HDS Office of Communications

Rockefeller Hall, Third Floor
47 Francis Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617/496-0605
Web address: http://bulletin.hds.harvard.edu
Email: wmcdowell@hds.harvard.edu

Contact Person:

Wendy McDowell

Organization Description:

Harvard Divinity Bulletin is a magazine aimed at a general audience interested in topics of religion. The current magazine provides a nonsectarian review of religion, attentive to contemporary realities, that has appeal both within and beyond the academy. The Bulletin is received by more than 10,000 people around the world, including Harvard Divinity School alumni, friends, staff, faculty, and students, and members of the general public. In 2013, the Bulletin received the “Magazine of the Year” award from the Religion Newswriters Association for “overall excellence in religion coverage.”

The magazine is organized into three main sections: Dialogue (4-5 opinion and shorter reflection pieces per issue); Features (4-5 longer papers/essays on a vast array of topics); and In Review (4-5 reviews of books/film/theatre/art/music and occasionally Q&As with authors). Also included in each issue are poetry (or poetry translations) from 2-3 contemporary poets; letters; a “syllabus” section of readings from a selected HDS course offering; and a “Perspective” column written by the editor.

Read more about the history and mission of the Bulletin at the website’s “About” section.

The Bulletin is an integral part of the HDS Communications Office, whose work is to support the School in promoting world-class scholarship, teaching and religious literacy. We help HDS use its religious scholarship to help build a world in which people can live and work together across religious and cultural divides. We do this by creating high-quality print and online content that reports and reflects the work of HDS’s faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends. Communications also works with news media and other key outside constituencies to advance the School’s mission and strategic priorities in the wider world.

Opportunities for Student Involvement:

Field education students will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of Bulletin editorial work, but the primary responsibility will be as an online content editor for an expanded and re-envisioned online magazine. Among the experiences included in the internship:

  • Brainstorming ideas for themes, topics, and pieces for online magazine
  • Soliciting articles and working with authors (including HDS faculty) for both print and online publishing
  • Helping with developmental and line editing of submitted articles
  • Supervising day-to-day operations of the online Bulletin, including soliciting contributions, editing and posting content under the supervision of the editor and other members of the Communications team
  • Working with members of the Communications team to research relevant blogs, podcasts, social media and other content for use in the online Bulletin
  • Working with the graphic designer on art research and graphics for online pieces
  • Monitoring reader comments and posting them online
  • Reading and responding to unsolicited poetry submissions
  • Helping to distribute the Bulletin on campus and to those who request it
  • Administrative duties as needed, including: preparing contracts, replying to permissions requests, monitoring the Bulletin’s email account, contacting publishers for review copies.

This position will allow a student to gain editorial experience with nontechnical, general articles and content about religious life and scholarship in a religiously complex world. The student will be involved in researching and exploring traditional as well as new, interactive forms of ministry, chaplaincy, and spiritual engagement.

Commute/Transportation Information:

Located in Rockefeller Hall on the HDS campus.

Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:

  • Administration and Program Development
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development


One hour per week. Wendy McDowell is Senior Editor.

Additional Information:

  • Number of Students: 1
  • Total Compensation: $6000.00
  • Type of Compensation: Work Study
  • Additional Notes: If you are not work study eligible, please inquire about being paid directly.

    This site is unavailable for 2020-21.

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