Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Internship of the Week: Archival Assistant Internship- UW Archives

Looking for an on-campus internship?
Love UW-Madison?
Interested in preserving the UW brand?

Consider interning with the UW-Madison Archives

The Organization:
The University Archives is part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison General Library System. Its primary purpose is to: preserve University records and information of permanent historical value; provide records management services; and serve as an educational resource encouraging administrative and scholarly research in its collections.

The Position:
An internship with the University Archives provides students opportunities to work with archives and history professionals. Internships may be specialized or general depending on student’s interests, qualifications, and on-going research projects. Benefits include: career path exploration, complementary academic studies with hands-on experience, creation of digital projects to advance learning and resume building, interaction with colleagues and mentoring by professionals, and experience in a team environment.

During the school year, the Archives can offer the following internship possibilities:

Oral History – design an oral history project based on your own interests or our collecting focus areas, conduct background research, and interview narrators; index or summarize new interviews or re-code extant interviews; or create and implement digital projects using audio editing and slideshow creation software such as Sound Forge, Soundslides or Windows MovieMaker.

Archives Collections Processing – rehouse, arrange and describe, prepare inventories, indices or other finding aid documents; complete data entry for a variety of campus records and/or creation of biographical files; complete basic preservation tasks to ensure longevity of historic materials.

Images/Media – work with the media archivist to process, manage and preserve image, audio and film collections. Tasks may include cataloguing and creating indexes for collections, digitizing photos for reference requests and updating data sources using Microsoft Access and Excel. Interns will become proficient in using Adobe Photoshop. Additional work may include outreach projects using the Archives social media platforms (Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube).

“Revolving” – spend a few weeks working in each of the above listed archival workgroups (oral history, collection processing, and images/media).

Required Skills:
• Current UW-Madison student
• Committed to an academic semester-long internship
• Experience using Microsoft Office software, Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver
• Strong organization skills
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Problem solving skills (quick thinking)
• Creative (broad thinking)

Desired Skills:
• Genuine interest in archives/campus history
• Background/knowledge in archival work

The Details:
Location: Madison, WI (UW Campus)
Time Period: Spring 2014 semester; 6-8 hours/week
Compensation: Unpaid/Voluntary
Desired Background: Open to all majors
Organization Contact: Troy Reeves
Organization Website: www.archives.library.wisc.edu
BuckyNet ID: 70147

Application Deadline: December 16, 2013

**Additional application details & requirements can be found on BuckyNet**