Internships

The concrete goals of the project are (1) to create a model internship for graduate students of library and information science at digital humanities centers that may influence the fields of information science, library science, and digital humanities; (2) to disseminate information about the model and promote its utility widely; and (3) to generate a digital humanities syllabus that one or more of the iSchool faculty participating in the project will teach to LIS students in the third year of the grant. The digital humanities centers that will host graduate student interns are as follows: Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland College Park; Centre for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences (MATRIX) at Michigan State University; and the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Our plan of work involves several steps, envisioned as follows:

Faculty from the three iSchools (Maryland, Michigan, and UT Austin) and the leadership of the three digital humanities centers (MITH, MATRIX, CDRH) will meet early in the grant period to prepare detailed descriptions of internship opportunities in the context of recommendations in the ACLS cyberinfrastructure report. The centers will draft a call for interns based on this discussion. Internship opportunities will be promoted heavily by faculty in the iSchools. Applicants will prepare a cover letter outlining their interests in digital humanities and digital libraries, curriculum vitae, 2 references from faculty in their graduate program, and placement preferences in ranked order. The first applications will be due by 1 January 2009, and internships will begin during the 2009 summer session.

Internship activities will give graduate students many opportunities for developing their skills and their understanding of digital scholarship and digital libraries. A reading list will be provided to all interns (see Appendix for examples). Residential interns will be expected to participate in research teams or study groups at the centers in addition to fulfilling the terms of the internship. Students will be encouraged to participate in student-to-student opportunities in order to build a community of interns with experience and an intellectual engagement in digital humanities and digital libraries. Terms will include:

  • learning and deeply applying one or more metadata schemas and XML markup;
  • contributing to a research study in the digital humanities center under the supervision of a member
    of the center’s faculty, which may include such activities as development of an open source
    software tool for humanities scholars or digital libraries, creation of an open source index or
    enhancement of an open source product for library or humanities research applications, locating
    and resolving complicated metadata problems such as those resulting from conversion of legacy
    databases with irregular field data to SQL, initiating a research project that furthers the ACLS
    cyberinfrastructure in the humanities recommendations in some way, or assisting in developing
    information architectural underpinnings for new digital humanities and/or digital libraries projects.

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