Ph.D. Career Pathways

Launched in 2020, Ph.D. Career Pathways is a collaborative initiative by the Graduate School and Texas Career Engagement that helps PhD students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences prepare for a broader range of careers within, alongside, and outside of the academy.

Inspired by the AAU Ph.D. Education Initiative, Ph.D. Career Pathways is a professional development and project-based internship opportunity for PhD students in community and professional organizations. Fellows are paired with a dedicated PhD career advisor and participate in professional development seminars throughout the academic year where they:

  1. Build a community with fellow graduate students from different departments who are exploring similar options
  2. Learn how to translate their skills into different professional contexts
  3. Explore career options outside of academia

Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 cohort. More information about the application process and fellowship sites is available below.

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  • About the Ph.D. Career Pathways Fellowship

Fellowship Details

Fellows work as paid interns at organizations including museums, nonprofits, state agencies, and university departments and offices. Fellows are appointed for 10 hours-per-week, on or off campus. Examples of past projects include curating exhibits, conducting public outreach projects, and developing humanities initiatives.

Application Process

2022- 2023 Fellowship Sites

As part of the application process, you will be asked to select 1-3 sites for which you’re applying. Participating organizations and internship positions for the 2022-23 Ph.D. Career Pathways Fellowship can be found below.

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Digital Content Creator for Archival Instruction
Research Fellow

Affirma Consulting
Content Writer & Research Intern

The Museum of Human Achievement
MoHA Community Experience Design

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Division of Data Management and Research
Data and Research Policy Fellow

Excelencia in Education
Communications Specialist

Graduate Research Assistant

Harry Ransom Center
Curatorial Assistant

Texas Folklife
Assistant Program Coordinator

Six Red Marbles
Instructional Designer Intern

Seedling Foundation
Research Fellow

Eugene & Associates, PC
Social Justice Research Analyst

Application Timeline

Applications Open – June 1, 2022

Application Close – June 20, 2022

Interview with Ph.D. Career Pathways Team – July 11 – July 15, 2022

Final Decisions Announced – by July 25, 2022

Onboarding – Aug 17, 2022

Fellowship start date – Aug 29, 2022

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Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Current doctoral student at UT Austin
  • Enrolled as a full-time student (at least 9 credit hours) during the 2022-23 academic year
  • Able to be employed for at least 10 hours during both the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters
  • In good academic standing with approval from academic/graduate advisor

Attend an Info Session

Info session – Wednesday, June 8, 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Info session – Monday, June 13, 12–1 p.m.

Learn more about the program and hear from past fellows, by watching the recorded Ph.D. Career Pathways info session.

Past Fellows

Learn about previous fellows, their areas of study, and the experiences they gained through Ph.D. Career Pathways Fellowship.

2021 – 22 Cohort Bios

Elena Perez-Zetune

Elena Perez-Zetune

Communications Specialist Intern at Excelencia in Education!

Elena Perez-Zetune is a 4th year PhD student in the Mexican American and Latina/o Studies Department (MALS), also obtained her M.A. from the same department and her B.A. from Gettysburg College. She is an educator, and is teaching Introduction to Mexican American/Latinx Cultural Studies this fall. Her research focuses on Latinx labor and community formation in the Mid-Atlantic. She hopes to gain a career in the field of education- teaching intensive institutions and/or educational non-profits.

Alina I. Scott

Alina I. Scott

Research Fellow Intern at the Briscoe Center

Alina Scott is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Texas, Austin. Her dissertation explores Black and Indigenous petition drives in the 19th century U.S. Northeast. She is interested in the digital humanities, community engaged research, and public facing work. Alina has served as Associate Editor and Communications Director at Not Even Past, an online public history magazine, and a managing editor for Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal (2019-20). She now hosts the weekly 15 Minute History Podcast, part of the University of Texas’s Podcast Network. She hopes to pursue a career in communications, publishing, and digital media.

