Internship — Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (New York, NY)

Internship with the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) at Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

Spring 2015 Semester

Calling all library school students! We’re searching for two interns who are extraordinarily motivated to further their education and skills.

Those exceptional people who are accepted for this internship will be library school students who execute on a project that they have proposed to explore first- hand effective systems for creating, distributing, and preserving digital scholarly content. No prior experience is required. Interns will receive the guidance of CDRS staff. Based on their interests, interns will propose a project in one of five areas: (1) scholarly communication (2) scholarly publishing and production, (3) video production and preservation, (4) institutional research repositories, or (5) data management. Proposed projects could include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Evaluation of copyright and permissions statuses of materials slated for online distribution as part of projects undertaken by CDRS or for deposit in Columbiaʼs research repository, Academic Commons;
  • Research on institutional repository practices and technologies and drafting of text for the Academic Commons website;
  • Creation of test cases and user interviews, and quality assurance/testing of user interfaces, permissions tools, and content-access systems within Academic Commons and other CDRSʼ projects;
  • Drafting/editing of text for the CDRS website and for marketing/educational materials about the work of the Center;
  • Production duties for CDRSʼ journal and conference projects;
  • Research for, creation of content for, and event-related work for CDRS’ Scholarly Communication Program
  • Creation of metadata for items deposited in Academic Commons and for other projects as needed;
  • Use of social media platforms to promote Columbia-created research and the activities of CDRS, 
to engage the community, and to enhance partner relationships;
  • Regular consultation with and reporting to supervisors and appropriate staff members on Simple 
video production duties for CDRSʼ video services team.

Professional Interactions

Through daily or weekly work, the interns will communicate with CDRS staff, the Copyright Advisory Office, other employees at Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, and with Columbia faculty, students, scholars, and alumni/ae whose materials the intern handles.

Professional Development

Depending on their proposed project, interns will receive training and hands-on experience in practices associated with the management of digital repositories; in the production of online journals, conferences, and websites; in the recording, post-production, and preservation of digital video; and/or in the use of social media to enhance the scholarly communication process; and/or in issues such as open access and copyright.

Primary Site Supervisor

Research Data Manager, CDRS


The duration of this internship is one semester, either during the Fall, Spring, or Summer sessions.


10–15 hours per week.


This is an unpaid internship.

To Apply

For consideration for the coming semester, please e-mail your resume and cover letter as soon as possible to: by Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Please submit your resume and a project proposal of no more than 500 words. This proposal should describe the project to be completed during the semester of your internship, and explain why this project is of particular interest to you. Please explore the CDRS Internship Program page for information on past projects, and inspiration for your own proposals: