Under the Archivist’s supervision, the intern will learn and perform career-developmental duties such as:
- Expand and correct rough preliminary inventories of unarranged, unaccessioned archival materials
- Research and identify the original creators, recipients, and donors of historical materials, using internal museum records.
- Research and summarize historical backgrounds and contexts for persons, events, and places depicted or represented by archival materials
- Recognize, identify, and correlate patterns in archival collection inventories
- Arrange existing personal papers collections and potential “assembled” collections of ephemera and photographs.
- Write documentation of findings and processes.
- Assist with the full range of the museum archival program’s donor relations, acquisitions, collection development, archival collections description, researcher assistance, and outreach work, as time and interest permit.
- Curiosity and a willingness to learn.
- A working knowledge of U.S. and world history and geography from 1775 to the present.
- The physical ability to climb stairs and ladders, lift up to 50 pounds, stand, sit, kneel, and occasionally handle materials covered with dust or debris.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office
- Commitment to a signed agreement for voluntary service of at least 120 hours, primarily on mutually agreeable weekdays between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM. Some Saturday hours may be available.
The application deadline is March 1, 2016. To apply, please send an application form, available at http://www.history.navy.mil/glnm and the following:
- Academic transcripts (unofficial or official).
- Your resume outlining your educational, professional, and volunteer experiences.
- A one-page personal statement describing how an internship with the Great Lakes Naval Museum will support your academic and career goals.
- One letter of recommendation that relates to the internship.
- A writing sample of at least 1,000 words.
To inquire about the internship, please contact:
Martin Tuohy, Archivist
Great Lakes Naval Museum
610 Farragut Avenue, Building 42
Great Lakes, IL 60088-2618
(847) 688-3154 x 217