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DHDK Student Internship Experiences


Giulia, immatriculation year 2020-21 


Experience period: February - July 2022: 

I carried out my internship experience as a Conversation Designer at Oversonic Robotics. The company is a robotics and automation environment dealing with the implementation of a Cognitive Humanoid Robot, named RoBee and now built in multiple versions. During the internship I dealt with many tasks in the field of Natural Language Processing, working on the design, creation and development of the conversational skills of the robot interacting with the users. In the beginning, the tasks were more focused on the voicebot format throughout Dialogflow CX platform, but then with the manifold possibilities unleashed by the Generative Pre-Trained Transformer technologies (known as GPT) I started to deal with prompt engineering working on texts that would have become the knowledge base of the robot in a generative model trained by an external company. I had also to work on testing and some python programming for general maintenaince of the different cloud functions for the voice area. To conclude, I really enjoyed this experience since it gave me the chance to learn many new practical things in the field of NLP and to test myself in a team and working environment. At the end of the internship, I was asked to continue working with the team and I kept my role as conversation designer till February 2023. 

Constance, immatriculation year 2020-21


"I did my internship in preparation for the thesis at the company Odoma, working on their project in collaboration with the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. Most of the work was done remotely, with one transfer to the museum to visit the institution and meet the different people me and my DHDK colleague were working with. My task was to compare and analyse different software and IT tools for digitising the museum's collection labels and extracting the information written on them. Another task was to transcribe a sample of labels for future training of handwritten text recognition models on the museum's label collection. My colleague and I then wrote reports summarising our findings and gave a final presentation to conclude our internship. 

Overall, it was a very interesting experience that allowed me to develop my skills and experience the real challenges of digitising the collection of a prestigious cultural institution."

Sara, immatriculation year 2019-20, 

CURRICULAR INTERNSHIP at Progettinrete srl, Florence, Italy 

Experience period November-December 2021: 

“I worked as a Database Manager and Data Curation Intern at Progettinrete, in Florence, Italy – a company operating as a technological partner in enhancing the ecosystem of academic activities, implementing digital services and solutions in academic publishing and digital humanities. My activities mainly dealt with the creation and management of SQL databases. I collected an curated various types of data, finding suitable metadata to describe them (XML and different standards) and carried out some literature reviews and general research on appropriate data management. I also dealt with the management and use of editing platforms for web publications, including markup languages as HTML and related technologies. When needed, I also took part in projects management and relationships with clients and collaborating structures. It was a challenging experience to get to know the work environment of a company working in the DH field – to understand differences and similarities with the academic world.” 

Katarina, immatriculation year 2018-19,

INTERNSHIP AND PREPARATION FOR THE FINAL EXAMINATION at DH.ARC Digital Humanities Advanced Research Centre & ADLab, University of Bologna 

Experience period: March 2021 – February 2022 

"As a part of my internship, I firstly dealt with the organisation of the workflow within the digitisation laboratory ADLab of the Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies. As a result, I produced a dedicated bilingual manual which serves to describe and assist the complete lifecycle of a digitisation project, from the digitisation processes to the post-production of the digitised materials and their successive storage and dissemination on the web. Another project I started and successfully completed, that subsequently took part of my master’s thesis, was to create an Omeka-S environment (template) for virtual exhibitions of the above-mentioned Department, which is still being used. All the tasks that I took up during my internship served as a perfect opportunity to put into practice the notions covered by DHDK, in particular the knowledge and skills linked to the area “library, archive, museum and information science”. 


Michela, immatriculation year 2018-19,


Experience period September - December 2020:

“I completed the curricular internship and the internship in preparation for my thesis at a marketing company in Rimini that deals with communication strategies and brand development. My role during the internships was to work on the development of a new brand, called Rimini Old School, and the implementation of its platform. The project is now the subject of my thesis. Rimini Old School is a new brand, developed to collect and preserve the recent history of Rimini through the protagonists of the 70s, 80s and 90s, a period that allowed the city to become the most famous Italian tourist destinations related to youth entertainment and that gave it the name of “Italian Las Vegas”. During the internship I carried out various activities and dealt with different topics, including: historical research and data collection on tourism in Rimini from its origins to the present day; analysis of the tourism context in Rimini today; research of direct competitors; analysis of the communication channels of competitors and their websites; identification of the differentiating idea of our brand; delineation and study of our target market; research of the brand purpose; creation of the action plan; development of the business model canvas; development of the design idea and technical implementation of the Rimini Old School platform. The internships allowed me to combine different types of skills and to acquire new ones, through the analysis and development of the activities included in three macro areas of teaching proposed by DHDK, which are: computer science, historical/cultural context and economy/law/communication."


Davide, immatriculation year 2018-19,

INTERNSHIP AND PREPARATION FOR THE FINAL EXAMINATION at Cineca Visit Lab (all the activities were carried out remotely)

Experience period October 2020 - December 2020:

“I worked as digital curator, taking care of Cineca Visit Lab's archives. I was given three hard disks with all the files that the laboratory created over its years of activity. I had to reorganize them removing double and useless files to make the hard disks lighter. When I understood that some files belonged to a specific project, I had to put all the files together. The hard disks were reorganized according to the macro areas I found while analyzing them. Therefore, for example, all files related to Blender courses were put together, as well as all files related to Apa project and so on. In succession, I had to choose a metadata standard able to describe these objects. I added metadata to all the files I reorganized, in order to improve information retrieval and the long-term usability of the files. The metadata were written down in a CSV file which I shared with the people-in-charge of Cineca Visit Lab.”


Francesca, immatriculation year 2018-19,

CURRICULAR INTERNSHIP at Future Education, Modena (Italy)

Experience period March-April 2020:

“I carried out R&D, educational and scientific communication activities in the linguistics domain aimed at improving the quality and impact of educational experiences through the use of innovative methods and technologies. Even though I mostly worked from home, I was able to understand the dynamics of the working environment. After the internship, I was asked to continue working with the team.”


Lucia, immatriculation year 2018-19,

CURRICULAR INTERNSHIP at University of Antwerp, Belgium

Experience period February-March 2020:

“I have developed a data mining project at the Special Collection Department of the University of Antwerp. The research focused the study of Sammelbände, ancient volumes containing several texts collected and bound together. The research was based on the study of the database of all libraries in the Antwerp area (ANET) with the aim of identifying patterns in the composition of these volumes (e.g. trends related to authors, topics etc.). The analysis and querying of the data was carried out through the use of the relational database management system SQLite and the programming language Python.”

Bruno, immatriculation year 2017-2018,

INTERSHIP ABROAD at LiNHD - Laboratorio de humanidades digitales, Madrid (Spain)

Experience period March - May 2019:

“I worked on the development of a Deep Learning project to apply sentiment analysis and emotion mining to poetry. I also helped with the development of the POSTDATA ontology. It was a really interesting experience to be able to work in a research group with people coming from different backgrounds and to apply the knowledge learned during the MD. I definitely reccomend this experience :)”