In addition to a substantial contributing role to a DSG project or research, internships offer opportunities to develop students’ scholarly work in the form of presentations or coauthored publications, as well as access to direct mentorship by expert researchers in digital humanities. Working closely with DSG staff, students will gain hands-on experience in creating digital projects as well as the chance to develop project management skills, work in a collaborative environment and add to their portfolio. These internships typically are unpaid, require a commitment of 10 hours per week and may be sustained over a semester or two.
Project work could take many forms and can be shaped by student interests and skills. For example, students might work on developing exhibit narratives, developing contextual information around digital objects, contributing to digital archiving projects, doing research on best practices in digital scholarship, or georectifying historical maps to include contemporary data. As an intern, you might craft an exhibit for the Catskills Institute; design a website for the Early Black Boston Digital Almanac; ingest historic objects into the digital repository for the Boston Latino/a Archive, complete with metadata; or do research to implement best practices for accessibility in online exhibits. If you have an idea for an internship project involving the DSG, we’d love to hear it!
Students will also write a blog post for the DSG’s website, sharing their work and reflecting on their experience.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Amanda Rust.
Early Black Boston Digital Almanac
Students will work on a National Park Service-funded effort to restore the digital presence of the Boston Middle Passage website. This project is affiliated with the Museum of African American History on Boston and the national Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project which works with local cities and towns to document and mark the sites of the transatlantic slave trade. This Boston Middle Passage site will find a new digital home on Northeastern’s Early Black Boston Digital Almanac, a DSG project.
- Training on CERES, Northeastern’s WordPress-based digital publishing toolkit
- Planning design and structure of the information displayed within the EBBDA site
- Transferring digital files, including text and images, into new site
- Organizing items into essays, exhibits and interactives with an eye for public consumption
- Designing page layout for exhibits
The student should be organized, responsible and open to learning new technologies, as well as interested in history, public history, digital storytelling, user experience or web design. Experience with WordPress is preferred.
Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections
Students will use the CERES Toolkit, WordPress, digitization best practices and archival skills to create exhibits from the items in the Northeastern University archives and recreate obsolete exhibits from the past. In addition, students may assist with creating or editing Wikipedia entries with information revealed by the archived items; reaching out to communities or community organizations; and writing blog posts about their work.
- Training on CERES, a WordPress toolkit
- Scanning and ingesting images, documents and objects
- Identifying material for exhibits
- Creating interpretive content
- Building exhibits
Subjects of the exhibits may include the history of racial equity in Boston; school desegregation in Boston; local anniversaries; and other stories pulled from the archive which contains collections pertaining to the university, the surrounding neighborhood, Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, and Boston social justice.
The student should be organized, responsible and open to learning new technologies, as well as interested in history, public history, archives or digitization. Experience with WordPress and video production is a plus.