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Student Interns

Student Internships

The University of Exeter’s Digital Humanities Lab offers six paid part-time internships each academic year to undergraduate students who are studying in the faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Digital Humanities internships are a unique opportunity for students who are passionate about devloping their knowledge and skills using digital methods, practical skills and research to gain experience while studying.

The intern team actively contribute to current research and teaching by carrying out 2D and 3D imaging of historic collections, 3D printing and media production. They also support our staff, partners and students to engage with the Lab’s facilities and technical equipment from the advisory desk.‌

Intern projects

You can find out more about our interns and their time in the DH Labs below:

Daisy Finch

Hi, I'm Daisy and I'm one of the Interns for the 2023/24 academic year! While looking for an internship to expand my professional skills ahead of pursuing a Masters, I couldn't believe my luck in finding a position that functioned as a bridge between the two sides of my degree. With a focus on Art History and Visual Culture alongside Maths, Exeter has allowed me to be really flexible in my learning and the Digital Humanities explores these subjects together in a way I hadn't heard of before but was instantly keen to explore. My experiences so far in the labs have already taught me so much and provided new motivation for my degree as I start into my final year, as well as being a welcome balance to my other academic/society work. 

Before joining the DH team, I was involved with cataloguing for the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum on campus, providing me with a solid understanding of archival materials which I wanted to keep pursuing, with an added element of audio-visual experience ahead of pursuing a career in media, and Digital Humanities provided the perfect opportunity to do both. So far, I have really enjoyed working on the Northcott Theatre’s collection of Victorian playbills and I can’t wait to learn more about editing, software as well as how technology can be used to make creative resources accessible across the rest of my time as an intern!

Ellen Reynolds

Hi, I’m Ellen- I’m a second-year undergraduate studying Archaeology with Forensic science. I was introduced to the magic of digital humanities through a module I took in first year, The module introduced me to how accessible we can make artefacts, books and collections to a wider audience and not just those who are fortunate enough to have access them. It also introduced me to how much more information we can gain from seemingly unimportant documents of tabled data and how they can help tell a more intricate story.

I can’t wait to learn and develop more new skills in this internship such as 3D printing and the use of GIS technology to map out the terrains of ancient civilisations which would help my main degree invaluably and may provide a new insight into how archaeology is done in the future. The introduction of technology through photogrammetry and photography helps to preserve organic artefacts or books and it also makes them far more accessible to a wider range of people.

I am very privileged to be working with such a talented team and am really look forward to all the projects that are yet to come.

Anna Ross

Hi! I’m Anna, a fourth-year History student and I have just returned from a year’s placement working as an Academic Mentor in a secondary school and sixth-form college. After participating in the ‘Digital Humanities Festival of the Past’ a few years ago, I gained an insight into the fascinating work the DH team do and began to see how these digital techniques build the foundation for new research methods and theories.

I am looking forward to developing techniques that will increase accessibility to archival material and artefacts. This allows more people to engage with historical sources, that would otherwise be kept in archives, is incredibly important. With a career interest in museums and cultural heritage, the ability to be actively involved in creating these digitised versions of sources is very exciting. Techniques such as 2D digitisation, photogrammetry and RTI allow us to do this and reveal details of the material that may go unnoticed. The ability to work with different organisations on various projects presents opportunities to network and explore various careers with DH is also something I am really looking forward to. DH has really opened my eyes to a whole section of my discipline where I can be hands on with the technology that is at the forefront of digitising material for research. I can’t wait to get started!

Sophie Postans

Hi, I’m Sophie - a second year Chinese, Art History and Visual Culture student! I discovered the Digital Humanities Lab whilst helping in a History of Art talk on an open day as a Student Ambassador and was drawn to the variety of ways in which digital humanities can develop my understanding within my degree, especially the new applications of photographic methods as the development of photography is my favourite topic within History of Art!

