Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities

Internship and Assistantship Opportunities

The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities at Iowa State University is pleased to offer a graduate student assistantship and an undergraduate internship for students to use and develop their skills in technical writing, website development, and design.

CEAH Undergraduate Internship

OPEN for the Summer and/or Fall Semester(s) 2014

The Center seeks an intern with a background in journalism, mass communication, advertising, or public relations. The intern will be responsible for the redesign of and updates to the Center's website, dissemination of any press releases to university, local and state-wide agencies prior to events, postings to the Center's arts and humanities listserv, follow-up articles summarizing the events for use in Center publications (website, e-newsletter, or annual report), and other written and design assignments as needed.

Applicants must be skilled, persuasive writers and must be familiar with Microsoft Office. Preferred skills include knowledge of HTML code, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop software.

Hours Required
The CEAH is based in Catt hall on the ISU campus. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 10 - 15 hours per week, though the actual times/days may be mutually determined to suit the Center-related activities, the intern's class schedule, and the Center office hours. This internship is flexible and works with the intern's preferred time-frame for completion. CEAH public events are occasionally held in the evenings at the Memorial Union or Brunnier Museum. The intern will be expected to attend all evening public events. This is an unpaid internship.

How to Apply
Applications for the Summer and/or Fall Semester(s) 2014 will be accepted this spring for review. Please email a cover letter, resume and sample of writing to the Center (, subject line: Internship) or send the application to:

The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities
202 Catt Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50010

CEAH Graduate Assistantship

Position CLOSED

This assistantship is classified as a research assistantship according to the graduate college guidelines. The monthly stipend for a half-time assistantship starts at $1250. Check with the graduate college to find out if you are eligible for a partial tuition scholarship as a graduate student holding an assistantship. CEAH does not offer tuition scholarships.

Start Date: Position CLOSED

Eligibility: See ISU Graduate College guidelines

To Apply: Deliver resume and cover letter in person to CEAH office during open hours (Monday-Thursday 8:30-4:00)

Application Deadline: CLOSED

Job Description:
Job description is a list of current assistant responsibilities. Many of these skills can be developed on the job or through training courses available on campus.

Grant research and writing
Research potential sources of funding for CEAH programs including internal ISU sources as well as government, private foundation, and corporate foundation grants. Assist faculty with grant writing and realistic budget development according to sponsor guidelines. Copy, edit, and review final drafts. Maintain knowledge base on arts and humanities funding opportunities to suggest promising directions for projects related to CEAH interests.

CEAH website development and maintenance
Maintain the CEAH website according to ISU Marketing specifications as needed and develop content as new programs are initiated. Use Photoshop to format photos and other graphic content. Update webpages directly on the ISU server with Filezilla and Hummingbird software. Copyedit and review pages on regular basis. Make additions to CEAH how-to web guide as needed.

CEAH programming series development
Develop funding sources and assist faculty with grants to support CEAH programming. Research and compile readings and resources relevant to the programming series for planning committee and CEAH director. Communicate with potential and invited speakers to arrange event scheduling, lecture details, and travel arrangements as-needed. Arrange for program co-sponsors with other campus units. Act as chauffer for guest speakers on as-needed basis. Attend CEAH events on as-needed basis.

Steering Committee and Advisory Council
Act as chair of CEAH steering committee working group on student involvement. Develop plans for attracting student involvement in CEAH programs and present them to the steering committee. Attend steering committee and advisory council meetings in fall and spring. Assist director and programming assistant to prepare for meetings.

Office administration
Handle office administration tasks as they are assigned by the programming assistant or director. Assist in writing, designing, copyediting, and producing of all CEAH publications, including newsletters, brochures, flyers, programming posters, and web content. Coordinate and execute annual mass mailing of CEAH promotional materials at start of fall semester. Handle photocopying, filing, and general office clerical work as-needed.