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Job and Internship Opportunities


The Digital Watauga Project is a small project with only one part-time staff member, the Digitization Technician, based at the Watauga County Public Library. The Project's Chairperson also oversees the Digitization Technician and asists with interviewing interns, collection acquisition, and project oversight. Both can be reached at digitalwatauga@gmail.com.

We are always looking for more volunteers and frequently have internships available for students.

Current Internship Openings

INTERNSHIP with the Digital Watauga Project

Website: http://DigitalWatauga.org/

Fall Semester: January 16 to May 2, 2018

Watauga County Public Library and/or Appalachian Enterprise Ctr. (130 Poplar Grove Ext.)

Contact Information: DigitalWatauga@gmail.com

The Digital Watauga Project

“The principal aim of the Digital Watauga Project (DWP) is the digital preservation of Watauga County, North Carolina’s historical images, documents, and other materials.  By serving as a digital clearinghouse of Watauga County’s history, the DWP encourages its members and the citizens of Watauga County to make our history more accessible to the general public while also allowing the owner of historical materials digitized through the DWP to retain ownership and control over their original images, documents, and artifacts.  In addition, the DWP sponsors regular public events designed to highlight components of its digital collection and educate the Watauga County community about its rich, multifaceted, and important history.  The Digital Watauga Project, working in partnership with the Watauga County Public Library, is a project of the Watauga County Historical Society, a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization."

Purpose, Objectives, and Goals of the Internship

The internship will consist of archival processing and digitization work on existing and newly acquired collections. Under the direction of the Watauga County Historical Society, the intern will be responsible for processing, arranging, describing, and archivally re-housing the collection(s) to meet the information needs of our website users while also following Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), FADGI’s Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials, and the Dublin Core Initiative to accurately describe the digital objects. Where required, the intern will also be responsible for digitizing and adding the digital objects and associated metadata to Omeka.

This internship will satisfy the requirements of EITHER a three (3) credit hour course (120 work hours) OR a six (6) credit hour course (240 work hours) and is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in working with a community digital archive. Applicants should specify their preference for either a three or six credit hour internship in their cover letter. Digital Watauga plans to select up to FIVE interns from the applicants under this posting.

Collections related to this internship include the George Flowers Collection, the Paul Armfield Coffey Collection, the Watauga County Soil and Water Collection, the Watauga County Agricultural Extension Collection, the Bethel Collection, and others as assigned.

To apply please send an email with a resume or vita attached, as well as a cover letter detailing your education and work experience, to DigitalWatauga@gmail.com.

The DEADLINE for application is October 31, 2017, at 5:00pm, but interviews with qualified applicants will occur on a rolling basis as applications are received.