When applying, I was particularly drawn to the Hardy Correspondence Project as it gave me an opportunity to learn more about my local history and I hope to be a part of similar projects during the course of my internship! I have thoroughly enjoyed using the photography equipment in the labs to digitise old theatre playbills for Special Collections and I am excited to continue working on this project and other, similar ones in the future! I am really looking forward to developing new skills through my time as a Digital Humanities Intern and I hope to carry these forward through my degree program.

Emily Chircop

Hi! I'm Emily, a second year English and Communications student. Last year, I was fortunate enough to work on the Press Play! Project in the DH Lab and co-produced a podcast engaging with sound archives from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. This introduced me to the digitisation of archival materials and the importance of digital humanities research, which sparked my interest and drew me to apply for the intern role.

I'm excited to continue developing my technical skills through this work - I have especially enjoyed getting involved with photographing materials from special collections in my first few weeks! I am particularly interested in working with the audio-visual facilities and exploring how different mediums (like academic podcasts) can be utilised to increase the accessibility and reach of humanities research. I am eager to learn more about digital humanities and the tools used in this field, and I'm really looking forward to this year at the lab!

Phoebe Holland

Hi! I’m Phoebe and I’m a second year History and Archaeology student. Having moved around the country a lot when I was younger, I’ve developed a real interest in local heritage as it helps me connect with a new place and as an intern at the Digital Humanities Lab I can explore the heritage of Devon in a lot more detail. I suppose you could say I’m very nosey about local history so having access to so many amazing artefacts and historical documents is an incredibly fun and rewarding experience! I’m also not particularly ‘techy’ therefore being an intern is a brilliant opportunity for me to learn as much as I can with plenty of support.

I’m very keen about making information easily accessible for everyone as well as breaking the misconception that history and heritage are boring, elitist subjects. I’m hoping that learning to digitise documents and artefacts using photogrammetry and other methods will provide me with some unique skills for the future after I graduate.


Heide Elton-Miller

Hi,I’m Heide, a third year undergraduate English student. This is my second year of being a Digitial Humanities intern, which I hope to be just as exciting and varied as my previous year. In line with my original goal of preservation and accessibility, I helped to digitise Culver House letters, cassette tape interviews with farmers, Northcott theatre archival material and more. I experienced many of the Lab’s technical areas, such as Digitisiation, Photogrammetry, RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imagery) and 3D printing, and each project came with different requirements and combinations of different skills. I hope to further my experience in the field and explore how digital resources are useful for academic and educational purposes, for those both inside and outside of educational institutions like university 

One of the most enjoyable aspects of working in Digital Humanities is seeing and experiencing new approaches to humanities that are only just emerging as possibilities.Digital humanities revolutionises academic and educational experiences, whether it be from the accessibility of primary materials (via 2D or 3D digitisation) or from assisting practical work (Artificial Intelligence programs, RTI models and 3D models of objects). I am incredibly excited to be involved in such a rapidly developing field, and am looking forward to working on more projects this year!  

Stephen Finlayson

Hello, I’m Stephen- a final year History student. Having spent the third year of my degree living in Venice, I was fortunate enough to take part in a course on the digitisation of public history; we were tasked with using types of software such as GIS and GPS to develop a mobile app which would guide the user across the streets of Venice and teach them about Italian life in the 16th-century. This is where my interest in digital humanities began- utilising technology to improve our understanding of the past. 

I was attracted to the Digital Humanities Lab due to the range of technologies and techniques used to preserve historical artefacts. Photogrammetry, 3D printing and 2D digitisation are just some of the digital practices that I’m looking forward to developing this year. The Digital Humanities Team have been working on some exciting projects recently- including scanning Thomas Hardy’s letters, as well as depictions of famine in early modern India- and I’m looking forward to the range of exciting upcoming projects. I am very eager to work with the team on developing accessible and interactive historical content! 

