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Humanities Mellon Scholars


The Humanities Mellon Scholars Internship Program provides a first-hand look at the possibilities open to graduates in Humanities-related majors.

These work-study programs provide a behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day operations at a local museum, participation in a community art project, or assist in the implementation of Humanities-related events.

Another distinctive feature of the Humanities Mellon Scholar Program is a two-quarter paid internship.

My internships taught me to be a better writer and developed my critical thinking skills. Mellon Scholars can seem intimidating but it’s worth it to push yourself and get out of your comfort zone.

- Camille Henry

You'll explore career opportunities, network with professionals, and contribute to meaningful work in a professional environment — applying skills and practices developed in your coursework.


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Internship placements may include museums, theaters, non-profit community organizations, educational projects or music and film production companies. You will gain insight into your internship organization while also benefiting from the experiences of other Humanities Mellon Scholars

What are the details of the HMS internship work?

The internship averages between 5 to 10 hours per week paid at $17 per hour.  Mellon Scholars are also required to enroll in an on-line internship course (the one-unit ITRN 50 during their first quarter interning, the two-unit ITRN 51 during their second quarter interning, etc.). Both courses are only offered at Foothill College.  HMS Interns check in weekly via Canvas, to submit weekly timesheets and share updates on internship experiences.

What are the minimum requirements to participate?

  • Be at least 18 years or older.
  • Commit to working at least 5 hours per week (Not required during finals week and holidays).
  • Have your own transportation to the internship.

Who are some of our Internship Partners?

See a list of some of our partnership organizations.

Winter 2021 Admission

We will consider applications as they come in.  The application process closes November 29 for Winter 2021.

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Humanities Mellon Scholars Program Director