Digital Capture and Metadata Internship or Volunteer Opportunity

Depending on the project assignment, all interns and volunteers report to the Director of Special Collections or University Archivist. Interns and volunteers play an active role in Special Collections by helping the repository digitally capture manuscript, archival, museum, and published material using flatbed scanners and digital cameras following standards defined in our Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials. Once materials have been digitized, interns and volunteers edit digital objects using tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, Audacity, and other digital editing software applications. Interns and volunteers also create robust, descriptive metadata as defined in our Metadata Application Profile for Digital Collections.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Create large volume of high-quality digital images
  • Track image production and workflow
  • Consistently and accurately name image files

Required Qualifications

  • MocsMail or Gmail account
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work accurately and independently in busy environment
  • Working knowledge of office productivity software, such as Microsoft Office and Google Drive
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience using digital capture technology such as flatbed scanners and/or digital cameras
  • Experience transcribing interviews and/or handwritten documents
  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and other processing software applications to capture, manipulate, save, and print images


  • Transcribing interviews and field recordings in the Ralph W. Hood and W. Paul Williamson Holiness Churches of Appalachia Recordings and Interviews digital collection.
  • Scanning, editing, and transcribing the journals of Chattanooga naturalist, Robert Sparks Walker.