Jane Marie Zelenik

Hi! I am Jane Marie a third-year Art History, Visual Culture and Classical studies student. I hope to pursue a career in museum education and I am very interested in how museums and galleries can use digital tools, such as those at the Digital Humanities Lab, to increase engagement and accessibility. A particular interest of mine is how these tools can be used to make the humanities more accessible whether through hands on experiences created through 3D printing or enhanced visual experiences as a result of photographic digitisation. Working as an intern at the Digital Humanities Lab allows me to be hands on with fascinating artifacts and to learn about areas of history that are new to me. The facilities that are most exciting to me are the audio-visual labs as an avid podcast listener, I look forward to the opportunity to work with these technologies and build upon my AV skills.

Dayna Hurst

Hi! I’m Dayna, a third year History student. Whilst participating in the DH lab’s cultural heritage festival last year, I was immediately interested in the creative ways DH has transformed learning about the past. I’m so excited to be a part of the intern team this year and already I have learnt so much about 2D digitisation and photography. One great thing about the DH team is their emphasis on learning and experimenting with the technology. In my first weeks here, I have been supported when familiarising myself with the specialist equipment and encouraged to pursue my own interests in projects. In the future I’d like to learn more about 3D modelling and photogrammetry which I think is a fascinating way of making historical collections accessible.

Fabia Shaw


Hi, I’m Fabia, I’m a fourth year english and classical studies student, and I’ve just returned from my year abroad at University College Cork, where I studied archaeology. It’s my second year in the lab, as I was an intern in 2020/1. It’s fantastic to be back, and to have the opportunity to do more things in person. The Lab is a great place to work, and right from the off you’re made to feel like a valued member of the team, and it’s a great feeling to have been able to contribute to massive projects. 


Studying archaeology in Ireland, I saw how influential digital humanities and the growth of technology are in the field; from using drones to discover ancient henges, to using RTI to capture neolithic rock markings on a mountainside boulder, or to uncover unseen details of a worn and weathered high cross. My favourite area of the lab so far has been practicing 3D printing and the photography work. Photographing old film programmes from the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum was a privilege, as everything about them was fascinating - from the beautiful art deco designs, to the dated and disturbing views throughout. 

Isabel Moon

Hi, my name is Isabel, I’m a third-year history student and this is my second year at the Digital Humanities Lab! Staying an intern for another year has allowed me to follow my passion for the preservation of the past and to widen my digital skills. I’ve helped on a variety of projects such as Culver House, interview with farmers, and recently digitising Bill Douglas Museum collections. Working with research fellow Dr Charlotte Tupman, I’ve learnt about OCR and have been managing digitised pages of a 19th century copy of the Valour Ecclesiasticus. My largest and most significant work has been working with the #NamibiaForAll project, designing and publishing their new website, editing and uploading interviews, and recording videos and posters for their shareholders conference. Working as part of such a large and important project has been an amazing experience and through it I’ve been able to develop numerous working skills. I’m looking forward to spending another year as an intern at the Lab!


Isabel Moon

Hi! I’m Isabel and I’m a second-year history student. I have always been passionate about preserving the lives and history of people before us as well as widening the availability of historical collections. For this reason, I am interested in growing my skills around digitisation and digital collections at the Lab. I was attracted to the lab internship because of the opportunity to advance from working with pre-digitised materials, as I had before, to having a more hands-on role within the digitisation process. In addition to this, I was inspired by the opportunity to use technology to look in more detail at historical artefacts and discover aspects about them we might never have before. I look forward to working with technology that will widen our view into the past and expand the availability of collections across both academic and public audiences.

Maya Skelton

Hi, I’m Maya – a third year studying History. After volunteering with the Lab in first year, I am incredibly excited to have been welcomed back to the DH family to learn more about the fab world of digitisation. I am fascinated by the educational potential for digital humanities; with 3D modelling and photogrammetry providing opportunities for museums and collections to become ‘hands on’ in a truly accessible way. In the future I want to work as a fashion history researcher and designer, and so the opportunity also to work with a variety of materials is immensely exciting. I am also the President of the History Society, and work with the Historical Association to deliver a range of talks and volunteer programmes, and so am excited for a potential future volunteer scheme with the Lab to promote first-year participation throughout the Humanities Department.

