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Digital Humanities Research and Project Management Internship


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


East Lansing, MI (remote, in-person, or hybrid work)


Dean Rehberger and Catherine Foley

Description of Internship Project and Intern’s Role and Responsibilities

We have a large ongoing project, Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade. A project description can be found on the site along with the associated Journal of Slavery and 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 area of expertise does not need to be historical slavery or digital humanities, but willingness to learn and experience is required.

Time commitment (i.e., schedule, days per week needed)

Part-time internship (20 hours/week), can seek full time (35-40 hours)
Start Date: On or after May 3, flexible
End date: Flexible, by August 19
Schedule: flexible, but must attend (virtual or in person weekly staff meetings and project meetings)


$5,000 or $10,000 depending upon time commitment selected above.

About the Organization

Founded in 1997, 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.