CDRS is looking for fall interns

by Leyla on April 16, 2015

Internship with the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship

Fall 2015 Semester

Calling all library school students! CDRS is an organization that is dedicated to being leaders and innovators in providing equitable access to and participation in the scholarly conversation through openness, partnerships, and community collaborations. We have a limited number of internship opportunities available, and are searching for students interested in working with us to increase the efficacy and impact of scholarship and research in a more inclusive and integrated scholarly communication ecosystem through the use of multiple technologies and media.

Applications are welcome from students in LIS programs with project proposals that explore effective systems for creating, distributing, and preserving digital scholarly content. Interns will receive the guidance of CDRS staff, and project proposals may draw from the following activities:

  • Evaluation of copyright and permissions issues related to 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 CDRS projects;
  • Extension of open-source software that supports online publication and digital scholarship
  • Drafting/editing of text for the CDRS website and for marketing/educational materials about the work of the Center;
  • Production for CDRSʼ journal and conference projects;
  • Research for, creation of content for, and event-related work for CDRS’ Scholarly Communication Program;
  • Collection development for Academic Commons;
  • 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. Interns will be paired with a staff mentor to guide and partner with them on their project.

Professional Development

Depending on their proposed project, interns may 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; in the use of social media; and/or in scholarly communication outreach issues such as open access and copyright. Interns will give a presentation at the conclusion of their project and compose a final report reflecting on their project and experience within the program.

Primary Site Supervisor

Research Data Manager, CDRS


The duration of this internship is one semester, during the Fall session.


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 to: by Friday, August 14, 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:

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