Jess Mountford

Hi! I’m Jess, a third year Liberal Arts student majoring in Philosophy. I’m passionate about making knowledge accessible to as many people as possible, which is what originally drew me to apply to be a Digital Humanities Intern. Having worked in the lab for a few weeks now, I feel that I’ve learnt so much more about the specific techniques and equipment involved in conservation and digitisation. Currently, I’m keen to learn more about 3D modelling and 3D printing - there is enormous potential to use these technologies to make artefacts more accessible to the public, and in terms of returning original artefacts to their country of origin and replacing them with 3D replicas. I am also excited to use the RTI equipment to analyse wax seals and embossing found on old letters. I’m sure as the year goes on I’ll find many more areas of interest, and I’m looking forward to being involved in lots of different projects!

Heide Elton-Miller

Hello, I’m Heide, a second-year undergraduate English student. My time as a DH intern so far has already been filled with exciting experiences, such as the 2D digitisation of the Culver house letters. I find personal historical objects like these letters fascinating, as they provide a unique insight into the personal life of the individual during the period.  

I am really looking forward to experiencing all of the technology and skills that the Lab has to offerI am interested in the preservation of objects, meaning I am especially looking forward to 2D digitisation and photogrammetry. I also enjoy how fragile and valuable objects, usually hidden from the public for their safety, can be freely shared and accessed through the process of digitisationIn my eyes, it creates a more personal way of consuming historical content, rather than the distant way we are accustomed to (such as in exhibitions)Techniques like TEI text encoding increase the accessibility of these objects further. The proliferation of accessible, digital, historical content is something that excites me, and I am eager to aid as a Digital Humanities Intern! 

Olivia Rees

Hi, I’m Olivia, a second year English student. I’m particularly interested in creating media that is accessible to a wide audience. Whether this includes podcasts, short films, or 3D models, I love finding new ways of sparking people's interest in the humanities. Due to previous voluntary experience, I have a keen interest in Egyptology and Classics as well as literature and am looking forward to working closely with artifacts. 

Laura Jones

Hi, I'm Laura- third year Archaeology and History student undertaking a Year in Industry this year. Thanks to my DH family, I am extremely lucky to have returned for a second year as a DH intern! In my first year, I really enjoyed experimenting with RTI, photogrammetry, GIS and 2D digitisation- here's me in the summer digitising material from the Northcott Theatre Archive for Special Collections. I love the range of project work and material that comes into the lab- no two days are the same! For my second year, I will explore further my specialisms from first year whilst learning more about the technical side. Great way to practise some coding! Alongside my internship I am undertaking my Year in Industry placement within the Archaeology department assisting research on material culture for the AHRC Medieval Warhorse project- Twitter handle @AHRCWarhorse. As I head closer to finishing my degree, I aim to combine my research and knowledge with my growing passion for the Digital Humanities and Archaeology. I'm looking forward to assisting with more research projects within the Lab in 2021! 

Connor Spence

Hello! I’m Connor, a fourth year English with Study Abroad student. After a year out, I am over the moon to be working with the team in the lab again. In my previous stint as an intern I focussed on 2D digitisation and TEI text encoding, including working on a project with colleagues at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. This year I am looking to further my skills in other areas of Digital Humanities, including audio digitisation and Reflectance Transformation Imaging, as well as working with new projects to share our work with our community in Exeter and worldwide.

Olivia Rees

Hi, I’m Olivia, a first year English student. I’m particularly interested in creating media that is accessible to a wide audience. Whether this includes podcasts, short films, or 3D models, I love finding new ways of sparking people's interest in the humanities. Due to previous voluntary experience, I have a keen interest in Egyptology and Classics as well as literature and am looking forward to working closely with artifacts. 