Ricardo Castro

Ricardo Castro

Curatorial Assistant Intern at The Harry Ransom Center

I am a journalist and cultural promoter currently pursuing a PhD at The University of Texas at Austin. He has contributed to outlets in Colombia, Mexico, Spain and the UK. He has taught journalism writing and practices in Bogotá and headed an annual Creative Writing Worskhop for Bogota’s public arts programme. I am interested and passionate about long-form journalism and literature. My research interests explore empathy in literature, journalism ad photography for memory and peace-building in post-conflict Perú and Colombia.

Raelynn Gosse

Raelynn Gosse

Graduate Research Intern at LifeWorks

Raelynn Gosse is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English. Her research considers portrayals of female characters in the 19th-century Gothic and contemporary horror film, focusing on the “monsterization” of femininity within the domestic.

Jared Jensen

Jared Jensen

Program Development Specialist Intern at Austin Urban Technology Movement

Jared Jensen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. His research explores the communication and power dynamics that emerge in organizing for creativity and innovation. In line with his dissertation, he is currently working on a book that considers how artists and creatives can optimize their relationships with dominant social systems. In the Career Pathways program, Jensen aims to develop his project management and collaboration skills to prepare him for a career that involves entrepreneurship and consulting.

Songhee Han

Songhee Han

Research Fellow Intern at Briscoe Center

Songhee Han is a 3rd-year doctoral student in the Learning Technologies program at Curriculum & Instruction department. Her research is focused on how web-based technologies can be used to enable authentic learning experiences for all ages. Her professional goal centers on utilizing her rich research skills in quantitative and qualitative studies but producing practical deliverables that help people’s life directly.

Aruna Kharod

Aruna Kharod

Research Fellow Intern at Humanities Texas

Aruna Kharod is a doctoral candidate in the Ethnomusicology department who specializes in performing arts of South Asia. Her dissertation research studies the effects of recent environmental and political changes on India’s sitar-making industry. Aruna is an active Bharatanatyam (South Indian classical dance) and sitar (North Indian classical music) artist, and is an experienced educator both in academic and public-facing settings. Other projects on which she is currently working include an ongoing community-based project to archive and study songs of the Partition Era with South Asian elders in the diaspora and developing social justice-oriented choreographies for Bharatanatyam dance. She hopes to apply her passion for public humanities in her PhD Career Pathways fellowship and future career.

Haleigh Wallace

Haleigh Wallace

Program Assessment and Career Outcomes Research Fellow Intern at UT Austin Center for Women’s and Gender Studies

Haleigh Wallace is a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and a graduate portfolio student in Women’s and Gender Studies. She works in sociolinguistics with a focus on the relationship between language, gender, and sexuality. She is especially interested in the ways that queer identities are performed through language, and her current research looks at the use of English borrowing in Spanish drag performances.

Ashley Garcia

Ashley Garcia

Media & Engagement Coordinator Intern at Texas Folklife

Ashley Garcia is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research includes 19th century political history, American communitarianism, and American political thought. Her dissertation, “An American Socialism: The Associationist Movement and Nineteenth Century Political Culture,” explores America’s most popular utopian socialist program: the Associationist movement of the mid-19th-century. Ashley completed a Portfolio in Museum Studies as her secondary PhD field. Her professional work also extends outside of the classroom. She has worked as an archival intern for the William Wayne Justice Center and research fellow for the Texas State Historical Association. She recently served as a researcher for a historical documentary on the women’s suffrage movement in Texas called Citizens At Last: Texas Women and the Fight for Justice. After completing her PhD, Ashley hopes to pursue a career in advocacy or content training and delivery. She is committed to fostering collaborative projects that bring together community stakeholders and historical researchers.

Anahí Ponce

Anahí Ponce

Community Engagement Coordinator Intern at OUTsider Fest

Anahí Ponce is a writer, poet, and organizer from El Paso, Texas. Anahí is a second year PhD student in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. Her research is interested in nontraditional forms of activism, and what kind of activism gets to “count” under a neoliberal lens. She also has research interests in Latinx literatures, Queer Studies, and how these topics transcend the academy and are in conversation with notions of community.

