Tri-Co DH Summer ’14 Internships

Deadline : February 28, 2014 *
Send application to Jen Rajchel at
Summer Interns Announced : March 15, 2014
Announcements have been moved to March 29, 2014. 

We welcome undergraduates of all disciplines and interests to apply to the Tri-Co DH summer funding opportunities. We recognize that applicants will have a range of skills from disciplinary expertise to coding knowledge and encourage all to apply. Funding will be commensurate with summer earnings expectations.

How to Apply for Tri-Co DH Summer Opportunity?

The application for a Tri-Co DH summer opportunity is a one page personal statement that synthesizes past course and work experience with the intellectual goals of the internship, assistantship, or fellowship. The personal statement (no more than 1,000 words)  should clearly state the opportunities that are of interest. It should also list the name and email of faculty who can be contacted for reference. (If for summer fellowship, include the faculty member who has signed on to advise the research.)

Please also include a completed a Tri-Co DH Skills Inventory. We recognize the varied skills and expertise of each applicant. In addition to the skills listed, we invite you to add those not listed. If an internship or assistantship requires prior knowledge of any program, platform or language, it is listed in their description.

Please contact Jen Rajchel at for any questions or for any clarifications.


*please do not contact any internship partner directly, but do check out their exciting work  

Proposing a Project

zavea PhillyHistory.Org |

The intern for Azavea PhillyHistory.Org will be working on The Philadelphia Department of Records has approximately 2 million photographs dating back to 1865. was developed as a resource for the public to search these images by address, neighborhood, keyword, topic, and date ranges. The position would be as part of the PhillyHistory research team that maintains the database and will work closely with staff from Azavea (the software company who built as well as the staff of the Department of the Records. Potential tasks for the position include scanning historic photographs, georeferencing historic maps (using ArcGIS), entering metadata about photos and maps, processing of new photo collections, researching and writing blog entries, and researching information submitted by public users. *This internship is located in Philadelphia. 

Proposing a Project
zavea Summer of Maps |
** To apply for Summer of Maps, please do so directly through the Summer of Maps site and indicate your Tri-Co status.

A Summer of Maps fellowship is a first professional experience for a student learning geographic information systems (GIS) technology at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Each fellow is matched with two non-profit organizations and will implement two data analysis projects over the course of the summer. The student will function as a professional data analyst and will write proposals for their projects, assemble and process data, generate maps and other analytics, and present the results of the analysis. *This internship is located in Philadelphia. 

Proposing a Project

“The Celestial Railroad”: Digital Edition |

An intern will work with Northeastern professor, Ryan Cordell, on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Celestial Railroad”: A Digital Edition would primarily encode editions of Hawthorne’s text that were reprinted in newspapers and magazines, as well as “reception items”—reviews, responses, and other texts that cite Hawthorne’s story. Such encoding would not be simple mechanical work; an intern would be responsible for researching both the texts being encoded and the publications that published them in order to provide scholarly context. Depending on the intern’s expertise, he/she also may have opportunities to develop stylesheets or other elements of the edition’s web interface. An intern will certainly gain experience with XML/TEI encoding and the Juxta Commons Collation tool; other skill development possible depending on student knowledge and aspirations. *Training will be located in Boston and then possibility for remote work. Training travel expenses are included in internship. 

Proposing a Project

Cope-Evans Letter Project |

A Haverford Libraries Digital Scholarship intern will work on the Cope-Evans Letter project will explore a digitized collection of 19th and early 20th century letters between members of prominent Quaker families. The Cope Evans collection has been digitized and described in greater detail than most of the library’s digital collections materials. The digital versions of the letters include geographic metadata about each letter’s origins and places mentioned within, writer and recipient data along with mentioned individuals (many of them identified and referenced in other letters), and topic categories. Because of the richness of the encoding there is a great opportunity to produce data visualizations or manipulations that answer questions of scholarly importance. Possibilities include topic modeling, geographic or social mapping, and text analysis. We would like to leave this somewhat open to the student based on their research interests and disciplinary approach. *This internship is located at Haverford. 

Proposing a Project

Dime Novel Digital Exhibit |

A Haverford Libraries Digital Scholarship intern will work with the collection of American Dime Novels published in the late nineteenth century to create a digital exhibit exploring the literary or historical themes within. The dime novels are rich in material related to race, gender, and popular culture at a time when the American frontier was closing and the US was engaging in imperial behavior in both the American West and abroad. The novels are illustrated, providing a wealth of imagery for a visually engaging digital exhibit. This project would require the student to formulate a research question based on their subject of interest, explore the question using Special Collections materials, digitize relevant interests, and design and develop a digital exhibit. *This internship is located at Haverford. 

