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Matrix: Digital Humanities and Social Science Center (Michigan State University)


East Lansing, MI (remote)


Dean Rehberger and Catherine Foley

Description of Roles and Responsibilities

We have a large ongoing project, Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade The project description can be found on the site along with the associated Journal of Slavery & Data Preservation. Within the project are a whole host of possible summer internship possibilities from working on narratives about the enslaved, to working on data and digital infrastructure issues, to assisting with scholarly publishing (among many other possibilities). One’s expertise does not need to be historical slavery or digital humanities, but willingness to learn and experience.

Time Commitment and Stipend

As a center we are highly flexible and will allow students to establish their own schedule in terms of days and dates (times should be within the frame of normal business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). The student, of course, should fulfill within the flexibility, the time commitment of the internship.

Start date: TBD in consultation with student
End date: TBD in consultation with student
Three days per week for 8 to 12 weeks
Stipend: $3,840 to $5,760

About the Organization

Founded in 1994, Matrix: Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences is an internationally recognized and respected research center at Michigan State University. We work with museums, libraries, archives, and world heritage sites to digitize, preserve, and provide access to collections of cultural and historical materials. We collaborate with scholars, practitioners, educators, institutions, and local community members to create tools and digital experiences that engage researchers, students, and the public in critical questions about our collective past, culture, and heritage. We leverage, adapt, and build software and services that enable meaningful analysis and interpretation of cultural and historical data and content in new and innovative ways. We work to build digital skills and capacity among students and scholars, as well as critical technical infrastructures for communities and institutions. While we have a long history of working with a diverse array of partners, we have a deep commitment to working with African scholars and institutions on projects relating to African history and culture.

We embrace thoughtful openness, prize meaningful research and learning, value public and community engagement, and are deeply committed to equitable collaboration and social justice. Our work seeks to transform the human experience by enabling innovative research, preserving endangered cultural heritage, and providing broad public access to cultural and historical materials.