The Woman’s Collections supports students interested in gaining practical hands-on experience in archival and museum studies. An array of opportunities are available to both undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in these fields as well as digital curation and records management.
The Woman’s Collection offers semester long internships during the academic year. While internships are unpaid, interns are eligible for academic credit for their work. Interested students are required to work with their advisor to register for the appropriate course.
Interns will work on projects selected by the Coordinator of Special Collections and in accordance with the established processing priorities. Although staff will attempt to assign projects within an intern’s area of interest, assignments are not guaranteed. Intern projects will involve materials specifically relating to women and may include increasing access to collections through the arrangement and description of collections using accepted archival practices and techniques. Interns can expect to acquire significant knowledge about the Woman’s Collection and its holdings, archival practices, and their practical application to primary source materials.
Available Projects for the Spring and Fall 2014 semesters include:
- Archival interns will work with manuscript collections to arrange, describe, preserve, and make available manuscript collections. Archival interns will process and describe archival collections with direction from staff. Interns will gain valuable work experience with all aspects of archival processing. Some work with digitization is possible.
- Preservation interns will work to preserve photographs, clothing, textiles, artifacts, and ephemera. Interns will learn the basics of archival repair and dismantling of scrapbooks and other paper materials, including stabilization, rehousing, and environmental monitoring.
- Digital interns will scan images, scrapbooks, documents, and catalogs as part of the Woman’s Collection mission to make archival collections accessible online. Interns will use digital technologies to create and enhance electronic access to our collections. Potential projects include digitization of documents and images, creation of metadata for existing digital collections, research on copyright issues for archival and manuscript materials, or digitization of audio and video materials in a variety of formats.
Best Qualified Candidates will:
- Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.
- Be able to lift and carry up to 35 pounds.
- Have basic level research skills using databases, online catalogs, and accessing information online.
- Interns must be available to work from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
- The Woman’s Collection’s requires interns to work a minimum of 12 hours a week. Interns are not permitted to work a shift that is less than 3 hours. Because the nature of archival work is detail-oriented, interns need to allow themselves time to thorough complete the process of organizing, digitizing, preserving collections. Many of the tasks required when working with archival materials cannot be rushed. Interns need to have the time to thoughtfully construction metadata and finding aids that are researcher-friendly.
- All interns will be supervised by the Coordinator for Special Collections.
The number of available internship opportunities during a given semester is determined by the number of available projects.
Interested applicants should fill out the Student Internship Application Form. Application materials should be submitted a minimum of four weeks before the requested starting date of the internship. After we receive your application, we will contact you to set up a mutually convenient time for an in person interview. Students should first consult with their advisor or their internship liaison in their departments to discuss an opportunity with the Woman’s Collection.
For more information contact:
Kimberly L. Johnson
Coordinator, Special Collections
University Archives and Rare Books
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