The Historical Society of Pennsylvania plans to launch a new digital history project, “Preserving American Freedom,” in early 2013. Drawing on HSP’s rich collections, the project will illuminate the diverse ways that Americans have conceptualized and fought for their freedoms from the 17th century to the present day by selecting 50 documents for preservation and digitization and publication online alongside XML-encoded transcriptions, annotations, and contextual materials, including scholarly essays and resources for educators.
Interns are needed to help research the people, organizations, and events associated with these significant documents—as well as to help uncover the backgrounds of the documents themselves—and to write annotations, descriptions, and biographies that will be published as part of this online exhibit.
Candidates must be able to conduct scholarly and archival research, delve into topics ranging across numerous time periods and topics, and write clear and concise prose that will be accessible to different audiences. A background and/or interest in digital publishing is preferred, although not strictly necessary.
10–15 hours a week (flexible schedule), beginning in early September and continuing at least three months.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Rachel Moloshok, Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Successful candidates must also visit HSP for an interview and pass a background check.
Deadline: Applications for fall internships due August 12.
Please note that this is an unpaid opportunity, but HSP is happy to work with intern(s) pursuing course credit.