Per our discussion, your assignment (which will fall under the rubric of the editorial intern position) will be to write news stories on the academic job market, graduate school admissions, and alternatives to the tenure-track academic career.
We're shooting for a writing schedule of approximately one substantive article a week, though obviously that's subject to revision if necessary.
The position will require a great deal of research and writing -- you'll be in communication with various figures within, for example, the American Historical Association about jobs data and AHA initiatives on PhD employment.
You'll also be talking to historians and people who have trained as historians who are employed in a wide variety of different fields, profiling them as part of the series on alternative career tracks.
Finally, you'll be be writing articles geared toward an undergraduate/recent graduate audience on this question so many ask themselves: "Should I go to graduate school for a history PhD?" (Hopefully, you'll find the answer personally relevant, too!)
This latter topic will be the subject of your first article, which is due next Friday, 5:00 pm Eastern/4:00 pm Central.
Here are some good contacts/background:
Alexanda Lord, BeyondAcademe. She's writing the book (well, the website) on alternative history career paths: http://www.beyondacademe.com
Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some background on future paths for PhD/MA students (and also good articles of the kind you'll be writing):
From Ph.D. to Prep School: http://chronicle.com/blogs/onhiring/from-ph-d-to-prep-school/36397
Life as a Captive of the Job Market: http://chronicle.com/article/Life-as-a-Job-Market-Captive/136939/
What are Low-Ranked Graduate Programs Good For? http://chronicle.com/article/What-Are-Low-Ranked-Graduate/136823/
Turning "Plan B" into "Plan A" for Life http://chronicle.com/article/Turning-Plan-B-Into-a-Plan/132961/
Writing for History Buffs (by Alexandra Lord): http://chronicle.com/article/Turning-Plan-B-Into-a-Plan/132961/
AHA Today (good resource for latest news from the American Historical Association): http://blog.historians.org/
Important Contact: Robert Townsend, http://www.historians.org/info/contact.cfm?u=rtownsend -- he's the AHA deputy director and all-around jobs numbers guru.
CONTACT FOR GRAD SCHOOL ARTICLE: Thomas Bender, NYU professor. He's presented at historical conferences before on this subject: email@example.com
ALSO, please send me a writing sample in order to get some feedback from me on writing style/technique.
Hopefully that's enough to go on -- let me know if you need anything else (and, of course, please let me know if you have any questions!)
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