during the internship.  Interns will report to Emy diGrappa, Wyoming Humanities Executive Producer.  

Job Responsibilities

  • Prepare interview questions for scholars and experts that ensure a robust database of knowledge, contact information tribal affiliation, and willingness to serve as an expert or scholar for public humanities programs.  
  • Interview humanities professionals to be included in the database. Interviews may be conducted in-person or virtually.
  • Maintain accurate records of interviews and update the information in the Salesforce database and/or Foundant management system.
  • Manage and respond to project related emails and phone calls. 
  • Create a form Wyoming Humanities can promote on our website for other humanities professionals to complete once the work of this position has been fulfilled.
  • Participate in staff meetings and regular check-ins with supervisor

Qualifications and Skills  A qualifying intern should be familiar with regional and Tribal representatives, policies, and cultures.  One to two years working or living in Tribal communities.  Native American students encouraged to apply. Candidates should be enrolled in a Wyoming higher education setting (university or college), ideally studying a humanities field.  A successful candidate will be creative, self-motivated, resourceful, and have excellent communication skills. An ideal candidate should be creative and not afraid to suggest new approaches, learn new things, and is willing to ask for help, input or advice.   Experience with various computer programs including Excel, Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and databases is preferred.  

Compensation  $20 per hour, for 17 hours per week, for 6 months beginning in April 2024.  Interns will be provided a temporary computer.  Milage for travel to meet in person with potential scholars/experts will be compensated at the federal reimbursement rate.    

To Apply  Send cover letter explaining your background, experience and why you are interested in our internship position, and a resume to Wyoming Humanities, PO Box 400, Laramie WY 82073 or email ask@thinkwy.org. For additional information or questions, please call either Emy diGrappa 307-699-2680 or Chloé Flagg 307-851-5937.  

Applications Due  February 29, 2024.