Tuesday, December 11, 2012

More Spring 2013 Opportunities

Read on for more information after the jump about exciting internship opportunities at the Chicago Metro History Education Center, the Chicago Public Library, and the Student Empowerment Training Project.

CMHEC Archives Internship

The Archives Intern will work with staff at the Chicago Metro History Education Center (CMHEC) to review and organize approximately 60 feet of archival records from the 35 year history of the Chicago Metro History Fair. The primary tasks of the internship are to a) identify interesting images and documents for inclusion in an anniversary video that CMHEC will produce in the winter (and for other potential organizational purposes) and b) prepare CMHEC’s files and records for deposit in the collections of the Newberry Library. This internship is time-sensitive and work can begin immediately and continue through the holiday break and into the spring semester (or until the hours are completed). Additional activities may include: scanning images and documents for the video; supporting the development of the video and contributing to the script; sharing images and documents through CMHEC’s social media and email marketing services; and creating a historical student and teacher story file; among others. More than one intern may participate in this project.

Interested students should contact Frank Valadez (historyfair@chicagohistoryfair.org) with a resume and brief cover letter/email explaining their interest in this project.

Chicago Public Library - Special Collections and Preservation Division

The Chicago Public Library is seeking students who want to acquire practical archival experience in a special collections department.  The internship is planned for the upcoming 2013 spring term.  The project is processing the Stanley Paul Papers, 1958-2009, 25 linear feet.  

Stanley Paul is an orchestra leader and pianist well known in cafe society in New York and Chicago. In 1964,  he opened at the Pump Room, one of Chicago's most storied restaurants.  While at the Pump Room, he came to know Judy Garland, Jimmy Durante, and Bette Davis, among many other entertainers, as well as Chicagoans like journalist Irv Kupcinet. In 1972, Paul left the Pump Room, soon forming the Stanley Paul Orchestra. Over the last thirty years the Stanley Paul Orchestra has performed at events across the country.  The archives document Paul's career through letters, photographs, programs, newspaper clippings, artifacts, recordings and other material.

Qualifications: Must be a current college junior, senior, or graduate school student in good academic standing, enrolled in an accredited four year college or university offering a baccalaureate or graduate degree program or an accredited law school. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 grading scale.

The position is unpaid.  Interested applicants should forward resume, current transcripts and current letter of enrollment verification from the school's registrar/dean to Cristina Medina, Human Resources, Chicago Public Library, 400 S State Street, Chicago, IL 60605.  Email: cmedina@chipublib.org

Student Empowerment Training Project

The Student Empowerment Training Project (SET Project) is a non-profit organization based in Chicago that works with student governments and State Student Associations across the country to help them to be effective advocates for students and effective vehicles for student empowerment. The SET Project trains students how to generate public support, work with the media, build coalitions, recruit volunteers, craft a compelling message, and work with other student governments to strengthen the student voice statewide. We hold trainings on campuses across the country, consult with student government leaders on the phone, and provide resources like campaign toolkits. Check out our website at www.trainings.org.

Interns with the SET Project will work side-by-side with a SET staffperson to expand the organization's reach to more campuses across the country. Responsibilities will include:
  • Researching and building a list of student governments across the country
  • Outreaching to student government offices through phone and email
  • Expanding the SET Project's presence on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter
  • Researching news stories about student activism to highlight on the SET website and social networks
The internship is available during the winter/spring semester as well as over the summer. Hours are flexible, but we typically ask students to commit 5-10 hours/week. The internship is unpaid, but the benefits include:
  • The opportunity to use your own creativity and ideas for a good cause
  • The opportunity to take on a lot of responsibility
  • Getting first-hand experience in how a nonprofit organization operates
  • Making a real impact on advancing student activism and student empowerment across the country
To apply for an internship with the SET Project, please send an email to Sarah Clader at sarah@trainings.org, including:
1) Your name
2) A phone number where we can reach you
3) Why you want to intern with the Student Empowerment Training Project

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