Starr Center Internships
During the summer, students have opportunities through our Explore America Summer Internship program to work at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions. Past locations have included five different Smithsonian museums, the National Aquarium, the Library of Congress, the Apollo Theater, the Human Rights Campaign, the U.S. House of Representatives, and many others. In addition to providing paid jobs (up to $5,000 summer stipends) and valuable experience, Explore America Internships introduces students to mentors who sometimes change the course of their lives.
Student internships cover a broad range of disciplines including archiving, oral history, digitization, exhibition curation, videography, photography, journalism, communications, website development, and sound engineering. Students from all majors engage in internships with the Starr Center; from history to chemistry, business to English, the Center offers a variety of opportunities to all Washington College students.
Spring 2021 Starr Center Internships
Working with Community Historians Airlee Johnson and Carolyn Brooks, intern(s) will help build an oral history project focused on the African American experience in Kent County. Interns will work together with African American residents in Kent County to record remote oral history interviews and process the materials for archival purposes. Interns will also select and interpret audio excerpts from the interviews pairing them with written reflections and images to highlight on our website’s “Featured Collections” page.
Working with the Starr Center’s Digital Historian & Archivist, Jasmyn Castro, students will digitize and catalogue photographs, film, and written documents related to African American history and culture in Kent County; safely handle and store archived files; and capture important information related to the materials for better understanding and interpretation in the future. Interns might also develop written reflections on these digitized materials to highlight on our website’s "Featured Collections" page.
Working with the Starr Center Director, Members of this team will identify “treasures” of Kent County’s African American history, specifically documents and artifacts — especially from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries — that speak eloquently to the broader past and present. Team members will conduct their own research and work with members of the broader community to tease out the stories embedded in these treasures, sharing them online with the public as part of Chesapeake Heartland: An African American Humanities Project.