Digital Oral History Archiving Advance Internships 2024

Train to become an archivist

Deadline to apply: May 31, 2024

Support for advanced college internships (starting at college junior level) comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


How do we organize our histories, human knowledge, and information in this digital age? The Digital Oral History Archivist (DOHA) Fellowship program, will introduce aspiring undergrad college students to contemporary techniques in digital archiving and collections care via hands-on experiences and lectures from subject-matter experts. Interns will have the opportunity to organize, describe and preserve born-digital oral history artifacts as they arrive in the digital archive.

Currently enrolled undergrad college students across the United States interested in learning digital heritage preservation and archiving techniques are invited to apply. The six-month-long paid internship will especially be beneficial for students exploring a future career in digital archiving, digital heritage preservation, or the library and information sciences fields in general. Students interested in gaining a deeper insight into South Asian histories will find additional benefits in this internship. This internship will be especially beneficial for students interested in the library and information sciences and archival sciences field as a future career path.

Students will attend a series of lectures delivered by experts in the field and gain hands-on experience in cloud-based cataloging, handling, and preservation of born-digital oral history collections to be described in Stanford University Libraries’ Digital Repository for broad dissemination. Specifically, students will be handling digital oral history artifacts alongside professional archivists as they arrive at The 1947 Partition Archive. Students will also learn to identify nuances and evaluate ethical considerations when curating digital oral history artifacts for dissemination on popular social media platforms for the public. Lectures will include topics on the history of techniques used by humans to preserve history, on the library and information sciences field, on oral history in the digital age, ethical handling of sensitive collections, and geo-tagging in politically evolving regions, among others. Students emerging from the program will have a solid practical basis from which to explore more advanced topics within the library and information science fields as well as the humanities in general.

This is a remote, part-time fellowship that will unfold alongside the student’s regular college work, although students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation in Berkeley, California at The 1947 Partition Archive’s headquarters. The orientation will include field trips to the University of California at Berkeley’s South and South-East Asia libraries, as well as the Stanford University Libraries. Fellows will receive a laptop (to be returned at the end of the fellowship) as well as a monthly stipend.

The DOHA internship is a part-time commitment requiring students to devote a minimum of 10 hours per week over a period of 6 months to fellowship-related activities, for a total of 240 hours. For the first six weeks, students must complete their 10 hours per week live online. A one-week fall Thanksgiving break and a three-week New Years winter break will be included.
Complete program and application schedule
Deadline to apply: May 31, 2024
Semi-finalist Online Quiz Evaluation: June 10 to 12, 2024
Finalist interviews: June 17 to 21, 2024
Decisions by: Week of June 30, 2024
Onboarding: July 1 to July 15, 2024
Orientation in Berkeley: August 9 - 11, 2024. Students arrive on the evening of August 9, 2024, departing on August 11, 2024. Travel will be refunded and lodging in Berkeley will be arranged by The 1947 Partition Archive.
Program start date: August 15, 2024
Program end date: March 15, 2025
Program holidays and breaks:
  • All federal holidays
  • November 25 to 29, 2024
  • December 16, 2024 to January 3, 2025

Required live online attendance (webcam on):
August 19, 2024 to September 27, 2024
  • Mondays 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM PDT (7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT)
  • Tuesdays 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM PDT (7:00 PM to 10:00 PM EDT)
  • Wednesdays 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM PDT (7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT)
  • Thursdays 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM PDT (7:00 PM to 10:00 PM EDT)
September 30, 2024 to October 31, 2024
  • Mondays 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM PDT (7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT)
  • Tuesdays 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM PDT (7:00 PM to 10:00 PM EDT)
November 1, 2024 to March 15, 2025
  • Mondays 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM PDT (7:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT)
Application requirements
  • Minimum GPA: 3.25
  • Currently enrolled in college (anywhere in the United States and its territories) and in good standing.The applicant is expected to be enrolled in college through Spring 2024 to be eligible for this opportunity.
  • Be a college junior, senior, or recent graduate (no earlier than spring 2024).
  • Plan to pursue your future career or advanced studies in the United States, following this internship.
  • Excellent work ethic and demonstrated adherence to commitments and extracurricular responsibilities.
  • Passion and curiosity for archiving and the preservation sciences.
  • Plan to pursue a career in the library and information science fields (including preservation or archiving).
  • A general interest in South Asian American history.
  • Computer and stable internet access.
Application components
  • The application form is linked below - for your convenience please download this word file ‘rough draft’ application to fill out at your convenience. When your rough draft application is finalized, please transfer your answers to the linked form below.
  • Your resume - uploaded with application.
  • Two letters of recommendation, including at least one from a current lecturer, and the second could be from a current or former lecturer, a work supervisor, a research supervisor, an athletics coach, or another important mentor. The letter should attest to your work ethic and commitment to completing long-duration projects, and could also comment on your passion for your studies, your extracurricular work, and interest in historical preservation - uploaded with application.
  • College transcript - uploaded with application.
  • Additional materials (optional), including materials demonstrating previous community service projects, sports, and other extracurricular achievements, or projects related to archival and preservation work undertaken in a professional or non-professional setting - uploaded with application.
Fellowship stipends
$600/month, for six months, excluding the winter break in December 2024/January 2025.
Send us an email at internships [at] 1947partitionarchive [dot] org
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