Clara El-Akiki

Hi! I’m Clara, a fourth year undergraduate student of Arabic and Middle Eastern Politics. 
My studies focus on language and knowledge production, rethinking the dynamics that dictate who has access to knowledge as well as its production and distribution. 
The Digital Humanities is such an exciting field to be working in a climate where information and education are more valuable than ever. I am passionate about supporting virtual platforms as a means to increase the accessibility of knowledge, in particular that which concerns the social sciences, humanities and the arts, for all. I am excited to be working with the Digital Humanities Lab promoting and making accessible innovative, creative and inclusive learning spaces within the University and beyond. 

Courtney Priday 

Hi, I’m Courtney. I’m a third year English student and most interested in text encoding and 2D digitisation. I’m looking forward to learning how to use specialist equipment in the lab and to expand my knowledge of TEI. I’m really excited about the interdisciplinary nature of digital humanities and how this can expand our understanding of literary texts. 

Fabia Shaw

Hi, I’m Fabia. I’m a second year Classical Studies and English student. I’m really interested in examining physical material - the older the better! I also enjoy photography and visual editing, especially as part of my digital art, and so I’ve really loved working with the cameras in the lab. I’m most excited to learn more about 3D printing in the new term, and how printing can be used as a teaching aid. 

Eve Alderson
BA History and French
I’m Eve, a fourth year History and French student. As an aspiring archivist I am particularly interested in 2D digitisation techniques which allow us to study more closely and preserve historical documents and manuscripts, as well as the use of digital archives, to make them accessible to the wider public. I am really excited to have the opportunity to get experience in using the specialist equipment in the Lab and to get involved in projects alongside the Digital Humanities team.

Francis Elsender
BA Theology
I’m Francis, a third year theology student with a great love of all emerging technologies and how they can facilitate new ways of learning about the arts and humanities. Traditional teaching methods can be limiting as people learn in a variety of different ways and as such, my interests lie in assisting with the creation of all the media resources that the lab produces. From podcasts to videos, my hope is they can inspire others to be interested in the humanities whilst showcasing the best of what the lab has to offer.

Sophie Hammond
BA History
I’m Sophie, a final year History student. I am particularly interested in 2D digitisation and preservation of historical material. I also hope to learn more about the process of 3D printing during my year as a Digital Humanities Intern. I believe that the immersive experiences achieved by 3D printing provide an incredibly innovative way for mass audiences to access the past from a fresh and unique perspective. To be at the forefront of Digital Humanities research is an exciting prospect, as is the opportunity to make documents and artefacts accessible to a diverse audience.

Laura Jones
BA History and Archaeology
Hi, I’m Laura, a second year History and Archaeology student. What attracted me to the Digital Humanities was the accessibility and preservation of heritage, its wider interdisciplinary approach and how its application shapes creativity and innovation. Specifically, I am interested in how the Digital Humanities are used for landscapes such as townscapes and structural features within them in archaeology through the use of 3D techniques, GIS and LiDAR. I also wish to explore how photogrammetry and RTI can be used to provide extra visualisation and interpretation of artefacts.

Jordan Lloyd-Head
BA History
I’m Jordan, a second year History student. I am interested in Digital Humanities primarily because of its collaborative and creative nature, involving multiple skills types, disciplines and people which provide new ways of thinking about the past. I am particularly fascinated by 2D digitisation and archival photography as a new way of engaging with historical artefacts and texts and look forward to developing these skills further this year.

Tumisang Mbedzi
BSc Archaeology with Forensic Science
I am a 3rd year Archaeology and Forensic Science student with a keen interest in 3D printing techniques and photogrammetry I have high anticipation the experience will contribute to answering some of the questions I have with emphasis on 3D manipulation and structure building to represent ancient hominin species. This will be a great opportunity to learn and expand my horizons in the field with an increasing versatility.

Ciprian Lungescu
BA Archaeology 

Connor Spence
BA English

Corey Hamilton
BA English

Dan Brock
BA Ancient History and Archaeology

Eleanor Mason
BA Classics and Ancient History 

Ollie Anthony
BA Archaeology and Anthropology



Daniel Wakefield
BA English

Emily Earp
BA English 

Hannah Britton
BA Archaeology

Hannah Houghton
BA English

Eleanor Mason
BA Classics and Ancient History

Keziah Pugh
BA History and Spanish




Laura Jones - BA History and Archaeology

How has your internship at the Digital Humanities Lab helped you to prepare for work and study? 