2020-21 Cohort Bios

Yunina Barbour-Payne

Theatre and Dance
Curator and Outreach Director – Slavery on Stage

Yunina Barbour-Payne is a scholar, artist and educator whose work straddles performance, Africana and Appalachian Studies. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Performance as Public Practice program.

Briana Barner

Social Media Manager – Center for Women and Gender Studies

Briana Barner is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Radio-TV-Film. Her research is on the performance of Blackness and marginalization in podcasts and she works with Professor S. Craig Watkins.

Kelsey Bergeson

Spanish and Portuguese
Graduate Media Consultant – Texas Career Engagement

Kelsey Bergeson is a doctoral student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research is on bilingualism and language contact in the Amazon and Andes regions, and she works with Professor Almeida Jacqueline Toribio.

Alexis Bigelow

Curriculum and Instruction
Curriculum Specialist – Texas Humanities

Alexis Bigelow is a doctoral student in the Curriculum and Instruction Department in the College of Education. Her research examines creative ways elementary-aged Black girls display resistance in and out of school. She works with Professor Dr. Keffrelyn Brown.

Alexandria Cunningham

African and African Diaspora Studies
Digital Project Manager – Artist-Scholar Initiative

Alexandria Cunningham is a doctoral candidate in the department of African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS). She is also a 2019 John Money Fellow for Scholars of Sexology at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Her research explores Black women’s practices of pleasure through striptease, pole dance and sexual entrepreneurial cultures in material and digital spaces with Professor Lisa B. Thompson.

Raymond Hyser

Department of History
Digital Humanities Developer – Not Even Past

Raymond Hyser is a doctoral student in the Department of History. His research focuses on environmental history and the history of science within trans-imperial spaces during the nineteenth century, particularly the agricultural knowledge networks of coffee cultivation between the West Indies and South Asia. He works with Professors Bruce Hunt and Megan Raby.

Lauren Lluveras

African and African Diaspora Studies
Collections Manager – Black Diaspora Archive, UT Libraries

Lauren Lluveras is a doctoral student in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. Her research is about the political uses of West African rituals in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and particularly the religious materiality of Creolized syncretic faiths. Lauren works with Professors Mónica Jiménez and Lyndon Gill.

Christopher Ndubuizu

African and African Diaspora Studies
Graduate Industry Consultant – Texas Career Engagement

Christopher Ndubuizu is a doctoral student in the department of African and African Diaspora Studies. His research is on the racialization African migrant communities in the United States and works with Dr. Afolabi.

Nnenna Odim

Curriculum and Instruction
Public Programming and Community Outreach Coordinator – Center for Women and Gender Studies

Nnenna Odim is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Early Childhood Education. Her relationship with young children and research are rooted in a deep affection for how children reinforce multiple ways of knowing. Joining her (im)migration background with U.S. state policy experience, she examines global threads among families, educators, and the archive as they support young children and their families.

Iana Whalen Robitaille

Digital Scholarship Editor – Bob Bullock Museum

Iana Whalen Robitaille is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of English. Her research focuses on 20th and 21st century literature and culture, critical migration studies, postcolonial literature and theory, transnational feminisms, and human rights. Prior to beginning graduate study in Austin, she worked in publishing and nonprofit museum development in New York City. After completing her degree, she hopes to pursue work developing civic and public partnerships in the humanities across higher-education and cultural institutions.

Brett Siegel

Graduate Media Consultant – Texas Career Engagement

Brett Siegel is a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant in the Department of Radio-Television-Film. He received his M.A. in critical studies from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and his M.L.I.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies. His research focuses on the intersections of power, politics, and identity in American sports media and works with Dr. Jennifer McClearen and Dr. Michael Butterworth.

Bahar Tahamtani

American Studies
Curatorial Assistant – Harry Ransom Center

Bahar Tahamtani is a doctoral student in the Department of American Studies. Her research centers on representations of violence, with a focus specifically on how violence is imagined and reimagined in American culture.

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If you have any questions about Ph.D. Career Pathways Fellowship, please contact Annie Maxfield.

Meet the Ph.D. Career Pathways Team

Annie Maxfield
Director, Graduate Career & Professional Development
Texas Career Engagement

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