Office of the Executive Director (MLA) Social Impact Fellow

Fellowship Description

Reporting principally to the MLA’s executive director, the Fellow will assist staff members in the office of the executive director with a variety of projects. The Fellow will support the association’s mission by assisting with preparations for governance-related activities of the association including the annual elections and meetings of the association’s governance bodies, including the Executive Council, Delegate Assembly, and Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee. In addition, the Fellow will assist with compiling data, researching trends, enrollments, and other issues affecting higher education and the humanities.

Candidates should possess strong organizational, writing, proofreading, research, and interpersonal skills. Attention to detail is essential. Proficiency with Google Suite (Google Docs and Google Sheets) is required, and basic familiarity with data gathering and analysis techniques is a plus, as is familiarity with Microsoft Access and Excel. Particular attention will be paid to candidates with a demonstrated interest in the humanities and nonprofit organizational management.

The Modern Language Association (MLA) seeks a graduate Fellow to work on governance and related projects for the period from September to May 2023. The Fellow will work remotely, with the option to work onsite at the MLA’s offices. 

The goals of this fellowship include:

  • Gaining experience in association governance and management
  • Learning about the nonprofit membership association structure
  • Participating in and contributing to initiatives in development, advocacy, and other areas of association management.


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The Modern Language Association, based in New York City, is one of the world's largest scholarly associations, with approximately 20,000 members in nearly 100 countries. The MLA promotes the study and teaching of languages and literatures through its programs, publications, annual convention, and advocacy work. The organization sustains a wide-ranging print and electronic publishing program that includes books, journals, style guides, and international bibliography. The MLA is a leader in supporting the humanities within and outside academia. Diversity, inclusion, and workplace equity are at the core of our culture, policies, and practices.

SIF Mentor

Paula Krebs
Executive Director, Modern Language Association
GradFUTURES Forum Speaker

Paula M. Krebs is the Executive Director of the Modern Language Association, the largest scholarly organization in the humanities, with 24,000 members from more than 100 countries. Her role includes national advocacy work for the humanities and humanities education. She has written on higher education and humanities issues for the Chronicle of…

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Kellie G. Abbott
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