Coming back into university as a mature student who has already had a career, the internship has helped me develop the skills such as leadership and creativity that I already had. It has also helped me look at how to conduct further research in fields I am interested in and how to apply digital techniques to them. Something which will help me when pursuing the next stage of my degree and future opportunities.

What are your career plans/ destinations? 

As I am now at the end of my second year, I am looking for a placement in industry, where I hope I can apply my digital skills further in different contexts. Before the internship I was set on working within museums or archaeological research but the internship has now made me question this. I know wonder how I could apply my Digital Humanities knowledge to careers I like and research I want to carry out. It also has made me look into careers within archaeology/cultural heritage that are linked to digital skills. I hope when I return to Exeter in last year after placement I can use my knowledge within my dissertation.

What are your ambitions for career progression? 

In relation to career progression, I wish to still progress to roles that are linked to cultural preservation but looking at it from different angles that do include digital preservation. I also have a great interest in GIS applications and its role within cultural heritage, so this is a field I think I may also want to progress within at some point.

Can you recommend any careers in cultural heritage or subject related areas with a digital element, Humanities data or libraries & archives for Exeter applicants? 

Digital Preservationist, Digital Archives Assistant, Project Archivist, GIS consultant, Software Engineer, Geospatial Data Scientist, Project Supervisor, Post-excavation Officer (in Archaeology), Curator.


Eve Alderson - BA History and French

How has your Internship at the Digital Humanities Lab helped you to prepare for work and study? 

This internship has allowed my develop skills both digital humanities related and more general to the world of work. With regard to my DH skills, I have had the opportunity to be trained in 2D and 3D Digitisation, 3D printing and Audio-Visual techniques,which will all be useful as I hope to enter a career in cultural heritage in the future. More generally, tasks such as working behind the desk, loaning equipment, looking after the lab spaces and providing technical support have all enabled me to develop my skills in communication, organisation and teamwork.

What are your career plans/ destinations? 

Having just completed my BA in History and French, I am looking to go into further study next year. I plan to undertake an MSc in Museum Studies at the University of Glasgow where I can use and further develop the digital skills I have learnt during this internship, with the end goal of establishing a career in cultural heritage.

What are your ambitions for career progression? 

After completing my masters, I aspire to build a career within museums and heritage where I can hopefully progress to a senior/leadership role, using the skills I have developed during my time as an intern in the Digital Humanities Lab.

Can you recommend any careers in cultural heritage or subject related areas with a digital element, Humanities data or libraries & archives for Exeter applicants?  

Curator, Librarian, Archivist, Digital Preservationist, Conservator, Academic, Digital Archivist.


Daniel Brock - BA Ancient History and Archaeology

Hi! I'm Dan, a recent Ancient History and Archaeology graduate of the University of Exeter. I spent my third and final year of study working 10-15 hours a week as an Advisory Intern at the Digital Humanities Lab before graduating and becoming a full time member of the Digital Humanities Team.


What are the work and study progressions you made following your Exeter graduation and Internship at the DH Lab? 

After graduation, I spent further year working at the Lab as the Technical Assistant. This was the perfect choice for me because it meant that I could actively engage with research across the College of Humanities whilst saving towards the cost of a Master’s degree – an MSc in Geographical Information Science at the University of Edinburgh.

How has your Internship at the Digital Humanities Lab helped you to prepare for work and study?

Working at the Digital Humanities Lab was a wonderful opportunity which complimented my studies perfectly.  The role allowed me to develop technical knowledge and engage with research structures within the University which I wouldn't otherwise have had the opportunity to do. It enabled me to contribute meaningfully to research within the College and work with academics in a professional capacity.

