Linguist List Project Intern


A limited number of internship positions for the summer of 2013 are available at the LINGUIST offices in Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor, Michigan. These positions are for students studying in the linguistic fields of Computational Linguistics, General Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, and Language Documentation. The position pays $7.40/hour

Internships are available for a three-month period between May and August 2013.

Interns will have the opportunity to participate in the daily operations of the LINGUIST List and its parent organization, the Institute for Language Information and Technology (ILIT) at Eastern Michigan University. ILIT serves the discipline of linguistics by providing digital tools and services that sustain the scientific analysis of language, and by disseminating high-quality language data and linguistic information. In addition to the LINGUIST List website and mailing list, ILIT manages a number of grant-funded projects to develop the cyberinfrastructure of linguistics; interns may expect to work primarily on two of these projects:

Catalogue of Endangered Languages (ELCat) ( The Catalogue of Endangered Languages is a collaborative effort by the LINGUIST List and the University of Hawai'i Manoa to produce a comprehensive, reliable, up-to-date source of information about the world's endangered languages.  Tasks for this project may include bibliographic research on the endangered languages of Africa and Australia; gathering of information pertinent to endangered languages; and processing user feedback from the Endangered Languages Project website.

MultiTree ( The MultiTree project is a digital library of scholarly hypotheses about language relationships and subgroupings. This information is organized in a searchable database with a web interface, and each hypothesis is presented graphically as a diagram of a family tree. Tasks for this project include researching language relationship hypotheses and entering this information into the MultiTree database.

Interns may also work peripherally on the General Ontology for Linguistic Description (GOLD) (, the Lexical Enhancement via the GOLD Ontology (LEGO) project (, or Language and Location: A Map Accessibility Project (LL-MAP) (, in addition to assisting with the LINGUIST List mailing list and website.

Work Schedule

Interns will work 40 hours per week in the LINGUIST offices in Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Minimum Education Level: No Minimum

Special Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:

  • Comfort with a variety of computer applications and ability to learn new technologies quickly
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills
  • Ability to manage deadlines
  • Polished writing and correspondence skills
  • Ability to interact professionally with people of different backgrounds
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

Application Process and Deadlines

To apply for an internship position, please fill out the internship application form available online.

Application materials include an academic transcript, a roughly 1000-word statement of interest, and (optionally) a letter of recommendation and resume.

The deadline for applications is January 14th, 2013.

Applicants will be contacted early in February; phone interviews with finalists will be scheduled for mid-February.

Internship Credit

Students may earn up to three hours of elective credit for the successful completion of this internship.

To be eligible for internship credit, students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.25 in their degree program. In addition, applicants must have completed at least nine hours of writing courses at the 3000-level.

Enrollment in WRTG 4385 requires approval by Dr. Francie Bolter, Internship Coordinator.