The fall semester prepares the foundation students need to understand primary sources and primary source research.
The spring semester is dedicated to conducting research and processing the collections.
Your first step in applying for the Learning Lab is to confirm the following credentials:
While we do accept sophomores, we give preference to those who will be juniors and seniors during their internship.
Read about the program to see if this program interests you. If you want further information or would like to discuss it in more detail, please contact the program director, Carol Street at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read through the list of available collections and select one or two that interest you. Think about what interests you about the collections and explore ideas you might have on what research using those materials would look like. You will be asked to write a brief essay (under 250 words) in the application to describe your interests and what you hope to learn from working with these primary sources.
No matter the size of the collection, think about the subject, why you are interested in it, and what you would hope to learn from it. You are welcome to look at previous Learning Lab intern projects for ideas on how other students explored their collections. We don't expect you to have a detailed essay at this point, but we are looking for curiosity, interest in research, and creative ideas. Your essay is the most important element of your application.
Now that you've selected the collection or collections you're interested in and written your essay, then the only thing to do is to apply for the internship. Applications are accepted annually in the Spring.
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