Digital Scholarship Internship Program

The Digital Scholarship Internship Program is the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship's graduate student training and professional development program.

The 2015-2016 academic year is the pilot year for the program, in which we will evaluate the structure and processes outlined below.

The Digital Scholarship Internship Program presents a unique opportunity for graduate students to learn digital scholarship skills, tools, and methods relating to research and pedagogy. The training and professional development that make up this program are designed to prepare all ECDS graduate students to be successful in careers within, alongside, and beyond the academy.

As paid graduate employees (starting at $14/hr), students are expected to work 10 hours per week in the center and are expected to work on dissertation research when not training, assisting faculty and staff, or working on ECDS projects.

Program Structure

Tier 1: Digital Scholarship Specialist I

Tier 1 is the baseline tier in which most of the students in the center will operate. When hired, students will undergo a 4-week training period in which they will be trained by their peers and the Digital Scholarship Training Coordinator on the use of the most frequently supported technologies in ECDS. Students' knowledge of technologies will be assessed and certified by the Digital Scholarship Training Coordinator.

Once this training is complete, Tier 1 students will be awarded digital badges to certify their knowledge/skills acquisition, and then be able to assist walk-in and by-appointment patrons looking for ECDS research and pedagogy support on a daily basis.

Once they are finished with this baseline training, Tier 1 students will work at the front desk and go through formal mentoring with the full time ECDS staff in order to gain a basic understanding of the types of projects, technologies, and support offered by ECDS. Tier 1 students will have opportunities to participate in project work on an as-needed basis. They will also participate in regular graduate student staff meetings, lunch and learns, and professional development activities.

Digital Publishing/LMS

  • Blackboard
  • WordPress
  • Scholarblogs

Collaboration Tools

  • Google Docs
  • DropBox
  • Emory Box
  • Skype/Google+

Digital Audio/Video Editing

  • iMovie
  • Audacity
  • How to digitize analog video and create clips for teaching

Online Survey Tools

  • Google Forms
  • Doodle


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Zotero/Endnote/Evernote
  • Screen Capture
  • High-resolution scanning

Digital Scholarship Expertise Acquired

Baseline understanding of:

  • Text encoding
  • Text analysis
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Geospatial tools and methods
  • Data services available in ECDS
  • Data visualization
  • Digital storytelling
  • Blogs for higher education
  • Digital publishing
  • Digital tools for teaching
  • Digital project workflows/management
  • Open access
  • Creative Commons


Through workshops, formal and informal training, and mentoring, students in Tier 1 will gain a baseline understanding of all of the tools and technologies supported by the center, as well as the broad range of digital scholarship services offered by ECDS staff. This will empower students to accomplish their day-to-day work in the center. But, more importantly, it will give them a broad understanding of digital scholarship, and how digital technologies are used in teaching and research at Emory University. They will also learn about how ECDS functions as an organization, giving them expertise and tools that will prepare them for faculty, staff, and non-academic careers. Students may remain in Tier 1 indefinitely. This will give them the freedom to support walk-in and by-appointment consultations with faculty, staff and students while also having some time to work on projects or their own scholarship while on shift in the center. Before moving on to Tier 2, students must earn the Digital Scholarship Specialist I badge, and choose an area of specialization in consultation with the Digital Scholarship Training Coordinator.

Tier 2: Digital Scholarship Specialist II

In Tier 2, students will gain increasing specialization/expertise with the tools and technologies learned in Tier 1 and advance their knowledge of new tools or skills in a specific area of digital scholarship.

Tier 2 students will identify specific areas of interest/expertise that they would like to cultivate while in the program. Then, in consultation with the Digital Scholarship Training Coordinator, they will design a training program that equips them with the necessary skills for that area of interest.

Students may join one of two ongoing project teams (discussed below) or choose from a wide variety of other specializations in the center. For Southern Spaces and the Digital Lab, there are a limited number of available positions, and hiring for them is at the discretion of Allen Tullos and Michael Page, respectively.

Tier 2 students will also train and assist their peers at earlier stages in the program and continue to consult with faculty, staff and students at the front desk.

Southern Spaces

Students who work on the Southern Spaces team will be on the editorial staff of the peer-reviewed online scholarly journal Southern Spaces. They will learn about scholarly publishing, the peer review process, scholarly editing, and other areas of scholarly communication associated with an academic journal. They will build and edit scholarly essays via the site's Drupal Content Management System. Once a student begins work at Southern Spaces, they will have the opportunity to take part in every aspect of that journal's publishing process and take on differing roles on the editorial staff as they progress through their program. Students will work as a part of an interdisciplinary team under the direction of Senior Editor Allen Tullos, meet deadlines, learn and use project management software, collaborate on the publication of multimedia scholarship, and interact with scholars in the field of southern studies. Expertise in this field (broadly defined) is a recommended, but not required, qualification for this project team.

