Preferred class levels: Students must be currently enrolled sophomores or juniors. Currently enrolled seniors are also eligible to apply for fall internships if their graduation date is in May 2022.
Required application documents: Cover letter explaining why you are interested in the internship and what experience you have relevant to the description; resumé; copy of unofficial Harvard transcript
Application deadline: Monday, October 11, 2021 at 11:59pm
Interest in the medical humanities is growing nationally, as medical professionals realize that caring for patients—and for themselves—often requires more than even the most sophisticated medical technologies can provide. Medical professionals with humanities interests write articles in public journals, teach in Medical Humanities programs, make films, and gather to share and to study arts and humanities in global conferences. Works of literature, the visual arts, music, and the great texts of philosophy are increasingly part of programming in hospitals and other medical settings, part of coursework in medical schools, and in demand in new online programs of professional development.
With more and more education now occurring online and across time zones, traditional 50 minute lectures, classic roundtable seminars and even hands-on labs are increasingly being augmented by new pedagogical forms and formats. Educational content that can be used synchronously or asynchronously, content that offers replay, speed control, annotation and other engagement features, and that may include video or audio, is increasingly in demand for learners both outside—and inside—traditional educational institutions. Engaging mini-lectures, scalable seminars, on-location field trips, animated visualizations and lab demonstrations are some of these new modes of instruction, and demand for these in medical education is also growing.
Demand is also growing for video editors, instructional designers, and multimedia producers capable of translating curricular content, including academic materials, into engaging video. Subject knowledge married to video storytelling expertise is in high demand, and there are growing opportunities for humanists to work both in and outside of academic settings—even as there are new opportunities for media-makers to work, not only in film, broadcast television and other entertainment venues, but in education.
Drawing on an archive of raw footage filmed at two day-long medical humanities conferences, the video editing intern in the medical humanities will work with Professor Elisa New and Dr. Rafael Campo to conceive and edit short modules of content for online learners. Sourcing images and music to integrate into footage of interviews and performances, the intern will edit a 5-10 minute video, with supervision and training from a 25-year veteran creator of science and educational media. Applicants should have some prior familiarity with editing in Adobe Premiere, or a keen interest and commitment to quickly learning video editing and archival image research.
Applicants should be ready to commit 7-10 hours per week throughout the period of the internship, and work with others to meet tight publication deadlines; work will be mostly remote, with exceptions to be determined in consultation with supervisor.
The period of the internship is 10 weeks during the Fall 2021, with flexible start and end dates. The intern will receive a stipend of $1,400 ($700 payable at the end of week 5 and $700 payable upon successful completion of the internship and submission of a brief report).