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Summer 2015 Internships

Internships at Smith


SWG Interns work with archivists and learn the multiple facets of archival work in Smith’s internationally recognized repository of women’s history sources. The intern will learn how manuscript collections are acquired and prepared for research and the basics of organizing, describing, and preserving collections. A SWG Internship counts as one of the required practical experiences for fulfilling the Archives Concentration.

The internship will focus on helping prepare recent SSC acquisitions of special interest to SWG for future use in our classes.

The internship is 21 to 35 hours per week for 9-11 weeks at $9.25 an hour.

Deadline: March 23, 2015


Applicants must be SWG major or minor with an interest and aptitude for work in an archives or manuscripts collection, or related career in women’s studies scholarship or public history organizations. Good research skills and attention to detail. It is not necessary for applicants to be eligible for work-study.

***Applicants for the summer internship must be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors, still enrolled in Smith College in September 2015. ****

To apply: Send a resume and a cover letter to Maida Goodwin at mgoodwin@email.smith.edu



Other Internships -- Require Praxis funding


The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum

The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, the historic headquarters of the National Woman’s Party, located on Capitol Hill, is currently looking for an intern who will support collections stewardship activities and improve intellectual access to the National Woman’s Party collection



Archives Intern, Guttmacher Institute summer 2015
Praxis-funded, minimum of 220 hours

This is an exciting opportunity to help to preserve the work of a premiere organization working to advance women’s sexual and reproductive health worldwide through research, policy analysis, and public education.  For more information about the Guttmacher Institute, see:  http://www.guttmacher.org/

The intern will work with the director and staff of the Guttmacher Institute in its Headquarters in New York City to assess and prepare the organization’s records for transfer to the Sophia Smith Collection.

The Sophia Smith Collection will provide the intern with:

  • Basic instruction in records management
  • Criteria for identifying records of historical value
  • Historical background on the Guttmacher Institute
  • Ongoing supervision and consultation via phone and email through the course of the internship.

The duties and responsibilities of the intern will be to:

  • inventory and survey non-current records to identify those of historical value
  • work with staff to identify materials ready for transfer to the archives and/or create a schedule for transfer
  • organize, label, and pack records, and create box lists
  • arrange for transfer of records to the Sophia Smith Collection. 
  • Other, depending on needs

Contact Maida Goodwin mgoodwin@smith.edu for more information

Internships at the Slater Memorial Museum

Several internships in archives and collections management, application deadline April 15, 2015or earlier.

Send resume and letter indicating coursework and experience to Vivian Zoe, Director zoev@nfaschool.org

Expectation is for 20-30 hours per week for total of 220 hours.

Since 2003, Slater Museum (founded 1888) has been combing its archives to better interpret its object collections. Some of the archives relate to donors who were NFA alumni of the 19th century and became accomplished business people, scholars, attorneys and clergymen. Others traveled widely and engaged in personal investigation in the manner of the late-nineteenth, early-twentieth adventurers. Two of the museum's directors through much of the twentieth century were women of considerable accomplishment, but relatively little is known about them.  In addition, the Norwich Free Academy's Norwich Art School (founded 1890), was led and staffed by women of accomplishment whose stories have only minimally been told as a result of the apparent lack of documentation.  It is hoped that the museum’s archives will bring these women to life.

The museum has been collecting for 125 years. Throughout most of that time, object files were entirely kept in paper form. In addition, museum reports to trustees of the museum's parent institution, Norwich Free Academy, were kept in files, folders, loose manuscripts and ledgers. Letters relating to the museum's founding, the acquisition of its renowned collection of plaster casts, and its August opening in 1888 are kept in archive boxes, but are not abstracted or recorded individually. Object files with provenance information and family histories are not easily found for research.

Project I: To migrate information from paper archives and relate them to digital object records. Around 2001, the museum adopted an electronic collections management system, but did not match digitized and paper archives to related object records. We now plan this important step to digitize corresponding archives to be entered into the records of objects.

Supervison: Project director and interns will work together and in consultation with other staff members. The Slater Museum's staff is very small. The museum director, Vivian Zoe, will monitor the project and have frequent regular conferences with the project participants, especially in its earliest days.

Project II: To continue the migration (in progress) of objects from various inappropriate storage areas to the new, state-of-the-art collections storage facility commissioned in late 2011.

