During this internship, I have learned how to work in a way that is most beneficial to me and with that comes the knowledge of enhancing old and new skills. I have figured out a process in conducting my internship work and I’m still in the process of figuring out what exact skills I have gained thus far. I can give some examples and expand on it to see where I am at currently and where I would like to go in the future.
Some skills that I am enhancing on is my data analysis skills. I am looking at data critically and trying to determine what can be concluded from it. By looking at small samples of data I was able to discern some conclusions but then I gathered those small samples into slightly bigger ones to see what I could discern.
This can prove challenging since it is mostly based on interpretation and can be taken down any avenue. At the same time this is an asset because of this, one can explore a topic that may not have been thought of or known before. I am trying to make sure that I am looking at the right data and making the right conclusions. I have noticed that as I go along in this internship that there is not right or wrong way to do this type of work. This work is a continual exercise in experimentation and seeing what comes of it, if anything at all.
As a result of this, I have also used and enhanced my historical research skills. I am using what I have gathered from the textual analysis and researching the people/events/places found using databases, the Internet, etc. I am mostly using online tools at the moment but I would want to see if there are any physical books (primary and secondary sources), magazines, etc. that I can use.
Some skills that I would like to learn and build upon in the future are in the field of data analytics. I have some general knowledge in the field but I would like to learn more techniques that I can use. I want to see in what other ways computer science and history can be combined to look at historical research. In general and perhaps in this internship, I would also like to find different ways to present historical research. For example, whether that is through a blog, video, song, podcast, paper, article, etc. I think it might be interesting to find out.