MNopedia Place Names Project Intern

Department: 
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Supervisor: 
Program Manager
Hours: 
20 hours per week
Location: 
Minnesota History Center
Semester(s): 
Spring 2018 (January-May)
Status: 
Unpaid; A limited number of diversity stipends are available for eligible candidates.
Project summary: 

The MNopedia (pronounced MIN-o-pedia) Place Names project intern will assist with the repurposing of the Minnesota Place Names geographic database for inclusion on the MNopedia website by verifying geocoded entries using a variety of plat and railroad maps in MNHS library collections and entering corrections into a database. This is an office position that will involve extended periods of time on a computer or in the library doing research. It will involve occasional lifting of heavy books. MNopedia, a digital encyclopedia of Minnesota history created by the Minnesota Historical Society, shares current, reliable, and relevant information about significant people, places, events, and things in Minnesota history. For details, view the project at www.mnopedia.org. 

Ideal degree(s): 
American Studies, History
Student qualifications: 
  • Enrollment in a graduate program or in an undergraduate program at the junior or senior level. Preference will be given to graduate-level students.
  • Trained in historical research techniques and best practices, and must be comfortable working with primary sources.
  • Demonstrated map-reading skill, top-notch organizational skills, an eye for detail and accuracy, and an ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of American and Minnesota history and an ability to work independently.
  • Coursework or major in Geography is a plus.
Student responsibilities: 
  • Proof the geocoding of Place Names entries in a database for accuracy, and enter the corrections into the database.
  • Locate missing entries on plat and railroad maps and enter them into the database spreadsheet.
  • Help to identify locations of missing railroad stations where needed and enter coordinates into the database.
Knowledge intern is expected to gain: 
  • Inside knowledge of an innovative digital resource.
  • Familiarity with MNHS historical resources and how to use them.
  • Experience creating content for the Web.
Additional required submissions: 

Writing sample of no more than 5 pages, including citations, that demonstrates research skills. Excerpts from longer pieces are allowed.