Supervison: Project director and interns will work together and in consultation with other staff members. The Slater Museum's staff is very small. The museum director, Vivian Zoe, will monitor the project and have frequent regular conferences with the project participants, especially in its earliest days.

Project III

Provide general assistance with research, layout and logistics for a major new exhibition entitled John Meyer of Norwich, in late 2015.  The exhibition will investigate the company, established and based in Norwich, CT, that briefly resurrected the textile and manufacturing industry in mid-twentieth century in a city that had been a powerhouse of American industry in the nineteenth century.

The exhibition will treat several themes related to the company, the man who founded it, the family supporting him and the community.  Included themes will cover relative history of design and styles; social history related to women and their changing roles, the Jewish Community in a small New England city and manufacturing technology.

The Exhibition Research Assistant (ERA) will assist with inventorying and cataloguing of objects for display, assist with the discovering and solicitation of additional objects and research the content inherent in the objects.  Sources will include archival material, personal interviews and publications.  Familiarization with the family collection and visits to private collections and homes will be included in the research. The ERA will write detailed descriptive narrative relative to objects and their significance.

The Slater Museum's only other full time staff member, its Assistant Director holds a master's degree in museum studies from NYU and will be on hand at all times when the director is not available.

Added benefits: Director may arrange field trips to other local museums. Norwich is near CT shore with many outdoor activities; some flexibility in overall summer schedule.

The Slater Museum can also accommodate students wishing to focus on general museum administration like publications, marketing, exhibition planning, design and installation and visitor services.

Hatfield Historical Museum

Archival Internship: Sophia Smith: Her Life and Legacy

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2015

This internship provides a unique opportunity for a Smith student to work with largely uncataloged primary source materials and personal artifacts belonging to the founder of the college, Sophia Smith; to help create a Sophia Smith exhibit for the Hatfield Historical Museum, and to create an audio slideshow on Sophia Smith’s life that would be hosted on YouTube. Over the course of the summer, the intern will:

  • Inventory and write up accession sheets for items in the museum related to Sophia Smith (her life and legacy), and produce a Finding Aid that includes said items,
  • Research the artifacts and write up descriptions for exhibit labels (to be vetted by the curator)
  • Photograph or scan said artifacts for inclusion in the museum database and in an audio slideshow
  • Write a script for a short audio slideshow (6 to 12 minutes) on Sophia Smith , using the above artifacts from the museum (and images of Sophia's two houses on Main St. and her family gravesite, all within a block’s walk) to tell the story of her life and legacy. Get feedback from museum committee members, then produce the audio slideshow by using the photographed or scanned still images and providing narration (voiceover), similar to the  style of “Oddities of the Amherst College Natural History Museum,”; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG3x6M0MRuM). The slideshow would then be posted on the Hatfield Historical Society website, and hosted on YouTube, where it could be viewed by all.

This internship offers an opportunity for a student to leave her mark on something of lasting value to the town of Hatfield, Smith College, and all those intrigued by how a woman with little formal education of her own came to found such a prestigious college.

Skills and Experience:

We are looking for a creative, energetic intern with strong research, writing skills and organizational skills and attention to detail, who is good at communicating and working independently. The candidate should also have some experience with digital image collection (photography and scanning) and media production, and be able to produce the audio slideshow on their own, with feedback from the museum curator and technical support from the Smith College Center for Media Production, where the slideshow could be produced, using Final Cut Pro (or iMovie).


The student must have use of their own laptop, be able to climb stairs (the museum is on the 2nd floor with no elevator), and be able to work in a sometimes hot (un-air conditioned) environment.

The intern will be evaluated on her ability to successfully complete the tasks described above by the museum curator, Kathie Gow, including the safe handling of artifacts, attention to detail, thoroughness, and timely communication about progress and problems. At the beginning of the project, the intern will meet with the curator and others to brainstorm ideas and understand the goals and scope of the project elements, as well as create a project schedule. Thereafter, she will work independently but meet with the curator weekly (at least at first), to report on progress, and make schedule adjustments, as necessary. The museum is small -- all on one floor -- so there will be ample opportunity for interaction and observation.

Interested applicants should send a resume, and a cover letter to Kathie Gow, Curator, Hatfield Historical Museum, at: kgow.hatfield@gmail.com.

