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Digital Scholarship Summer Graduate Internships

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Digital Scholarship Graduate Internships are summer term paid positions ($20/hour) within the University Library System’s Digital Scholarship Services (DSS). In this program, the Graduate Interns will gain experience in the skills of contemporary digital scholarship, contribute to a digital project hosted by or affiliated with the library, and will make a public presentation of their work. As time permits, the Graduate Interns will also have opportunities to work with faculty and students as part of the library’s Digital Scholarship Services. Blending work experience and professional development, Digital Scholarship Graduate Internships are intended to prepare students for success in digitally-inflected scholarly careers, both in the academy and beyond.


Graduate Interns commit to work on site, in the DSS office within Hillman Library, between 10-20 hours a week during the 12 weeks of the summer term. The internship will be planned in cooperation between each Graduate Intern and the Digital Scholarship Librarian and will match the Graduate Intern with an existing digital scholarship project based on interest, need, and available resources. The scope of the project work during the internship will include scholarly engagement with the project, and may result in the preparation of a deliverable which may be made public. The Graduate Interns will present their work publicly at the end of the internship. Graduate Interns working on library-affiliated projects will receive public credit and recognition as contributors to these projects. During the course of the internship, DSS staff will provide Graduate Interns with individual or small-group training on foundational digital scholarship skills, such as: 

  • Digital project management and collaboration tools
  • Basics of copyright and licensing, principles of open scholarship
  • Basics of data formats and modeling (e.g. structured/unstructured; tabular/hierarchical)
  • Obtaining and organizing data/digital material for study
  • Digitization and Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
  • Website creation and personal portfolio development
  • Critical and ethical perspectives on Digital Scholarship

Based on specific project work, each Graduate Intern will also continue training, both directed and self-guided, on areas of specialization. These may include:

  • Text analysis
  • Network modeling and analysis
  • Data Visualization
  • Advanced data modeling, database design and querying
  • Spatial analysis and GIS • 3D modeling and virtual reality environments
  • Digital exhibits and storytelling
  • Coding, scripting, and computational workflows
  • Data stewardship and forensics

Sample Projects and Supporting Resources

Sample Projects

  • How to accommodate objects containing interactive components, code, multimedia, etc., in D-Scholarship@Pitt, the University’s institutional repository
  • Contemporary Chinese Village Data Project, East Asian Library
  • Stephen Foster Digital Library, Center for American Music
  • Designing for interactive displays of digital scholarship in renovated Hillman Library
  • Visualizations of ULS Digital Collections content
  • ULS implementation of Collections as Data

Supporting Resources

Digital Stewardship Lab

  • 3D scanner
  • High-quality large format overhead scanner
  • ABBYY FineReader OCR Workstation

Open Lab

  • Virtual Reality workstations and applications
  • 3D printer
  • 360-degree video

ULS Digital Collections and Repositories


  • Graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Completed at least two full semesters of graduate coursework
  • Must be able to commit to work on site, in the DSS office within Hillman Library, between 10-20 hours a week during the 12 weeks of the summer term
  • May not hold any other university employment during the summer term
  • No prior digital scholarship experience required
  • Complete Digital Scholarship Summer Graduate Internship application

Hourly rate

$20/hour, 10-20 hours per week for the 12 weeks of the summer term

Application Instructions


  • CV
  • Application questions

Application questions

Please answer the following questions (250-500 words each).

  • Describe your research interests, including topics, methods, and approaches.
  • Describe how you interact with and use digital tools or methods as a scholar or hobbyist. Alternatively, you can describe what you’d like to learn about using digital tools or methods.
  • Describe how you might apply what you learn as a Digital Scholarship Graduate Intern to your own research.

Application deadline

April 10, 2019

Further information

If you have any questions, please contact the Digital Scholarship Librarian, Gesina Phillips, at


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