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Courses & Internships at Rutgers-Newark

FALL 2022

American Studies: 21:050:520:01

Mutual Aid Storytelling and Sharing: A Translocal Learning Space
Core Topics in American Studies

Prof. Leora Fuller
Thursdays 2:30-5:20pm
Course Number: 21:050:520:01

Learn about mutual aid! Connect with local NJ organizers! Make creative storytelling projects!

In this nontraditional learning space organized by the Humanities Action Lab, we will explore radically different ways of moving through our lives based upon the experiences of mutual aid practitioners, environmental justice organizers, and Indigenous people. Students will develop their story telling and gathering skills, work directly with mutual aid organizers in Newark and in communities across the country, and make creative shareable resources that will support ongoing mutual aid efforts in these places. Together we’ll tell stories about ourselves and the people we’re connected to; building affinity and organizing towards material change in our lives.

American Studies 26:050:619:02
(Internship: Humanities Action Lab & Newark Water Coalition)

Develop your skills in mutual aid organizing, community-based storytelling, and digital media production through this internship course hosted by Newark Water Coalition and the Humanities Action Lab at Rutgers-Newark. Interns will work with members of Newark Water Coalition–a local advocacy organization–and Humanities Action Lab staff as the two organizations jointly launch Newark Community Voices, a community-based media project focused on environmental justice issues in the city’s “frontline” communities (those hit hardest by environmental injustice and COVID-19).

Through workshop-style training sessions and on-the-ground practice with a professional videographer and veteran organizers, interns will gain hands-on experience:

  • distributing vital resources to local residents through Newark Water Coalition’s mutual aid network

  • conducting public outreach and developing organizing relationships in frontline communities

  • collaborating with local residents to identify potential stories about the environmental challenges, material needs, and public policy priorities of Newark’s frontline communities

  • creating short video documentaries  in collaboration with community members about the above issues for audiences in those communities


No experience with organizing or digital media production necessary! Open to undergraduates and graduate students from all disciplines!

 

Questions? Write to Anthony Diaz, Director, Newark Water Coalition (newarkwatercoalition@gmail.com)

SUMMER 2022

Summer Internship: Newark Water Coalition and Humanities Action Lab

June 6-August 5, 2022

Receive a $3,000 stipend while developing skills in mutual aid organizing, community-based storytelling, and digital media production through this 9-week summer internship hosted by the Humanities Action Lab (HAL) at Rutgers-Newark and Newark Water Coalition (NWC), a local advocacy organization. Interns will work with NWC members and HAL staff to launch Newark Community Voices, a new community-based project that will produce digital news stories about public health, environmental, and climate issues in the city’s “frontline” communities (those that are impacted most directly by inequality and injustice).

Through workshop-style training sessions and on-the-ground practice with a professional videographer, veteran organizers, and humanities scholars, interns will gain tangible experience:

  • distributing vital resources to local residents through Newark Water Coalition’s mutual aid network 

  • conducting public outreach and developing organizing relationships in frontline communities

  • collaborating with local residents to identify potential stories about the environmental and public health challenges, material needs, and public policy priorities of Newark’s frontline communities

  • creating short video documentaries (3-to-5 minutes) about the above issues for audiences in frontline communities and in collaboration with community members. 

 

The internship is open to all Newark residents aged 17-26. 

No experience in organizing or digital media production necessary! 

 

Interns must commit to: 

  • working 15 hours per week from June 6-August 5 

  • participating in at least 5 Newark Water Coalition’s weekly distribution events (Saturdays, 11am-2pm, St. Stephen’s Church, 7 Wilson Ave., Newark)

  • attending weekly in-person team meetings at the offices of Newark Water Coalition (311 Clinton Ave, Newark) and the Humanities Action Lab (Hahne & Co. Building, 54 Halsey St., Room 422, Newark)

  • participating in group work and/or independent research outside of weekly team meeting times

 

Have questions? Contact: Anthony Diaz (Founder and Organizer, Newark Water Coalition) at newarkwatercoalition@gmail.com or Richard Anderson (Public Programming and Exhibitions Manager, Humanities Action Lab) at ra879@scarletmail.rutgers.edu. Call or text Richard at 773-962-1102. 

 

To apply, submit a letter of interest to Richard Anderson at ra879@scarletmail.rutgers.edu. Be sure to explain: 

  • why you are interested in the internship

  • what you hope to learn from the internship

  • any prior activities, coursework, or experience in community organizing, storytelling, or digital media that might be relevant to the internship

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline to apply: Friday, April 8, 2022

SPRING 2022

American Studies 26:050:619:02
(Internship: Humanities Action Lab & Newark Water Coalition)