Digital Scholarship Summer Graduate Internships


Digital Scholarship Summer Graduate Internships are summer term paid graduate student appointments within the University Library System’s Digital Scholarship Services (DSS). In this program, the Graduate Interns will gain experience in the skills of contemporary digital scholarship through project-based work and make a public presentation of their work. As time permits, the Graduate Interns will also have the opportunity to gain experience working with faculty and students as part of the library’s Digital Scholarship Services. 

Blending work experience and professional development, Digital Scholarship Graduate Internships are intended to prepare students for success in digitally-inflected scholarly careers, both in the academy and beyond.


Graduate Interns commit to work 20 hours a week during the summer term.

The specific work of each internship will be planned in cooperation between the Graduate Intern and the Digital Scholarship Librarian based on the match between the Graduate Intern’s interests in digital scholarship and library collections, services, and existing projects. The internship will center the Graduate Intern’s interests and learning goals related to digital scholarship, supported and structured by a cooperatively designed project. This project will emphasize one or more of the following:

  • Use of library collections in digital scholarship
  • Contribution to a digital project hosted by or affiliated with the library
  • Extension of a ULS-supported digital scholarship or scholarly publishing method or program (e.g. by investigating new applications or increasing capacity)

Past intern projects include:

The Graduate Interns will make a public online presentation of their work at the end of the internship. Graduate Interns working on library-affiliated projects will receive public credit and recognition as contributors to these projects.

During the course of the internship, DSS staff will provide Graduate Interns with individual or small-group training on foundational digital scholarship skills, such as:

  • Digital project management and collaboration tools 
  • Basics of copyright and licensing, principles of open scholarship
  • Basics of data formats and modeling (e.g. structured/unstructured; tabular/hierarchical)
  • Obtaining and organizing data/digital material for study
  • Digitization and Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
  • Website creation and personal portfolio development
  • Critical and ethical perspectives on Digital Scholarship

Based on specific project work, each Graduate Intern will also continue training, both directed and self-guided, on areas of specialization. These may include:

  • Text analysis
  • Data visualization
  • Advanced data modeling, database design, and querying
  • Spatial analysis and GIS
  • Digital exhibits and storytelling
  • Coding, scripting, and computational workflows
  • Data stewardship and forensics
  • Scholarly publishing

Sample Projects and Supporting Resources

Sample Projects:

  • Improving the library’s ability to accommodate objects containing interactive components, code, multimedia, etc., in D-Scholarship@Pitt, the University’s institutional repository
  • Contemporary Chinese Village Data Project, East Asian Library
  • Stephen Foster Digital Library, Center for American Music
  • Designing for interactive displays of digital scholarship in renovated Hillman Library
  • Visualizations of ULS Digital Collections content
  • ULS implementation of Collections as Data
  • Investigating methods of increasing capacity related to OCR, such as developing methods or workflows for pattern training
  • Extending text analysis methods for non-Latin character sets using library collections materials

Supporting Resources:

Digital scholarship/scholarly communication methods and programs including:

  • Humanities data acquisition
  • Research data management
  • Text analysis
  • Spatial analysis and GIS
  • Data visualization
  • Data modeling and database design
  • Coding, scripting, and computational workflows
  • Digital image and object editing/manipulation
  • Digital exhibit creation
  • Support for planning and implementing digital projects
  • Scholarly journal publishing
  • Open Access
  • Copyright and intellectual property

Selected ULS Digital Collections and Repositories:

  • Historic Pittsburgh
  • D-Scholarship@Pitt
  • Archive of European Integration
  • PhilSci Archive


  • Graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Completed at least two full semesters of graduate coursework
  • Must be able to commit to a hybrid work schedule of 20 hours a week during the summer term
  • May not hold any other university employment during the summer term.  This includes stipend payments from the university paid over the summer. Speak with your graduate program administrator if you are unsure about your appointment status.
  • No prior digital scholarship experience required
  • Complete Digital Scholarship Summer Graduate Internship application (instructions below)

Hourly Rate

$20/hour, 20 hours per week May 23 – August 12, 2022

Application Instructions


  • CV
  • Application questions

Application questions:

Please answer the following questions (250-500 words each).

  • Describe your research interests, including topics, methods, and approaches.
  • Describe how you interact with and use digital tools or methods as a scholar or hobbyist. Alternatively, you can describe what you’d like to learn about using digital tools or methods.
  • What library collection, project, or service would you like to investigate? You don’t need to have a fully conceptualized project—just tell us what you’re interested in!
  • Describe how you might apply what you learn as a Digital Scholarship Graduate Intern to your own research.

Application submission:

Send your CV and answers to the above questions to Gesina Phillips ( and Aaron Brenner (

Application deadline:     

Priority will be given to applications received before May 6, 2022

Further information

If you have any questions, please contact the Digital Scholarship Librarian, Gesina Phillips, at