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Information Session: Summer 2022 Internships at Ithaka S+R

Ithaka S+R is a not-for profit research and strategic advisory firm that provides guidance to help academic and cultural communities serve the public good and navigate economic, technological, and demographic change. They are currently recruiting for their summer 2022 intern cohort.  You can read more about being an intern at Ithaka in this blog post by the summer 2021 interns. (You can also read about the experiences of three GC students who interned in summer 2020 on the PublicsLab blog.)

In this information session, representatives from Ithaka S+R will provide an overview of their work, discuss opportunities to join their team, and answer questions about what it’s like to work at Ithaka S+R. Employer information sessions are a great opportunity to meet company representatives and ask any questions you might have about their organization or application process.


Tuesday, February 1, 2022
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

Virtual Zoom Session



Colette Johnson is director of strategic initiatives at Ithaka S+R. She provides leadership and support for mission-critical strategic projects. Colette received her PhD in English from Princeton University and holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Art History from the University of California, Irvine. She also manages the Ithaka S+R summer internship program.

Kurtis Tanaka, PhD, is program manager for justice initiatives at Ithaka S+R, where he has led numerous projects on increasing access to and the quality of higher education opportunities in US prisons. His work is broadly framed around the question of how people access information, through this lens exploring the role of technology in higher education in prisons and the impact of Departments of Corrections’ media review policies, censorship, self-censorship, and digital surveillance on educational quality. Beyond higher education in prisons, Kurtis works with academic libraries, publishers, and museums to help them better serve their users and communities. Kurtis holds a bachelor’s degree in classical languages from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in the art and archaeology of the Mediterranean world from the University of Pennsylvania.

James Dean Ward is a senior researcher at Ithaka S+R on the Educational Transformation team. His work focuses on higher education policy and finance. James earned a BA in economics and history from Cornell University and a PhD in higher education policy from the University of Southern California. Prior to Ithaka S+R, James was a postdoc research fellow at University of Southern California, worked with two higher education consulting firms, conducted policy and finance research for NACUBO, and was an institutional researcher at Harvard University.