MPA Job listSummer Internship

Sandi Parkes sandi.parkes at
Mon Apr 19 12:59:17 MDT 2004

University/Neighborhood Partners has received the summer internship
request (see below) from the Center for Documentary Arts to work on very
specific aspects of their Crossing the Tracks: Uniting a Divided City
project.  The project reflects the U's interest in these neighborhoods,
and seems to offer valuable experience for a student whose interests
match the project. 

Intern Request
Historical Census Data Collection and Analysis
The Center For Documentary Arts (CDA) is seeking an intern for the
summer 2004 (June to August).  The position will entail working with the
non-profit to develop demographic and economic histories and profiles
for Salt Lake City's West Side neighborhoods. It will be used in a
documentary project currently underway about the area. The data sources
for the work are the seven decennial censuses from 1940 through 2000.
The intern will: 1) identify the geographical census tracts for six west
side! co mmunities for each census from 1940 through 2000, 2) identify,
with the help of CDA, important population, economic, and social data
categories which are relevant to the purposes of the study, 3) digitize
the data (from paper to the computer) 4) work with an advisor and CDA to
mine, analyze, and summarize the data collected, and 5) create a charts,
graphs, and text to be presented along with other materials to the
public.  The intern will work with CDA for at least the duration of the
ummer and would be ideally suited to a Master's student looking to
analyze the similar data. Requirements: Strong quantitative/analytical
skills, knowledge of small area census data, and the ability to
communicate research findings to the educated public. Background in GIS
and Urban Planning are preferred.   Some funding and/or credit may be

Crossing the Tracks: Uniting a Divided City is a five-year long
documentary effort that will culminate in a major public exhibit which
explores how Salt Lake City became divided along racial, religious, and
economic lines in the 1870-1920 era; how the negative stereotype of the
west side as a crime-ridden, low-income, ethnic ghetto has been
maintained throughout the twentieth century; and how documentary
work-photography, oral history, radio, filmmaking, and archival
research-can be utilized to bridge this division and to point the way to
an eventual unification of the city.  In addressing a problem common to
many American cities, the Center for Documentary Arts believes that
Crossing the Tracks can serve as a national model for how documentary
work can be used as a tool for social inquiry and a catalyst for social

If you are interested.... contact Sandi Parkes at sandi.parkes at for contact information. 


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