METRO's Spring 2014 Innovative Interns Share Their Experiences

METRO’s Innovative Internship program, launched in December 2012, recently completed its third cycle of internships. Designed to foster innovative work in METRO’s member institutions, the Innovative Internship program provides stipends each fall and spring semester to graduate students and recent graduate degree recipients to support their work in local cultural heritage institutions in the METRO membership. The four recipients of the Spring 2014 round of program funding have completed their internships and submitted final reports documenting their work.

Details of the projects of Emily Kramer, Clarisa Diaz, Connor Gaudet, and Emily Toder were listed in the original selection announcement for spring 2014 award recipients. The full final reports written by each of three Innovative Internship winners are collected in a newly available report.

Summaries of Spring 2014 Innovative Interships

Emily Kramer worked at Hostos Community College/CUNY to help bring together the Hostos Community College Archives and the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture in the selection, organization, and preservation of ephemera and special collections material documenting the Hostos Center’s 30 years of cultural programming for the Latino and African-American communities of the South Bronx and wider metropolitan area.

Clarisa Diaz and Connor Gaudet worked with the NYPL Labs team to conceive and develop new projects and expand projects already in development at NYPL Labs. They worked with NYPL's Geospatial Librarian and Labs developers to build a system to capture street names and addresses from historic maps that can be crowdsourced through Building Inspector. In addition, Clarisa and Conner helped with the release of the Ensemble project and had the chance to develop their own NYPL Labs technology projects and present them to colleagues from across NYPL.

Emily Toder worked at Bard High School Early College Queens (BHSECQ) building the Digital Student Archive to “preserve and honor the scholarly and social life” of the BHSECQ community. This project featured the digitization of student work, the aggregation of digital content such as student musical compositions and faculty publications, mock-up designs of the online interface, and explored ways to facilitate the contribution of future student-generated content. The archive aims to document and preserve content created by students and faculty that uniquely captures the history and activities of the school.

Congratulations to this class of funding recipients. The application period for the Fall 2014 Innovative Internship program is currently open.