Interns at Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage (Recovery) and the US Latino Digital Humanities Center (USLDH) at Arte Público Press work closely with archival texts, such as periodicals, manuscripts, photographs, albums, correspondence, books, ephemera and other documents. In doing so, they gain valuable experience with archival collections and asset management. The USLDH Center provides training in digital tools and students contribute to digital humanities data and projects.
They have the opportunity to learn the following skills:
- Scanning of archival items
- Microfilm scanning
- Handling and preserving archival texts
- Inventory of primary documents
- Organizing collections
- Creating finding aids
- Curating exhibits
- Database research
- Primary document research
- Asset management
- Data management (with spreadsheets)
- Metadata creation
- Metadata translation
- Familiarity with Library of Congress Subject Headings
- E-book editing and translation (APP Digital)
- Digital archives (Omeka)
- Digital tools (mapping, timelines, digital collections, OpenRefine)
- Archival theory
- Digital humanities theory
- Academic conference presentations
- Academic conference posters
- Planning an academic conference
- Public writing (Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage blog)
- Project management
- Leading workshops/trainings
Funding for the 2023 internships came from The Mellon Foundation, the Alexandra L. Rowan Memorial Foundation English Writing Internship Program and the SER Jobs-Bank of America Summer Youth Internship Program.
Meet our 2023 Summer Interns
Ayann'ah Batiste is a 2023 Bank of America Summer intern at the University of Houston's Arte Público Press/Recovery the US Hispanic Literary Heritage. She is currently a grant writing fellow at the African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC), a nonprofit organization that, like Arte Público Press, seeks to represent the literary works of marginalized communities. Ayann'ah hopes to develop her research skills and explore the world of nonprofit organizations.
Michelle Garcia is a 2023 Alexandra L. Rowan Memorial Foundation English Writing intern. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Houston majoring in English with a double minor in Mexican-American studies and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Michelle's experiences as a first-generation student have deeply influenced her passion for writing Chicana feminist literature and reading Latino literature. Her goal is to enhance educational access, foster communal mobility and promote cultural competency within higher education systems.
Kai Gomez is a high school student at St. John's school. She is a rising junior and a 2023 summer intern with Arte Público Press/Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage. She hopes to continue volunteering with the programs, and pursue a career in literature.
Valeria González is 2023 USLDH-Mellon intern. She is an undergraduate student majoring in History at the University of Houston. Valeria hopes to continue her education by pursuing graduate school after earning her bachelor’s degree in the Spring of 2024.
Kathleen Ortiz is 2023 intern with Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage (Recovery) through the Rice University program, Leadership Rice Mentorship Experience (LRME). She is a Social Policy Analysis and Sociology undergraduate student at Rice University.
Jacqueline Torres is a 2023 Bank of America Summer intern. She is an undergraduate at the University of Houston-Downtown majoring in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a minor in Digital Marketing. Interning at Arte Público Press will grant her more work experience for her intended future profession.
Celeste Uribe is a 2023 Leadership Rice Mentorship Experience (LRME) program intern. She is an English and Political Science double major at Rice University on the pre-law track. She is interested in attending law school and practicing contract and immigration law to fight discrimination against immigrants of color.