The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has a new opportunity for an intern interested in gaining hands-on experience in the development of a digital history project. HSP’s William Still Digital History Project will weave new connections between the manuscript journal and published book of William Still, known as the “Father of the Underground Railroad.” This effort will provide extraordinary insight into the experiences of enslaved individuals and families who passed through Philadelphia between 1852 and 1857 and the covert networks that aided their escape. You can learn more at www.hsp.org/william-still.
This fall, we’re seeking an intern to join our team as we develop a prototype for an interactive web site that presents transcripts and digital facsimiles of Still’s manuscript journal and published book, carefully researched biographies for a cross-section of people mentioned in Still’s works, and other contextual annotation and materials. The intern will gain experience in creating web content, using a Drupal content management system, preparing basic XML text encoding, and more.
The intern’s work plan will be crafted to meet his or her educational goals, but could include:
- Creating, compiling, and/or updating content for HSP’s web site. Tasks could include editing text, researching assigned historical topics, helping to create a brief video about a topic related to the project, looking for images in HSP’s collections, and more.
- Helping to compile encyclopedia of places mentioned in William Still’s writings, including geocoordinates needed for digital mapping.
- Other tasks as needed.
- Strong historical research, project management, and computer skills
- Ability to write well for different audiences
- Willingness to learn basic XML encoding
At least 8-10 hours a week, flexible
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Dana Dorman, Project Manager of the William Still Digital History Project, 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 21.
Please note that this is an unpaid opportunity, but HSP is happy to work with intern(s) pursuing course credit.
Project Manager, William Still Digital History Project
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tel: 215-732-6200 ext. 252