Proposing a Project

Early Novels Database (END) |

A DH intern for END could potentially work in a number of areas – experimenting with and developing new uses for our data, extending and and and maintaining our website, etc. We are willing to tailor the specifics of the internship to a strong candidate. The intern will learn how to work productively on an intensive, collaborative, bibliographic project; he or she will have the opportunity to meet people who work in different roles in library, digital humanities, and information science fields; each summer we all pick up a range of skills (last summer, we had workshops in digital humanities topics including TEI markup and topic modeling as well as sessions with rare books librarians specializing in historical research and bibliographic description).*This internship will be located at Penn and Swarthmore; it could involve perhaps a week or so of remote work.

Proposing a Project

Digital Scholarship Toolbox Project |

A Haverford Libraries Digital Scholarship intern will create a digital toolbox in a useful area for the Haverford (or Trico) community. The toolbox might include instructions, models, ideas, and resources designed to help scholars interested in doing digital scholarship make decisions about the tools they can use. Depending on student interest and expertise, toolboxes might include technical tools for the transformation or presentation of data, or may be more focused on modeling decision making.Possible toolboxes could be made for: webmapping; textual analysis; data visualization; designing web exhibits; text encoding. The Digital Scholarship team will work closely with the students to ensure that the toolbox fits into the growing and re-imagined collection of toolboxes we’re building to serve the Haverford faculty and student community as they experiment with and engage with digital tools. *This internship is located at Haverford. 

Proposing a Project

Friendship Album, Digital Edition |

The intern will work with Swarthmore professor, Lara Cohen and collaborate with the Library Company of Philadelphia to produce a digital edition of a friendship album kept by Amy Matilda Cassey, a well-to-do African American woman living in antebellum Philadelphia. Work could vary, depending on the interest from the intern–from doing archival research on the contributors to the album (which included prominent anti-slavery activists such as Frederick Douglass, James McCune Smith, Sarah Mapps Douglass, and William Lloyd Garrison) to designing an interactive map of Cassey’s Philadelphia.

Proposing a Project

The Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education |

The Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education intern will engage with the topics, or topics similar to, student experience during the twentieth century, a particularly rich area for development is that of the political and social turmoil that occurred in the decades following the second World War, including the Civil Rights-era debates of Women’s Liberation, Gay Liberation, the Anti-Apartheid movement, the protests surrounding the Vietnam War. The intern would conduct research in Special Collections on materials telling the stories of student involvement with activist causes on campus and beyond. We envision that they would select and hone in on a particular movement in order to craft a thematically focused digital exhibit similar to those already available on our site. Simultaneously, the intern would be asked to write periodic posts for the Educating Women blog on the processes of archival research and building a digital exhibit, as well as offering reflections on the ways in which research into Bryn Mawr’s activist history sheds new light on their personal student experience and their understanding of the history of the institution within the national political landscape. *This internship is located in Bryn Mawr. 

Proposing a Project

Infectious Texts: Viral Networks in 19th Century Texts |

An intern could contribute in many ways to this large-scale text mining project depending on his or her skills. Students with a computational background could perform experiments applying our text-reuse discovery tool to new corpora. An intern could also research and help annotate the “viral texts” we have uncovered, adding important metadata that will help scholars and students navigate our online database. An inter with backgrounds in GIS or other geospatial platforms could help us begin mapping and comparing the spread of particular texts (we are interested, for instance, whether the genre of “viral texts” shaped to where and how quickly they spread). Finally, a student with web development experience could help us refine the presentation of our online database, making it more comprehensible to scholars, students, and members of the public who wish to browse our results. *Training will be located in Boston and then possibility for remote work. Training travel expenses are included in internship. 

Proposing a Project

Luminary Digital Media |

This intern at Luminary Digital Media will work as a production assistant. As such, she or he would be a full time team member for the design, QA, testing, and implementation of mobile apps for the literature classroom. She or he will contribute to quality assurance (QA) process for a purpose built content management system (CMS) and iOS/Adroid user interfaces: define user requirements; develop and implement test scripts; provide feedback to software development team; validate bug fixes. The production assistant will support all aspects of production of literary content in that CMS: content intake and communication with authors; proofing of scholarly commentaries and preparation and proofing of primary texts, images, and audio. Essential: must be comfortable learning new tools and processes; able to deliver consistently on a deadline; enjoy working in a small team with diverse skills. Must have superior writing, reading, and text preparation skills. *This internship is located in Philadelphia. 

Proposing a Project

Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive  |

This intern will work on the Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive. Our marathon is a crowd-sourced, digital archive of pictures, videos, stories, and social media related to the Boston Marathon bombing. An intern working with this project over summer could work in a variety of areas including, metadata development, public relations and outreach, exhibit creation, and technical/ plugin development.*Training will be located in Boston and then possibility for remote work. Training travel expenses are included in internship. 




Comments are closed.