Research and Data Intern
Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, DC (work is remote)
Alexandra Lohse and Emil Kerenji
Description of the Intern’s Role
Note: this internship requires German language skills. Due to the specific language skills, depending on the student’s schedule, the internship can take place either during the fall 2022 term or winter 2023 term. Please indicate in your cover letter which semester you are interested in.
Over the last two decades, the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies has published the ground-breaking Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, documenting tens of thousands of sites of persecution and murder during World War II. The last volume of the encyclopedia will contain a digital database of forced labor sites in the greater German Reich. The Mandel Center is currently developing a controlled crowdsourcing process for populating the database. The interns will help the Mandel Center soft-launch this process, which is key to the successful implementation of the crowdsourcing project.
Under supervision of the Mandel Center staff, the interns will survey primary and secondary sources on forced labor in Nazi Germany provided in advance; analyze the sources critically, and generate from them spatial, temporal, and other data required by the supervisors, enter the generated data into the Mandel Center database, reflect on their experience and provide regular feedback to the supervisors; and present their work to museum staff. The supervisors are also open to helping the interns conceptualize, individually or in collaboration with others, a limited digital humanities project to represent the data entered into the database.
The interns will have an opportunity to perform results-oriented work in collaboration with a public-facing institution, as part of a cutting-edge, collaborative project supervised by leading experts in the field. They will also have the opportunity for professional and personal growth, as well as for networking and developing career skills.
The interns will be doctoral students in any discipline in the humanities or social sciences; they will have a reasonable grasp (i.e., at the level of an interested educated member of the general public) of the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust; they will have the reading proficiency of German; they will be interested in analyzing primary and secondary sources in German; they will be attentive to detail; interest in digital humanities and public history is welcome.
Note: Due to the specific language skills required for this internship, depending on the student’s schedule, the internship can take place either during Fall 2022 Term or Winter 2023 Term. Please indicate in your cover letter which semester you are interested in.
The internship will not exceed 20 hours per week, over the period of one University of Michigan academic semester. They will perform their work remotely. Work will commence in the winter 2022 semester.
About the Organization
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America’s national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country’s memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.
The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Jews were the primary victims—six million were murdered; Roma, people with disabilities and Poles were also targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons. Millions more, including gay men, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war, and political dissidents, also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi tyranny.
The museum’s primary mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy; to preserve the memory of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to reflect upon the moral and spiritual questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy.
Chartered by a unanimous Act of Congress in 1980 and located adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, DC, the museum strives to broaden public understanding of the history of the Holocaust through multifaceted programs: exhibitions, research and publication, collecting and preserving material evidence, art and artifacts related to the Holocaust, annual Holocaust commemorations known as Days of Remembrance, distribution of education materials and teacher resources, and a variety of public programming designed to enhance understanding of the Holocaust and related issues, including those of contemporary significance.