Digital Scholarship Internships

The LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Internship program provides a UT upper-division undergraduate or graduate student a paid opportunity to work closely with LLILAS Benson staff to support digital scholarship efforts.

2021 Interns

Adriana LinaresAdriana Linares-Palma is an archaeologist and a PhD student at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, at The University of Texas at Austin. Her current focus of study is a community-based archaeological program at the Ixil region, Guatemala, as an ongoing project that is discussing with ancestral authorities the benefits and risks of conducting archaeological research in their communities. Her research interests include Community-based Archaeology, Feminist and Intersectional Archaeology, Decolonization of Archaeology, Indigenous Studies, Multivocality, Mesoamerican Archaeology and Women Figurines. Her internship project will focus on intersectional mapping of archaeological research policies in Guatemala, focusing on two periods: the creation of seven archaeological parks (1945-1954) and the present (2019-2021).

Alexandra MendezAlexandra Mendez an MA candidate in Latin American Art History and Visual Studies from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her research focuses on the photographic and video production of Cuban artist Juan Carlos Alom during the time known as the “Special Period in Times of Peace.” She has interned with the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico, Landmarks UT, and the Blanton Museum of Art. She will work closely with LLILAS Benson Latin American partners to develop digital humanities projects based on their collections.

Estefania RodriguezEstefania Rodriguez is a fourth-year Latin American Studies, International Relation and Global Studies, and Journalism triple major. Her research is centered on student movements and mass mobilizations, popular education, and carceral studies, specifically in a Latin American context. Estefania’s work is driven by her belief in the power of community collaboration and as a LILAS intern, she hopes to work to make accessible educational resources for the youth. During her internship, she will trace the process of desegregation in Texas schools from the 1920s to the 1970s, specifically focusing on its impacts on Mexican American students, to build a dynamic pedagogical resource.

Jennyfer RodriguezJennyfer Rodríguez (She/Her/Hers/Ella) is a queer Guatemalan immigrant committed to an intersectional pedagogy of liberation, and to the relocation of resources and reparations for minoritized Central American communities in academia and beyond. She is currently completing a master’s program in Latin American Studies and a master’s portfolio in Native American and Indigenous Studies. With a background in Central American and Transborder Studies as well as in Spanish Linguistics, Rodríguez’s research focuses on the cultural production of Indigenous and Black Central Americans by historicizing the various forms of literary traditions to reimagine the study of Sociolinguistics and Literature. In this sense, digital scholarship tools are pivotal to her efforts towards the analysis and incorporation of Central American Cultural Studies in higher education curricula. She will work closely with LLILAS Benson Latin American partners to develop digital humanities projects based on their collections.

Past Interns

FALL 2020

Vanessa Garcia Hutchins is a second-year graduate student at the School of Information, specializing in archives and digital humanities. In her goal to make cultural heritage accessible through archival science, she brings together her background in art history and education. Vanessa holds a Master of Arts in Art History from UT Austin and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Visual Arts Education from CUNY Brooklyn College. She has over six years of experience in the nonprofit and education field, including three years as an elementary school art teacher. Her recent experiences in the information profession include her role as a Teaching Assistant at the iSchool, a volunteer at the Austin History Center, and a participant in “The Art Historical Image in the Digital Age” 2019 summer institute at the American Academy in Rome. During her internship, Vanessa curated a digital collection of primary sources related to Antonio López de Santa Anna — a 19th century Mexican politician with a legacy of losing over half the nation’s territory to the US.  She created a narrative exhibit highlighting items from the collection, and an interactive map in which viewers can browse the collection in a temporal-geospatial context.

Spring 2020

Head shot of Elizabeth Peattie

Elizabeth Peattie is a second-year Master of Science in Information Studies student, specializing in Archives and Libraries at the School of Information and the Benson Digital Initiatives GRA. She has volunteered with Austin Public Library and TSLAC, and interned last summer at the SFMOMA Research Library. Her previous professional experience involved teaching and administrative work for ESL education both domestic and abroad. She attended U.C. Berkeley as an undergraduate, majoring in Art History and Cultural Anthropology.

Spring 2019

Head shot of Mounika Puligurthi

Mounika Puligurthi is an undergraduate senior double-majoring in Computer Science and Spanish. As a self starter, she taught herself how to program in tenth grade and now has her own travel blog website that she coded from scratch. As a former Girl Scout, she is passionate about caring for others and giving back to her community. She currently teaches computer skills in Spanish (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Suite tools) to low-income Hispanic adults at Manos De Cristo, a nonprofit based in Austin. She is looking to connect her tech and foreign language interests to serve those in need so that they can not only follow their dreams, but also live them.

  • Ulises Dominguez López, Master Student, Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía Manuel del Castillo Negrete (Mexico), (Summer 2019)
  • Olivia Schroeder Pacheco, Master Student, Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía Manuel del Castillo Negrete (Mexico), (Summer 2018)
  • Josefrayn Sanchez-Perry, Doctoral Student, Spanish & Portuguese Department (Spring 2018)
  • Madeleine Olson, Doctoral Student, History Department (Summer 2017)