A Commitment to Building Capacity
Building capacity amongst the next generation of humanities-based researchers and digital humanities builders is a central component to the mission of Matrix. We value our work— not only as way to digitally preserve cultural heritage materials —but also as means by which to train undergraduate and graduate students in best practices for digital humanities research, scholarship, and development. Matrix leads other Michigan State University centers in the hiring of undergraduate and graduate students, with over thirty students employed every year.
These students are reflective of the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the digital humanities and come from disciplines such as history, anthropology, communications, professional writing, and computer science. Here are some examples of the types of work our students do as well as information on how you can become part of team Matrix.
Matrix is proud to say that the majority of our programming work is done by undergraduate students. Employing undergraduates as programmers gives Matrix a double advantage. First, since all of our development work is done in-house, Matrix is able to reduce costs and speed up production schedules. Second, by bringing in students from a computer science background and exposing them to the work of humanities-based research, Matrix fosters a community of interdisciplinary learning that benefits from the strengths of both academic backgrounds. Student programmers at Matrix are often involved in database design, mobile application development, and website building centered around innovative research in the teaching and application of the digital humanities. Working at Matrix gives students unique and valuable professional experiences that are highly valuable to employers post-graduation. Matrix alumni are some of the most highly sought-after graduates leaving the university and are often recruited heavily by Microsoft, Google, Apple, and other hiring institutions.
A number of graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines within the humanities have found a home here at Matrix. The community of scholars who make up the core Matrix staff is diverse and, thus, welcoming of students from a wide range of academic programs. Partnering with Matrix as an undergraduate researcher allows students to get an inside look at the process of designing, implementing, and maintaining digital humanities research programs. These students are often involved hands-on with metadata creation and entry, digital curation, content management, and translation. Additionally, students get to build professional networks with scholars who are well established in their desired academic and professional fields. Both the experience of a) doing the work of the digital humanities and b) being a part of a dynamic digital humanities community have been crucial factors in the professional development of a number of Matrix alumni who have since gone on to pursue academic and professional careers of their own.
Media and Communications Students
Matrix is highly invested in digital media and our audio-visual lab is staffed primarily by undergraduate students. Thus, for students who are interested in working with the creation of digital media (such as video), converting analog materials to digital formats, sound production, etc. Matrix has ample opportunities for hands-on experience. Students who work with Matrix in this capacity produce podcasts, maintain vast audio-visual libraries, conduct interviews, make short films, and more. Matrix also employs professional writing and communications students to help Matrix keep in touch with its wide public audience through social media and web content. Life at Matrix is never dull, and we are constantly seeking students who wish to do a variety of work in a fast-paced environment.
Matrix provides students unique and exciting opportunities for monetary compensation, internship credit, or professional experiences. We encourage you to take a look at some of our current projects to see what interests you and then send a copy of your resume/cv, portfolio pieces, or cover letter to the following individuals.
Seila Gonzalez-Estrecha, Director of Programming [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Ethan Watrall, Associate Director [email@example.com]
Catherine Foley, Director of Digital Library and Archive Projects [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Media and Communications:
Mike Green, Director of Digital Media Lab [email@example.com]