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American Culture Internship for credit opportunity still available for this Winter/16 term. Please contact Dahlia Petrus, dpetrus@umich.edu, for details including how the experience counts toward your AC and Digital Studies majors and minors. Transportation may be available.

Music Box story collecting and neighborhood adoption Internship

Project: Detroit Music Box
Hours: Minimum of 16 hours a week
Location : 4126 3rd Street, Detroit MI 48209
Site Supervisor: Diana J Nucera
 
The Detroit Community Technology Project has been hard at work building out a community wireless network called CassCo, which will begin its adoption phase this fall. CassCo is a mesh network that allows communities to distribute and share Internet access from one or more gateways. Every community wireless network has an intranet, a local network in which users can send and receive information wirelessly without connecting to the Internet. This network can also host local applications, such as chat and text apps, file sharing, community wikis and more.
 
The Detroit Music Box is our first application on the CassCo community wireless network! This application will be used as a neighborhood radio station to broadcast stories and media from people living in the Cass Corridor. The shows will combine music from the neighborhood, audio from the streets and interviews with neighbors to make a feature track that asserts an identity and vision for Detroit. The Cass Corridor is the area bounded by Warren to the north, Woodward to the east, Mack Ave or Martin Luther King Jr Blvd to the south, and the Lodge to the west.
 
With the rapid development and changes happening in the city, we hope to use this digital space on the mesh network to archive people’s stories and the cultural history of the Cass Corridor. The Detroit Music Box empowers communities to claim this digital space in the midst of gentrification and revitalization. The intranet can be an organizing tool for neighborhoods, facilitating private communications to share community activities, alerts, and more.
 
DCTP seeks an intern to help facilitate the collection and dissemination of Cass Corridor stories for the Music Box App.  Successful candidates for this position will possess:

  • Have a familiarity with the Cass Corridor in Detroit
  • An understanding or interest in learning about broadband adoptions and unique ways of addressing digital divide through analogue tactics
  • An interest in storytelling and an understanding the power of stories
  • Demonstrated ability to interact positively in a diverse environment
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Ability to self manage and have motivation to shape processes to that build  the project