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Historical Research, Data Analysis, and Scholarly Communications Internships




New York (Remote)


Will be determined during the interview process based on specific project.

Description of Internship Project and Intern’s Role and Responsibilities

Students should identify in their cover letter which of the internship projects below they are interested in.

Ithaka S+R helps academic and cultural communities serve the public good and navigate economic, technological, and demographic change. Our work has been instrumental in helping leaders in higher education learn from rigorous and well-designed research studies and adapt to new realities and opportunities. As an Ithaka S+R intern, you will work collaboratively on projects that help shape the national postsecondary educational landscape and improve the lives of students and other key stakeholders in higher education.

JSTOR Daily, an online magazine that provides scholarly context for news and current events to more than six million readers a year, is looking for a web-savvy, detail-oriented intern to join our marketing team. JSTOR Daily highlights the research and other content on JSTOR and Artstor, our platforms that make academic journals, books, documents, images, and other primary source materials available to millions of learners around the world. As an intern with JSTOR Daily, you’ll be supporting the success of our free publication that ties news to scholarship.

Reveal Digital is devoted to publishing open access primary source collections that uncover hidden, alternative, radical, and often challenging voices. Reveal Digital is working to complete the four primary source collections in its strategic fund, Diversity & Dissent (examples of collections in progress include American Prison Newspapers and Student Activism). As a Reveal Digital intern, you will have an opportunity to conduct historical research to identify possible primary source materials to add to the collection, using your own expertise and specific suggestions and guidance from the scholarly community.

The goals of the internships are:

  • To participate in a unique learning experience and address critical challenges in higher education, scholarly communications, and publishing
  • To develop a broader knowledge of ITHAKA’s work through exposure to and active participation in discussions beyond the scope of the intern’s specific project
  • To collaborate with ITHAKA colleagues to produce specific deliverables
  • To present work accomplished during the internship to showcase skills learned. Interns will support one or more projects. Internship project components and deliverables will be defined in collaboration with selected candidates

Potential tasks may include:

Ithaka S+R

  • Contributing to the development of new projects (e.g., scoping, background research, instrument design)
  • Participating in data collection (e.g., literature reviews, desk research, interviewing, etc.)
  • Conducting data analysis
  • Developing reports, memos, blog posts, and/or other research outputs


  • Contributing to the publication of new stories (e.g., image research, story ideation, editing, production in WordPress)
  • Helping to promote new and existing stories (e.g., developing content for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram)
  • Cultivating our reader community by responding to reader mail, helping to manage our social media accounts, updating our homepage based on trending news topics, and more

Reveal Digital

  • Building upon existing lists of candidate primary sources, conduct historical research to identify possible additional candidates to add to the collection and record basic research on each
  • Creating written descriptions for publications as needed
  • Working closely with the senior editor and other team members to identify and contact possible source institutions or copyright holders to invite them to contribute under Reveal Digital’s model
  • Identifying experts with subject matter expertise to contribute to developing Reveal Digital’s collection and seeking input from them as informal advisors

Experience and Skills

Any combination of professional experience, volunteer work, coursework, and other transferable skills may be applied toward these qualifications.

  • Pursuing a Ph.D. in a field that requires strong writing, communication, and problem solving (preferred). Some roles with Ithaka S+R may also involve quantitative and policy analysis
  • Strong interest in solving challenges in higher education and creating connections for scholars
  • Comfort working with quantitative and/or qualitative data
  • Superior writing, communications, and interpersonal skills
  • Highly effective in communication with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, while ensuring acute attention to detail and accuracy
  • Demonstrated ability to translate complex concepts and/or research data into compelling, accessible, and well-written reports, articles, or engaging presentations
  • Enthusiasm for learning new skills
  • Ability to work in our open, collaborative, and team-oriented culture

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

Full-time (35 to 40 hours per week) or part-time internship (20 hours per week)
Start date: Flexible, after May 3
End date: Flexible, by August 19


$5,000 or $10,000 depending on part-time or full-time duration of internship decided upon during selection process.

About the Organization

ITHAKA’s mission is to expand access to knowledge and education around the world. Our services—Artstor, JSTOR, Portico, and Ithaka S+R—enable people everywhere to learn, to grow, and to overcome historical barriers to education. In carrying out our mission, we feel a deep responsibility to each other and our well-being, and are committed to building and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.
We are committed to our organizational values of belonging, evidence, speed, teamwork, and trust. We take inclusion seriously. Belonging is one of our core values, and it shows in our vibrant culture. People from a wide range of backgrounds work at ITHAKA, and we believe that unique perspectives help us realize new insights and build better solutions.

We want to work with people who are passionate about ideas like these and who wish to contribute their perspectives and talents to ITHAKA’s mission. We enthusiastically welcome applications from people of all underrepresented backgrounds and credentials. We want to hear your story and include your perspective in the transformative work we aim to do.


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