Apply to be a 2020 Digital Scholarship Summer Fellow

Posted February 7th, 2020 at 2:30 pm.

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The Digital Scholarship Summer Fellows program is a paid, full-time summer internship opportunity for Bryn Mawr students to learn digital research and publication methods and gain professional experience by collaborating on a public-facing digital scholarship project. Over the course of ten weeks (June 1 through August 7, 2020), fellows explore key issues and methods in digital scholarship, critical making, and multi-modal research through a combination of hands-on work, instruction, and discussion. Fellows will also have opportunities to visit local cultural heritage institutions, attend and present at conferences, create a personal digital portfolio, and learn about careers in libraries, museums, and digital media and research.

The 2020 cohort will work on “’24, ’31 Students Study Race,” an archival project about two conferences on race that Bryn Mawr students co-organized in the early-twentieth century. The 1924 conference was a three-day event co-organized by students at Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and Penn and held on Swarthmore’s campus. Students—black and white, male and female—from other institutions attended, exchanged ideas, and socialized with one another. The 1931 conference, a one-day event, was organized by Bryn Mawr students and held on Bryn Mawr’s campus. The event featured many prominent speakers of color, including Walter White, head of the NAACP, Alice Dunbar Nelson, poet and member of the Interracial Committee of the Society of Friends, and W. E. B. Du Bois, editor of The Crisis. Throughout the summer, the fellows will work with the program and project directors to design and produce a public-facing website (likely including digital exhibits, maps, data visualizations and other forms of digital scholarship) about these conferences.

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All students are welcome to apply, regardless of major or experience with digital scholarship. We particularly encourage applications from African American, Latinx, and Native American students, as well as students from other underrepresented groups.

Through project work, fellows will build familiarity with:

  • Methods for representing historical artifacts and materials, including digital exhibitions
  • Mapping, GIS, and geospatial analysis
  • Project management
  • Archival research
  • Web publishing and digital content management
  • Data management and visualization
  • Digital research methods for the humanities and social sciences

Successful applicants will possess:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Interest in any of the following: digital scholarship, the history of social and racial justice, archival research, Bryn Mawr College history, or other areas relevant to the project
  • Commitment to learning and experimenting with digital tools and methods
  • Desire to apply digital scholarship skills to future research, creative, or professional projects
  • Ability to work with a team and take direction
  • Ability to work independently with initiative and resilience
  • Ability to consistently arrive on time and work from 9-5 Monday through Friday

Please contact Alice McGrath with any questions. Review of applications will begin Monday, March 2, and continue until all positions are filled.

See past cohorts and projects

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