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Digital Oral History Archiving high school internships for Winter 2022 - Spring 2023

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[DOHA Fellowships Poster]

DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 15, 2022

How do we organize our histories, human knowledge and information in this digital age to make them 'discoverable'?  The Digital Oral History Archivist (DOHA) Fellowship program, made possible with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS.gov), will introduce aspiring highschool students to contemporary techniques in digital archiving and collections care via hands-on experiences and lectures from subject-matter experts. Fellows will have the opportunity to organize, describe and preserve born-digital oral history artifacts as they arrive in The 1947 Partition Archive.

Currently enrolled highschool students across the United States interested in learning digital heritage preservation and archiving techniques are invited to apply. The six month long paid fellowship 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 benefit in this internship.

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 in The 1947 Partition Archive. Students will also learn to identify nuances and evaluate ethical considerations when curating digital oral history interviews for dissemination on popular social media platforms for the public. Lectures will include topics on the history of techniques used by humans for preservation, on the library and information sciences field, on oral history in the digital age, ethical handling of sensitive collections, 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 schoolwork from the comfort of home, 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 fellowship 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. A one week spring break and a one week summer break will be included.

Complete Program and Application Schedule

Deadline to apply: October 15, 2022
Semi-finalist Online Quiz Evaluation: October 16 to November 15, 2022
Finalist interviews: November 16 to December 5, 2022
Decisions by: December 10, 2022
Onboarding: December 11 to December 20, 2022

Orientation in Berkeley: January 7 - 8, 2022. Students arrive on the evening of January 6, 2022, departing on January 8, 2022. All travel and lodging will be arranged by The 1947 Partition Archive.

Program start date: January 15, 2022
Program end date: July 15, 2022

Application requirements

  • Minimum GPA: 3.25 / 4.0
  • Currently enrolled in highschool (anywhere in the United States and its territories) and in good standing. The applicant is expected to be enrolled in high school through Spring 2023 to be eligible for this opportunity.
  • Excellent work ethic and demonstrated adherence to commitments and extra curricular responsibilities
  • Passion and curiosity for the preservation sciences
  • An interest in South Asian American history
  • Computer and stable internet access

Application components

  • The application form 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 teacher, and the second could be from a current or former teacher, a work supervisor, athletics coach, a research supervisor 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 extra curricular work and interest in historical preservation - uploaded with application
  • High school transcript - uploaded with application
  • Additional materials (optional), including materials demonstrating previous community service projects, sports and other extra curricular achievements, or projects related to archival and preservation work undertaken in a professional or non-professional setting - uploaded with application

Fellowship Stipends

  • $600/month

Last date for application is: October 15th, 2022 11:59 pm PST (U.S. West Coast time)

Questions? Please send an email to internships [at] 1947partitionarchive [dot] org