Montpelier Research Internships 2019


DESCRIPTION James Madison’s Montpelier announces an opportunity for 1-2 undergraduate interns in the Research Department. The intern(s) will work 30 hours per week for 10 weeks (or 300 total hours during the summer). Preference will be given to applicants with excellent research/writing skills, knowledge of African American history, and/or familiarity with WordPress and BuddyPress.

The goal of the internship is to develop resources and a proof of concept for elements of Montpelier’s proposed online forum for Descendants of the people who were once enslaved at Montpelier and nearby plantations. (For further information on the African American Descendants’ Project, see https://digitaldoorway.montpelier.org/project/montpelier-descendants-project/.) The intern(s) will transcribe historic documents (wills, deeds, and manumission documents from Orange County) and oral history interviews, evaluate their usefulness for research, and enter relevant documents into the Montpelier Research Database. (For further information on the Montpelier Research Database, see https://digitaldoorway.montpelier.org/project/montpelier-research-database/.) The intern(s) will also develop a proof of concept for one or more elements of the Descendants’ Forum, such as an online exhibit related to a specific family, a story map incorporating information from historic documents, or instructional materials for Descendants engaging with the online forum.

By completing this internship, the student(s) will gain experience in documentary research and its application in a digital humanities project. The student(s) will also have exposure to the workings of Montpelier’s Museum Programs division and may contribute a blog post to the Digging Deeper blog on the Museum Programs website.

STIPEND This internship is supported by a $3500 Museum Diversity Internship grant to offset cost of living during the internship period.

ELIGIBILITY Applications are open to rising 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year UVA students from all fields of study who identify as African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. (Spring 2019 graduates are ineligible.)

APPLY Complete and submit the Application Form & Montpelier Volunteer Form along with a resume, unofficial transcript, and statement of interest to Hilarie M. Hicks, hhicks@montpelier.orgDeadline is March 1, 2019. Successful applicants will be contacted for a telephone interview.