Tell us about your current work, study or Internship…

Upon graduating, I had the wonderful chance to take on a full-time role at the Lab, taking responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Lab spaces and on-the-job training of our fantastic intern team. This role enabled me to remain a part of this unique team and research environment. 

What are your ambitions for career progression?

It's difficult to know exactly what the future holds. I certainly hope to have completed my master’s degree by the end of 2021, and to then move into a career in research – possibly by pursuing a PhD. Whatever the case, I'm sure that I'll have plenty of opportunities which wouldn't otherwise have been available to me if not for my time at the Digital Humanities Lab.


Sophie Hammond - BA History

How has your Internship at the Digital Humanities Lab helped you to prepare for work and study?

The Digital Humanities internship has provided me with invaluable experience of working within a dynamic and energetic team. As teamwork is a core aspect of the internship, I have developed strong communicational skills and have enjoyed being able to contribute my ideas within group discussions. Working on the Advisory Desk has also allowed me to strengthen my organisational skills, as well as developing my confidence when helping clients. These skills are highly transferable and will be very beneficial in any future job.

What are your career plans/ destinations?

As a History student, I am very interested in making the past accessible to a broad audience. My experience of 2D digitisation in the Lab has sparked my interest in digital preservation, and I would like to pursue a career in this area. I am also very interested in how Digital Humanities interacts with arts, culture and heritage and am looking to gain further experience in this sector.

What are your ambitions for career progression?

I am currently planning on taking a year out to travel, before applying for graduate jobs that commence in London next summer. In this time, I have also applied for a remote internship with an archive in Cornwall. I am excited to explore the possible career paths within Digital Humanities, as there are so many interesting job opportunities available!


Ollie Anthony - BA Archaeology and Anthropology (Exeter) & MSc Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology (Oxford)

What are the work and study progressions you made following your Exeter graduation and Internship at the DH Lab?

Since completing my summer internship with the Digital Humanities Lab in September 2019, I soon after began studying for my Master’s in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology at the University of Oxford, as a member of St Cross College. Much like my time I spent at Exeter, I have been quite active in making use of the University’s careers service and so have been fortunate to secure some further work alongside my studies. In particular, I have recently carried out an internship with the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR), based in the Netherlands. My objectives were to carry out research for selected sites of contested history, such as statues, street names and monuments, and to write a report based on one or two of these.

How did your Internship at the Digital Humanities Lab help you to prepare for work and study?

One of the more obvious skills I developed whilst working at the Lab was my ability to use a variety of digital software. I have since found it much easier to work with new and similar programmes, such as during my time volunteering with the Ashmolean Museum. I worked on a project digitising a collection of early print portraits and, despite the software being different to those used in the Lab, I was able to understand the processes and functions much quicker than had I tried with no prior experience.

More broadly, I have found that my time management and organisational skills have massively improved since working with the Lab in Exeter. Being responsible for bookings in the Lab calendar enabled me to develop management skills which have been invaluable throughout my Masters, with substantially increased workloads compared to my undergraduate study.

Tell us about your current work, study or Internship…

The course I am currently enrolled on (MSc in Visual Material and Museum Anthropology, or VMMA for short) offers students the chance to explore some of the most exciting issues in anthropology today, particularly in developing a critical understanding of meanings and practices surrounding material and visual culture in different cultural contexts. I am lucky enough to have the Pitt Rivers Museum as a tool to aid in this exploration and look forward to writing my dissertation up over the next few months within which I will be questioning the role of conservation in museum contexts.

What are your ambitions for career progression?

Of course, my career plans are very much up in the air at the minute, particularly with the impact of the Coronavirus lockdown on museums now coming to light. Another internship I secured, with the intention of beginning in September, was with Perm University in Russia as a Museums and Archaeology intern, also working with their Digital Humanities facilities (my experience with the Lab in Exeter was, again, useful in securing this internship), however this has sadly been cancelled. Between now and the end of my course I will therefore be on the lookout for any job openings with relevance to heritage or curation, potentially as an Assistant Curator or Research Assistant.


