Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Seals Project
The Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Seals Online Catalogue is an ongoing project to record and digitize the 17,000 Byzantine lead seals held by Dumbarton Oaks and to publish them online. The Dumbarton Oaks collection is the largest in the world and contains a wealth of information of interest to economic, art, and social historians; prosopographers; and those interested in the Byzantine court, army, administration, and church. The internship will focus on the cataloging of the collection's 1,600 monogrammatic seals. The intern may also contribute to an online exhibit, possibly focused on the administration of the Byzantine Empire. For similar projects, see the Byzantine Imperial Seals and Byzantine Emperors on Coins exhibits.
This project would be perfect for a student with a good command of Classical Greek and Latin and reading knowledge of German. The intern will become familiar with the unique Dumbarton Oaks collection; receive basic training in resolving monograms and data entry; acquire or improve skills at reading, dating, and using Byzantine seals in research; and gain insight into digital cataloging and publication. The intern will also receive training and gain experience with aspects of the Plone Content Management System; Adobe Photoshop; and the Athena Ruby font developed by Dumbarton Oaks for use in the scholarly publication of Byzantine inscriptions.
To apply for the Byzantine Seals Project internship, please send (1) your résumé; (2) a statement of interest describing any relevant experience and how this internship fits into your personal and professional development; and (3) the names of two referees familiar with your scholarly work (preferably as one pdf document) to Internships@doaks.org. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2013.
For more details, please write to Internships@doaks.org.