The Digital Lab

Students who work with the digital lab team will gain proficiency with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software such as ArcGIS, Google Earth, ENVI, and others. They will help to geo-reference, geocode, design, edit, and assess ongoing and discrete geospatial mapping projects in ECDS. They will also learn 3D modeling, research database design, digital imaging, and data visualization. Digital Lab students will work as a part of an interdisciplinary team under the direction of Michael Page and Megan Slemons, and collaborate with faculty and staff undertaking mapping projects in ECDS. This specialization will give students a broad range of skills related to mapping and geospatial technology.

Other Areas of Specialization

These areas of specialization can be mastered with the help of full time staff members in ECDS and other resources (such as or graduate student peers) available in the center. Tier 2 students will undergo project management training and become familiar with the Trello project management system. Students specializing in these areas will become experts in different software programs and methodological approaches to their chosen area of digital scholarship. Students will have the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams on discrete and ongoing projects in ECDS, assist with and lead workshops, and collaborate with faculty on large-scale projects. Specialization in any of these areas will prepare students for a variety of careers within or beyond the academy, and all of them will help to enrich a student’s scholarly work and prepare them for innovative research in the future. It will also familiarize them with the teams that produce and consult on digital projects within their specialty area. Tier 2 students will also train Tier 1 students and work at the front desk while devoting a portion of their weekly time (roughly 5 hours) to training or project work in their specialty area. Students working on teams like Southern Spaces and the Digital Lab may devote all of their time to work in their specialty area and not work at the front desk.

  • Text Encoding/Analysis
  • Video and Pedagogy
  • Language Learning and Technology
  • Data Visualization
  • Technology and Pedagogy
  • WordPress development
  • Digital Publishing using InDesign, Illustrator, and Adobe Suite
  • Coding
  • App Development
  • Omeka
  • Network Analysis
  • Database Design


Tier 2 students will have a baseline understanding of the tools, technologies, and projects happening in the center, as well as a more advanced understanding of particular tools, methodologies, or approaches.

Students with this expertise will work on projects in their area(s) of expertise and have access to additional mentoring from ECDS Staff. Students may work on these projects indefinitely (if the project is substantial enough), or as needed.

Students in Tier 2 will still work shifts on the front desk and will devote some of their down time on the desk (up to 5 hours per week or as needed) to project work. Tier 2 students will also train Tier 1 students and will have the option to participate in the organization and facilitation of workshops and trainings for ECDS.

Students may remain in Tier 2 indefinitely, but will also have the option to move into Tier 3. When a student wants to be considered for promotion to Tier 3, they should meet with the Digital Scholarship Training Coordinator to discuss an appropriate way to demonstrate their mastery.

Tier 3: Digital Scholarship Consultant


Tier 3 students will begin to devote a greater portion -- or all --of their time to project work within the center. Promotion into Tier 3 will depend upon mastery of particular tools or approaches that will allow the student to devote a greater portion of their time to project work (on a large scale digital project, for instance) or a commitment that makes normal desk shifts unreasonable (like running TPC+R).

Additionally, promotion into Tier 3 depends upon the availability of substantial project work necessitating such a move. These students will perform a number of tasks that will contribute to the regular functions of their peers in the center, including building documentation for "best practices" and "how-to guides" for ECDS-supported software for public use and for graduate student training. These students will have the opportunity to facilitate workshops and trainings for the public/faculty and as part of other ECDS programs like TPC+R.

Students in Tier 3 may remain in Tier 3 for the duration of their employment in the center, or if the project that they are working on reaches completion, they can return to working normal shifts at the front desk.

Professional Development

At all stages of the program, graduate students will participate in formal and informal professional development programming.

The Digital Scholarship Training Coordinator will offer professional development workshops for graduate student staff each semester, and will consult with them about areas of need among the staff. Examples of professional development programming include:

  • Sessions on maintaining and curating a digital scholarly presence
  • Building and maintaining a professional/scholarly website
  • Project management
  • Converting a CV into a resume (or hybrid document)
  • Workshops on cover letters for non-teaching jobs in the academy
  • Workshops on alternative-academic careers and postdocs

The Digital Scholarship Training Coordinator will mentor graduate students throughout their time in the program. Graduate students will begin each semester with an in-person professional development goal setting check-in with the Digital Scholarship Training Coordinator. Then, they will evaluate progress toward their goals halfway through the semester, and at the end of the semester.

The goal is for the Digital Scholars Program to serve the training and professional development needs of all of the ECDS graduate student staff, whether they intend upon seeking employment in, alongside, or beyond the academy.