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Summer Internship 2024: Applications Open

Elizabeth Montagu Correspondence Online

 Summer Internship Programme 2024

Paid opportunity for PhD students and Early Career Researchers


Portrait of Elizabeth Montagu by Frances Reynolds. Private Collection.


An exciting opportunity for a PhD student or Early Career Researcher to work  as a research intern for the Elizabeth Montagu Correspondence Online (EMCO).

The EMCO internship programme focuses on transcribing the letters written by Montagu to her friend, Elizabeth Carter, and preparing these transcriptions for digital publication on our Edition website. This involves marking up the letters in XML (TEI) and ensuring accurate database records.

Our internship programme has been running since 2021. We have welcomed a number PhD students and early career researchers, and uploaded around 300 letters from Montagu to Carter as a result, many of whom have gone on to work with the project beyond the initial internship. You can find out more about the programme here:

Further Details:

This year we will be running our internship as a summer programme. We will complete induction and training during the summer term (May-June 2024) with the rest of the summer planned for you to complete the transcription and digital markup (xml) of 30 letters. Work will be completed by 31 August 2024. You will be paid £600 on completion. You will also be credited on the Edition website for your work.


As well as practical experience working on a digital project, there will be opportunities for you to attend EMCO team meetings and learn more about project management. 


The internship is remote. Full training and software will be provided.


About You:

  • You will have achieved or be working towards a PhD in eighteenth-century studies (or a related field). 
  • You will have working knowledge of eighteenth-century epistolary culture and/or digital humanities.
  • You will be prepared to learn new skills and work with the wider EMCO team (from senior scholars to fellow interns).



About EMCO:

Elizabeth Montagu (1718-1800), author and Bluestocking salonnière, was a leading woman of letters and artistic patron of her day. Her correspondence is considered 'among the most important surviving collections from the eighteenth century' (ODNB). She corresponded extensively with leaders of the British Enlightenment, such as Edmund Burke, Gilbert West, David Garrick and Horace Walpole, as well as the Bluestocking inner circle – Elizabeth Carter, Sarah Scott, Hannah More, Hester Thrale Piozzi, Frances Burney, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Elizabeth Vesey, and Frances Boscawen. Her letters discuss politics, business, and family affairs, as well as observations on literature and society. Our goal is to offer digital unification of Montagu’s extant correspondence of around 4,000 letters, which is held in at least 34 libraries, archives, and private collections worldwide,



Application Details:

If you would like more information, please contact Katie Crowther (

Please send a CV and a supporting statement to Professor Nicole Pohl ( together with a confirmation from your supervisors that this work will not interrupt research progress – please ask them to email to confirm their support of your application by the deadline.

Deadline for applications: 5 April 2024

Online interviews expected to take place: w/b 15 April. There will be a transcription assessment as part of the interview process.

There will be further opportunities for working with EMCO in the future, so please apply now only if you are able to work on the project from May-August 2024.



Please note that all dates and location information are provisional, initially taken from the library and archive catalogues. As our section editors continue to work through the material we will update our database and the changes will be reflected across the edition.

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