Current openings for Northeastern student workers, in the DSG or its related projects, are listed below. Please refer to our internships page for more ways to get involved as a student.
Position Openings: Women Writers Project
The Women Writers Project, a long-standing research and publication project with an international reputation for leadership in the digital humanities, has several job openings for the upcoming academic year.
Research assistants can specialize in one area or can work on several different aspects of the project, depending on time and interests. Specific roles include work on the online editing and publication of Women Writers in Context (a collection of scholarly explorations of women’s writing), participation in the transcription and encoding of texts for Women Writers Online, and contributions to specific research projects on intertextuality, women as readers, and the identification of gender in specific textual forms such as drama and the novel. Assistants will have the opportunity to learn about text encoding and digital publication tools (including expertise in TEI and XML) but there are also many tasks that do not require in-depth encoding knowledge. All work on the project will be of interest to those who wish to gain research experience with early women’s writing, pre-Victorian literary cultures, transatlantic textual circulations, and practices of citation and review.
The ideal candidate for WWP positions is highly organized and extremely attentive to detail (particularly to the details of written texts), works well independently, absorbs new information quickly, and is excited about working on a scholarly project that involves multiple aspects of women’s writing, early literature, the history of the book, and digital humanities.
Prior experience with XML and TEI is helpful but not required. Familiarity with early women’s writing is helpful but not required, depending on specific job emphasis.
Funding for some positions is contingent upon work study, but we encourage any students interested in working for the WWP contact us, regardless of work-study status, and inquire about opportunities to get involved with the WWP.
To apply for any of these positions, please send a CV and a brief description of your skills and interests as they relate to the position to WWP@northeastern.edu. For more information, please feel free to email us at that address as well.
WWP Outreach Coordinator (Work study)
This work-study position entails coordinating outreach for the WWP’s activities, with a particular focus on the Intertextual Networks project. Responsibilities will include: coordinating the publication of blog posts written by the Intertextual Networks project’s research collaborators, authoring blog posts on Intertextual Networks as well as other WWP activities, participating in discussions on encoding and research, and sharing the WWP’s work in other outlets, such as Twitter and the WWP website. The position will also involve learning how to encode primary sources and conducting research into the topics that are the subject of Intertextual Networks—early women’s writing, citation and quotation practices, publication and textual circulation prior to 1850, and others.
The Outreach Coordinator position has the potential to include a range of digital archive-building activities: digitization of documents and other archival objects, authoring of metadata, and creation of online exhibits. The position will also involve outreach related to the WWP’s upcoming 30-year anniversary, including the creation of web materials related to the WWP’s history and assistance with the production of a brief documentary about the WWP.
WWP Research Assistant (Work study)
The Women Writers Project is seeking work-study research assistant to help us as we build a digital collection of early women’s writing. We are looking for people to research texts and authors, edit and annotate scholarly essays, and collaborate on a range of other research activities.
Research assistants will have the opportunity to participate in several WWP initiatives, including Women Writers Online, a growing digital collection of literary and historical documents used by libraries and scholars around the world; the Women Writers in Context experimental publication platform; and the Cultures of Reception project, which explores the critical reception of texts in WWO.
Work on the Cultures of Reception project will involve assessing the relevance of literary reviews; transcribing reviews; and discovering new source material for inclusion. Work on Women Writers in Context will entail performing research into persons and events significant in early print culture and the opportunity to participate in editing scholarly exhibits for publication. We also anticipate the need for a variety of other research opportunities, including historical and archival research for the texts published in WWO. WWO encoders will gain practical, hands-on experience with many aspects of modern digital publishing including a deep knowledge of the TEI, and will also have the opportunity to work closely with WWP staff on a variety of special projects that provide advanced digital humanities skills.