Katie Learmont - BA History (Exeter) & MA Library and Information Studies (UCL)

What are the work and study progressions you made following your work at the DH Lab?

After I left the Digital Humanities Lab as the lab’s Technical Assistant I joined the civil service as an assistant librarian. It has been non-stop ever since!

How did your work at the Digital Humanities Lab help you to prepare for work and study?

The tasks I perform currently are quite different to the ones I undertook working at the Digital Humanities Lab, as whilst the lab is heritage-based and still deals with physical objects for digitisation I now work for the civil service in a fully digital library. However, working in the lab helped me to manage staff and projects effectively, provide excellent customer service and organise Outlook mailboxes, all of which have been very practical and useful skills for my current role! The library I work in now also produces maps for government departments using a software called ArcGIS and I probably wouldn’t know what on earth GIS software was had I not worked at the lab or learned about digital humanities! The Lab Manager Emma was also very helpful in providing tips and advice for career progression, such as how I could become CILIP accredited.

I think the fact that I am now working in quite a different environment demonstrates how great becoming a technical assistant or advisory intern is for developing one’s career, it gives you so many options and makes you very multi-skilled! You can go off and work in museums or galleries, or you can go down the more IT/ technical side of things. Increasingly companies are looking for more and more job candidates with digital humanities related skills.

Tell us about your current work, study or Internship…

At the moment I’m working as an Assistant Librarian at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, which is fascinating and very busy! I work for the Knowledge and Information Management Team (KIM Team) which deals with information management services, maps, library work and managing the staff intranet and other Office 365 platforms. I mainly work on the library side, so my tasks include providing users with subscriptions to publications (e.g. the Economist), purchasing and promoting new library resources and publishing information on the staff intranet. There are opportunities to move around the team and shadow other parts of the office, meaning there is never a dull moment!

What are your ambitions for career progression?

Ideally I would like to work my way up the library career ladder, so in 5 years’ time I aim to be a librarian and then after that a senior librarian, gradually building up my skills and increasing my responsibilities. However, as there’s always the debate about whether libraries as we know them will still exist in the future, so maybe I won’t be in a traditional ‘librarian’ role but something like an information policy officer or similar. I would quite like to stay in the civil service, but I’ve also enjoyed working in art and academic libraries so maybe I’ll try working in a different sector in the future if I get bored! Working at the Foreign Office has also given me food for thought about whether to stay in libraries at all, maybe I’ll go overseas or become an ambassador…


Connor Spence - BA English

How has your Internship at the Digital Humanities Lab helped you to prepare for work and study? 

I have not graduated as of yet, but I have used the experience gained from my Digital Humanities Advisory Internship to take a project role, and apply for various other roles in the university, including on the new Project Enhance.

My role at the Digital Humanities Lab gave me a knowledge of the inner workings of University, and what it is like to work there rather than be a student. It gave me a great opportunity to be a part of active research projects, making discoveries and helping academics to further their field which is a great fun and looks good on CV’s when applying for jobs in the future. It has also given me knowledge into very specialist areas of humanities, which I will certainly take forward into my teaching, but may also further with my own dissertation project.

Tell us about your current work, study or Internship…

My current role is as Research Intern (Impact) for the AHRC funded Famine Tales project. My role involves speaking closely with our collaborators and artists in India and sharing the work that we do with the public. This is currently being done through our social media accounts, but as soon as the world opens up more, will be done through the exhibitions we are creating in London and Exeter.

What are your ambitions for career progression? 

I have a couple of options for progression, which I have not yet decided upon. One of my options is to continue to further study, inspired by my work within the Digital Humanities Lab. There are a number of masters schemes in the UK and around the world (like that at UBCO where I visited last year) that focus on Digital Humanities and my experiences as an intern in the Lab set me up perfectly to undertake these. If I don’t go into academia, I will use the digital skills I have garnered to help me in whatever field I choose to go into. Knowledge of technology (especially Word, Outlook and Excel) are vital in all workplaces, and my experience with these in the Lab will prove vital.


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