Digitization and Video Content Intern

Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society preserves Minnesota's past, shares our state's stories and connects people with history in meaningful ways, for today and for tomorrow. Because history matters!

We're part of Minnesota's rich history. Since 1849, we've grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious historical societies in the country. We play an important role in our state's historic preservation, education and tourism; and provide the public with award-winning programs, exhibitions and events.

We owe it to future generations to be good stewards of the past.


Position Details

Digitization and Video Content Intern
Twin Cities Metro
St. Paul, MN

Department: Historic Preservation

Supervisor: State History Services Manager

Hours: 15 hours a week

Location: Minnesota History Center

Semester(s): Fall 2019 (September through December)

Status: Paid

Project summary:

The Digitization and Video Content intern will work with the Heritage Preservation Department within the Minnesota Historical Society. The Heritage Preservation Department administers Grants through the Legacy Amendment and also provides local history services through their engagement and outreach to history organizations around the state. The intern will learn and work in two distinct areas. First, the intern will capture and generate descriptive metadata of digitized images from a donated slide collection. The intern will learn the process for preparing digitized images for archival storage to the Minnesota Digital Library Standards. The second part of the internship facilitates using software to creatively design videos for social media posts, specifically utilizing the digitized images and their themes. The training received through this internship will allow the successful intern to gain demonstrable experience working with image metadata and organizing digital images into a digestible, engaging media product.

Student responsibilities:

  • Assist in the metadata labeling of a slide collection of over 3,000 slides. This includes the location, photographer, approximate date and others as assigned. 
  • Conduct research on historic places and buildings in order to determine their location. 
  • Create engaging short videos and other content for social media viewing.

Ideal degree(s): American Studies, Anthropology, Art/Art History, Graphic Design, History, Multimedia, Museum Studies, Social Media

Student qualifications:

Must possess the following:

  • Familiarity with or willingness to learn a variety of software including Excel and Adobe Spark. 
  • Ability to research locations of historic places online. 
  • Familiarity with architectural styles and construction dates. 
  • Ability to focus on filling in metadata. 
  • Comfortable with taking on multiple tasks and working with multiple people to come up with a product.

Status: Paid

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • Increased understanding of the digitization process for slides including labeling and copyright knowledge. 
  • Increased skills in using software to create social media promotional material.

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