Washington, DC: Paid Intern – Seas of Knowledge Project, NARA, Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean & Ecosystem Studies

Job Opening Title: Paid Intern – Seas of Knowledge Project, NARA

Employer Name: Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystem Studies

Job Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: April 15, 2022

Salary Range: $1260/month

Years of experience required: 0-2

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The Seas of Knowledge project is focused on historical data recovery from the logbooks of U.S. naval vessels during the Civil War and Reconstruction era, located at the National Archives. In addition to creating high-resolution digital analogs of unique historical documents of national significance, we recover geospatial reference, weather and ocean data, and other historical information through Old Weather, our citizen-science program. Images and data will be integrated into existing national and international data infrastructure. Large-scale manuscript-to-digital data conversion has great potential to foster new scientific and historical understanding and provides enhanced access to our shared maritime and cultural heritage.

Since 2012 data recovery and reanalysis has been pursued through a collaboration between the Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystem Studies at the University of Washington, NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, the National Archives and Records Foundation and other collaborating institutions. The National Archives Foundation supports the education and outreach aims of the National Archives to make federal records accessible so that anyone can explore, discover, and learn from historical documents that have been preserved for generations. The project supports the earth systems research community by providing fundamental data that are not otherwise available to science and will lead to deeper understanding of the physics of the atmosphere and ocean. Working together these institutions create opportunities for new scholarship in science and the humanities.

Student interns are trained to operate high-resolution digital imaging equipment located at the National Archives Innovation Hub. They learn about archives operations, document handling and preservation, metadata creation, and the technical details underlying the digitization of cultural heritage materials. The educational opportunity of this internship is exceptional for students interested in gaining experience and training in the fields of cultural heritage digitization, digital innovation and crowdsourcing, and public outreach. Students are provided a monthly stipend of $1260 and must be U.S. citizens or residents. Seas of Knowledge is supported by a grant to the University of Washington from the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.

Interested students should contact Chrissy Perry (cpp3@uw.edu) for an application.

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