Digital Internships Program

The Digital Internships Program is open to graduate students wishing to collaborate with librarians working in digital scholarship on campus. Students are recruited through a competitive process and successful applicants will receive a stipend and hands-on experience working in one of the opportunities listed below.

Technical Pedagogy (1 Intern)

Foundations for Research Computing is a program that, among other training, includes two-day bootcamps, workshops, and a Python User Group. Technical pedagogy is critical for the program, and the work of the Technical Pedagogy Intern will include assisting with the workshops, the Python User Group meetings, and the technical bootcamps and intensives. The intern will also have the opportunity to develop and teach new technical programming, which may include developing a technical workshop, leading a Python User Group meeting, or convening a research computing reading group.

Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (2 Interns)

We seek an intern who is working on experimental genres of research or pedagogy in the humanities or social sciences. These genres can include, but are not limited to: data mining and visualization, geospatial analysis, web mapping, statistical analysis, creating digital archives and exhibits, text analysis, machine learning, or network analysis as these relate to subject matter in the humanities and the social sciences. The intern is to work on their own digital research project for half of the time of the internship, with support from and in collaboration with our professional staff. The other half of the time, the intern will help us develop and implement virtual communities of researchers working on experimental forms for the 2020–2021 period.

Digital Music (1 Intern)

The intern will work to broaden engagement with tools for digital music, musicology, music notation, and audio, in partnership with the Music Librarian and aligned with the Digital Music Lab. This may include designing and teaching/co-teaching workshops and tutorials, participating in virtual lab hours, and working on a related individual project.

Podcasting/Sound Editing Instruction (1 Intern)

To support the Libraries' podcasting program, this intern will teach regular workshops focusing on sound editing, mixing, and recording. The intern should be proficient in Audacity or another open source software for sound editing, but may teach additional workshops on other softwares and topics at their discretion. This position will be limited to 5 hours per week, to be divided between teaching 1-2 workshops, preparing for instructional sessions, and providing office hours or small group instruction. 

Program Objectives

  • To foster a community of scholars interested in emerging forms and methods of research and scholarship.
  • To expose the next generation of faculty and researchers to rich and innovative digital tools, methods and environments that will be useful in their future work and will improve their competitiveness in the academic marketplace.
  • To create an opportunity for graduate students to develop useful skills and practices to be shared with library staff and other users, and through this interaction drive the creation of innovative research- and teaching-support models within the library.
  • To present alternative career paths for those holding advanced degrees, specifically as professional-level collaborators in digital scholarship based within and outside of academic departments.
  • To engage students with the everyday professional practices of librarians in digital scholarship and provide experience with the operations of academic libraries, especially as they contribute to the educational goals of universities and impact teaching, learning, and research.
  • To harness student expertise in technology and applied science to help the broader Columbia community to build skills around topics such as Python, R, publishing and podcasting technologies, and music technologies.


Each participant will be assigned to a mentor who will train the student and prepare a work plan for the project. The Libraries is committed to fostering a work environment where interns are respected and feel free to ask questions and make suggestions.

The program is open to all Columbia University graduate students. Participants must be enrolled as a student for the full academic year, from September through May. 

Participants are expected to make regular contributions to the Digital Internship blog.

Interns will be paid $20.00 an hour and will work approximately twelve hours a week (or the semester equivalent thereof) during the academic year.

Please click here to apply

Please prepare a brief CV (two pages maximum) to be available upon request from Libraries staff.

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