Digital Humanities Intern (NYC or Ann Arbor)
New York City
At ITHAKA, we think nothing is better than knowing we are having a positive
impact on the world. We impact the lives of millions of people and thousands
of institutions every day both in ground-breaking ways and in small ways that
mean a lot.
We have a bold mission. We work with leaders in the global higher education
community to advance and preserve knowledge and to improve teaching and
learning through the use of digital technologies. We are passionate about the
value of education and are driven to deploy technologies to make our
universities, colleges, and high schools better, more affordable, and more
effective, and to reach beyond these traditional walls to support learners
In two decades, we have launched some of the most transformative and widely
used services in higher education: JSTOR, Portico, and Ithaka S+R. Our 300+
employees in the United States, Europe, and Asia work closely with our user
communities, day in and day out, to build and continuously improve upon these
services, and to identify new opportunities to expand access to knowledge and
learning. As a successful organization in a demanding and dynamic environment,
we challenge ourselves to retain an entrepreneurial spirit that pursues and
Mission and Funding
We are proud to be a not-for-profit organization, but our status is a
reflection of our mission, not our funding model. Our work across these
services is highly valued in the global higher education community, and we
cover our costs by collecting fees in exchange for the access, preservation,
and research and consulting services we provide. That exerts a real discipline
on our operations in that we must continually adapt to the needs of our
audiences to be worthy of their support. Thousands of higher education and
related institutions around the world are ITHAKA's primary financial
supporters; their JSTOR participation fees provide 88% of ITHAKA's revenue.
Our 99% renewal rate for JSTOR generates stable recurring income, alleviating
the dependency on fundraising that many not-for-profits experience. Because
the organizations share our commitment to our mission, we have the financial
resources necessary to maintain a great work environment that encourages
innovation and excellence.
The Digital Humanities Intern (DH) will work the JSTOR Labs team to extend
Understanding Shakespeare, its partnership project with the Folger Shakespeare
Library. Understanding Shakespeare has shown a new way of connecting primary
texts with the literature about them, and the DH Intern will play a pivotal
role in making this resource even more transformative. To do so, the DH Intern
will work with the JSTOR Labs team to create a public API to the data within,
Understanding Shakespeare. He or she will then create a series of public
demonstrator visualizations and applications on top of the API, answering
questions such as: which plays have shown steady academic interest over time
and which have been the most "trendy?" How have quotation-rates of male vs.
female characters in Shakespeare's plays changed over time? What are the
differences between disciplines in most-cited play, character, and line?
You can view an exciting and informative video of the job description by
clicking on this link.
Our organization and this role will provide you with an opportunity few other
companies can offer including:
• The content: JSTOR has an unparalleled breadth and depth of content that,
paired with the Folger's scrupulously tagged digital editions of Shakespeare's
plays, will give the DH Intern a significant scholarly sandbox to play in.
• The exposure: JSTOR's traffic and ability to publicize the DH Intern's
Demonstrator project provide a unique chance for your project to get the
visibility that will help your career.
• The team: Launched less than a year ago, the JSTOR Labs team has established
itself as deeply innovative and truly impactful both within ITHAKA and the
wider scholarly community.
• The opportunity: This is no make-copies-and-tag-along-while-we-work
internship. You will have the chance to have a true impact, and, in doing so,
will be expected to have the entrepreneurial skills needed to drive this
project through to completion.
The duration of this paid internship is approximately 8-10 weeks with the
possibility of an extension. While the DH Intern will need to be self-directed
and poly-skilled in order to accomplish this task, they will have ample
support in the JSTOR Labs team, who will assist technically in the creation of
the API and then in marketing and distributing of the demonstrator
applications. In addition, the DH Intern will be able to take advantage of
JSTOR's cutting edge and cloud-enabled technical infrastructure. The Labs
infrastructure runs on Linux-based servers hosted by Amazon Web Services
Candidates for this position can choose whether to locate in our New York, NY
or Ann Arbor, MI offices.
Specific Objectives and Responsibilities
The primary responsibilities of the DH Intern are:
• Work with the Labs team to create an API on top of Understanding Shakespeare
data. That API will expose link data currently shown within that site,
bibliographic data of the linked-to articles, and data housed within the
richly-encoded Folger Digital Editions.
• Create a series of public apps and visualizations that demonstrate both what
can be done with the API and highlight the richness of the underlying data.
Skills, Experience, and Characteristics
• The ideal candidate will be a current student or a recent graduate of a
Masters-level program in Digital Humanities or related fields, capable of
combining technical skills with scholarly acumen. The project will involve the
development of web applications running on our Linux-based Labs
• Technical skills:
o Strong working knowledge of core web technologies including HTTP, HTML,
o Familiarity with data visualization concepts and packages (such as D3.js).
o Experience in working with data markup (such as XML, RDF, and JSON) and
performing data transformations.
o Experience with the Unix/Linux operating system and Python scripting
language. Some background with the Django web framework would also be helpful.
o Experience in using code management tools such as Git.
• Substantive knowledge of English Literature, including the plays of
• Candidates will need to demonstrate their ability to be entrepreneurial,
self-directing and a master problem solver.
• Strong written, verbal and visual communication skills required.
• Candidates will submit a portfolio of related projects along with their
Work for us
Come join our team of talented and dedicated people with great ideas who want
to make the world a smarter place.
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