The Incubator supports students at the University of Lethbridge by providing training and practical experience with contemporary digital technology and project management. These are easily generalisable skills that are highly sought after by public and private employers.

Graduate students are trained to manage the back office and editorial operations of one or two journals in their broad area of expertise (e.g. Literature, History, Sociology). This work involves working closely with journal’s editors, authors, and referees managing workflow, correspondence, the preparation of copy and proofs, and final publication. Graduate students are also trained in technical aspects of digital journal production: working with cloud-based file and content management systems, eXtensible Markup Language (XML) encoding and processing, and project management.

Graduate Students who are accepted into the programme will be awarded a special Research Assistantship worth $7,000 per annum which they will be able to hold in addition to the standard $7,000 Graduate Teaching Assistantship offered to all incoming students. These Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and are currently available to a maximum of two students.

Undergraduate students learn specific practical applications and technological skills. Students who are already have some knowledge of the underlying technology can work on design and development issues, working on tools and software, and improving workflow. Students without such knowledge will be given training and work on the management of individual articles and titles.

Undergraduate participation in the programme is through the Co-op programme. Students will receive course credit for their work on the project. In addition, students will receive some combination of hourly way and semester-end honorarium in compensation for their participation.

You do not need to be already-proficient with technology in order to participate in this programme. Training in the required skills will be given to students as required. Through this work, students will acquire training, managerial experience, and networking opportunities that are both of immediate use to them in their day to day studies and highly sought-after by public and private sector employers.

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