The Archives Center has opportunities for fall, spring, and summer internships. Interns undertake projects involving preparation of collections for research use and dissemination of collections information through print and electronic media. The project will entail processing—arrangement description, and re-housing materials—as well as cataloging archival collections.
The selected candidate may negotiate their work schedule, but an internship requires at least 20 hours per week for 8 weeks. Some interns choose to devote more hours (up to 40 hours per week) or stay for longer periods of time (from 3 months to 1 year). Your choices depend on whether there is an appropriate project that coincides with what you want to learn and whether the staff is available to work with you.
Interns assist in arranging and describing archival collections documenting primarily 19th- and 20th-century American music, material and pop culture, business, and technology. They may also serve as reference room assistants.
Work can include any of the following activities:
- Understand, identify, arrange, describe, and categorize archival collections
- Research and interpret archives
- Catalog archival collections
- Create finding aids and/or inventories to collections
- Build custom enclosures such as boxes, sink mats, and phase boxes
- Digitalizing photographs and other documents and managing digital assets
- Assist researchers; receive or reshelf collection materials
- Entering data onto datasheets and into databases
- Researching, designing, and preparing small exhibits
- Assisting with tours of the Archives Center
- Providing administrative and organizational support