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Wikipedia Internship

The OSU Library seeks a creative researcher with strong writing and digital media skills to serve as the WIKIPEDIA INTERN.The successful candidate will work with the Library’s Special Collections/University Archives, Digital Initiatives, Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, and Communications units to increase the visibility of our archival sources on Wikipedia.

The WIKIPEDIA INTERN will work 10-15 hours per week during the spring semester. Hours will be scheduled Monday-Friday between 8 am and 5 pm.

Employment as an intern is on a semester by semester basis. Continued employment is contingent upon funding and performance. This position may be eligible for internship credit for some majors. Filing for credit is the responsibility of the student.

Salary:

$11.50/hour

Responsibilities:

The WIKIPEDIA INTERN will work collaboratively with a number of library researchers and with Wikipedia personnel to learn how to identify, edit and/or add information to Wikipedia articles that pertain to primary and secondary source material held by the OSU Libraries, and perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • OSU student enrolled at least part-time (6 hours undergraduate/ 4 hours graduate).
  • Familiarity with the use of Wikipedia articles.
  • Comfort asking questions, seeking feedback and interacting in a wiki environment. 
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and ability to work on PC.
  • Ability to maintain professional decorum in a team environment and accept constructive feedback on writing.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Completion of a research class within the student’s major.
  • Experience writing for public audiences.
  • Experience developing websites or web content.
  • Knowledge of basic HTML.

Application Instructions:

This position is currently filled.

Applicants must submit:

For additional information, please visit or contact the Dean's Office at 744-6322.

Shown below: The intern will help highlight OSU collections and improve Wikipedia by teaching Library employees and the community more about the online community.


More about this Internship

Majors considered:

  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • History
  • Students interested in pursuing an MLIS

Outcomes:

  • The intern will learn best practices for communicating in the social media environment
  • The intern will learn basic PhotoShop skills
  • The intern will learn about brand messaging
  • The intern will learn how to market archival collections

Benefits for the student:

  • The student will learn how to market a service/product using social media.
  • The student will learn how to develop a brand voice and develop messaging true to that voice.
  • The student will learn how to develop story ideas suitable for a variety of media.
  • The student will build on-camera and media training skills.
  • The student will build photography and photo editing skills.
  • The student will become familiar with archival standards for photographs.
  • The student will have responsibility for a project from start to finish.
  • The student will complete the internship with portfolio items suitable to present to potential employers.

Benefits to the Library:

  • The Library will revitalize existing social media accounts.
  • The Library will engage a more diverse audience by maintaining distinct accounts and highlighting diverse materials.
  • The Library will improve promotion and raise the profile of its extensive Special Collections and University Archives.

Additional notes:

  • This intern will report to both the Interim Head of Special
  • Collections and University Archives and the Senior Communications Specialist.