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ECDS provides student training and professional development through its Digital Scholarship Internship Program (DSIP).

DSIP presents an uncommon opportunity for graduate students to learn digital scholarship skills, theories, and methods relating to research and pedagogy. Students work regular shifts at the center helping faculty, staff, and students with digital research and pedagogy-related questions. In addition, students are paired with research projects in their area of interest and learn the necessary skills while gaining valuable experience in digital scholarship.

The program's training and professional development aspects are designed to prepare all ECDS students to be successful in careers within, alongside, and beyond the academy through an array of opportunities such as:

  • Training and teaching workshops
  • Creating training materials
  • Attending digital scholarship tools and methods trainings
  • Attaining digital credentialing across tools and methods in digital scholarship, ensuring students can illustrate the skills they have learned in ECDS.


DSIP Consultation 

Students, as paid graduate employees (starting at $14/hour), are expected to work 8 hours per week in the center. They are expected to work on personal research when not training, assisting faculty and staff, or working on ECDS projects.

DSIP is structured on a tiered basis. All students enter at Tier 1 unless they are hired to work on specific project and already have the necessary experience required.

For more information, please contact Kayla Shipp, ECDS' consultant for the DSIP.

Digital Scholarship Specialist I

When hired, students will undergo a semester long 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.

Areas of expertise
  • Digital Publishing/LMS
  • Canvas
  • WordPress
  • Scholarblogs
Collaboration Tools
  • Google Docs
  • DropBox
  • Emory Box
  • Skype
Project Management Tools
  • Trello
  • Slack
  • Timeneye
Media Production
  • iMovie
  • Audacity
  • High resolution scanning
  • How to digitize analog video and create clips for teaching
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Zotero/Endnote/Refworks
Digital Scholarship Expertise Acquired
  • Baseline understanding of:
  • Digital publishing using WordPress
  • Reference management
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Digital tools for teaching
  • Creative Commons
  • Digital scholarship project management

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. 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.

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.

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 choose from a wide variety of specializations in the center or join one of two ongoing project teams: Southern Spaces and the Digital 310 Lab. These teams have a limited number of available positions, and hiring for them is at the discretion of the team leaders.

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.

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 the digital badges training program) available in the center. 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 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.

Areas of expertise
  • Text analysis
  • Video production and post-production
  • Data visualization
  • Digital pedagogy
  • WordPress development
  • Graphic Design using InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
  • Front-end web development
  • Omeka
  • OpenTour
  • Network analysis
  • Database design
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.

Digital 310 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 and/or with 3D modeling and visualization software and methods. Students interested in GIS and mapping 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 Arya Basu, and collaborate with faculty and staff undertaking mapping projects in ECDS. This specialization will give students a broad range of skills related to geospatial technology and 3D modeling.


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.

Digital Scholarship Consultant/Technical Lead


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 the TPC+R program).

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.