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From: Bruce I. Ambacher [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 8:40 AM
Subject: FW: [archives] Internship Opportunity (Spring 2011)
From: Alison L Oswald [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 7:07 AM
To: Archives & Archivists (A&A) List
Subject: [archives] Internship Opportunity (Spring 2011)
Christopher B. Cope and Jamie J. Shaw Archival Internship, Spring 2011
The Archives Center awards two paid archival internships each spring to undergraduate students who are rising seniors with an overall 3.2 GPA in any major. Interns in the Archives Center will participate in a wide variety of projects under the direction of professional archival staff. Students will gain career-relevant archival experience in a Museum setting while contributing to the work of the Institution. The internship stipend is $2,500 and is subject to tax. Housing, benefits, and transportation are not provided. The Cope/Shaw Internship is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin.
Internships are located in the Museum's Archives Center, a manuscripts and special collections repository with more than 1,200 collections in a wide range of subject areas and a full time staff of eight.. See http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives/b-1.htm for more details. The internship experience is designed to assist the Archives Center staff in processing textual collections and assisting with reference activities. Two opportunities exist:
Processing of textual collections: learn the basic principles of arrangement and description; preservation and re-housing techniques; edit and create abstracts for oral history collections; and create DACS compliant finding aids under the supervision of the Processing Team.
Reference: learn the basic principles of archival access; assist researchers in the reading room; retrieve and re-shelve materials; help staff respond to public inquiries concerning Archives Center collections; help in conducting research in collections and compose replies; and make reproductions of audiovisual materials and photocopies from the collections under the supervision of the Reference Team.
A part-time commitment of 20-30 hours per week for a 3-month period is required. There are no weekend or evening hours. United States citizenship is not required but nonresident aliens must apply for the appropriate U.S. visa if selected. Selected candidate should have basic computer skills; be proficient in English; have good handwriting, be flexible to changing situations; be reliable and responsible; be able to work independently as well as in a group environment; be able to accept supervision; be able to perform repetitive tasks; have good organizational skills; be detail oriented; and have the ability to lift a 40 lb box.
Applicants must apply through the Smithsonian online application system SOLAA. Applications submitted outside of SOLAA or after the deadline will not be accepted. All application materials will be made available to the Archives Center staff and its advisors. The Archives Center cannot arrange an internship project or award a stipend to all qualified candidates.
Complete applications in SOLAA must include the following:
* Internship Program application form
* Cover letter
* An essay (no more than 3 pages single spaced) exploring how history is relevant today and why archival work is an important part of our society.
* Undergraduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
* Two letters of reference
All materials must be submitted to the online application system by October 15, 2010 for consideration. Two offers will be made by November 15, 2010. The internship begins on or after January 3, 2011.
For further information contact:
Alison L. Oswald, Archivist
Archives Center Internship Coordinator
National Museum of American History
Archives Center, Room 1100, MRC 601
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Phone (202) 633-3726
Fax (202) 786-2453
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