Holyoke History Room Processing and Metadata Intern
Summer 2015
220 hours
Deadline: April 15

Working closely with the archivist, the intern will undertake a survey of the Holyoke High School Collection. The 64-linear foot collection includes manuscript material, artifacts, photographs, books, yearbooks, newspapers, and other material. The intern will assist the archivist in creating a processing plan for the collection, identify collection series, and process and describe at least two of these series.

The intern will also contribute to the creation of controlled vocabulary subject headings for 500+ recently-digitized historic images from the History Room's collections.

Ideally, the intern will be able to bring own laptop.

About the archives: The Holyoke History Room and Archives has significant collections documenting the history of Holyoke, among the first planned industrial cities in the U.S. The collection’s historic newspapers, maps, photographs, scrapbooks, manuscripts, records, and books are a resource for academic, family, and local history research. The History Room, open to the public 20 hours per week, is located at the newly renovated and expanded Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke. The Library is short walk from the transportation center (bus depot). Free parking is also available at the library.

History Room website: http://www.holyokelibrary.org/holyokenew/historyabout.asp

For an application and more information, contact: Eileen Crosby (Archivist) at (413) 420-8107. Priority given to applications received by April 15.


Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Annapolis, Maryland

The goals of the Cultural Resources Summer Intern are two-fold. The primary goal of the internship is to assist with the digitization of the Department's inventory of over 1,000 historic sites and structures and begin the process of mapping these sites with GIS. The secondary goal is to create a public use component from the digitized material such as a web feature, brochure, interactive map, interpretive program, etc. Archival work and data entry will be balanced with field vists to sites such as State Parks, forests, and wildlife management areas.


  • Prospective candidates should be pursuing a degree in American Studies, Museum Studies, Architecture, Anthropology, or Historic Preservation
  • Experience in historic research and writing as well as have a working knowledge of American architecture and history
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Proficiency with computers, digital cameras, scanners, and data entry
  • Knowledge of and experience in collections management, material culture, and archival processes

The internship has a minimum commitment of 220 hrs with a flexible start date of May 23rd - July 20th. Students may use their Praxis funding.

To apply: Please submit a detailed resume, cover letter, two letters of recommendation from professors, a writing sample, and a copy of current transcript to Emily Burrows at eburrows@dnr.md.state.us

Jewish Women's Archive

Brookline, Massachusetts

The mission of the Jewish Women's Archive (JWA) is to uncover, chronicle, and transmit to a broad public the rich history of American Jewish women. An internship would involve working directly with archivists in several aspects of their work.

Contact: Ellen Rothman erothman@jwa.org

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

New York, New York

The project will involve working with two archivists who are processing the J. Wayne Fredericks Papers. Fredericks (1917-2004) was an American diplomat, business executive and foundation official, who was involved with African affairs (particularly southern Africa) for more than 60 years, including six years as deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. The Series still to be completed include Country Files, Subject Files, Organizations and Boards, and his Consulting and Advisory roles. The papers primarily include correspondence, clippings and other printed material, conference papers, and reports. The intern will help identify, arrange, and describe the material under the supervision of the archivist. We prefer a senior, junior or rising junior for this project.

Series still to be completed are theCarnegieCorporationseries, covering those years that Fredericks was a consultant there, and theFord Foundation Study Group, a non-profit initiative focusing primarily on the developmentprocess in South Africa.

Contact: Diana Lachatanere at dlachatanere@nypl.org

Margaret Sanger Papers Project

New York, New York

Deadline: March 1, 2013

The Margaret Sanger Papers Project offers a summer internship program which has been in operation since 1995. Graduate and undergraduate students from universities in the United States and Europe have worked with the editorial staff on our microfilm, book and electronic publications and received broad experience in historical research and editing.

For 2012, interns can select from projects related to our book or digital editions. While most of internships are arranged in the summer months, some can be arranged throughout the academic year.

We ask that interns be familiar with IBM-based computers, using Windows, have good research skills and can pay scrupulous attention to detail. Background in history, women's history or women's studies is desirable. We often have a number of qualified candidates for these positions and evaluate applications in light of the project's specific needs.

Book Edition Internship
Interns will be working on Volume IV of the Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger, covering the years 1920-1966 and focusing on Sanger's efforts to create a global birth control movement. Interns will work under the supervision of editors on specific topics, tracing people, places, events and issues covered in the documents. The research will be used to produce annotation and introductory material for the volume. Research will be conducted in the project's offices, using the comprehensive microfilm edition and other primary sources, as well as at local libraries and with resources available on the Internet.

Digital Internship
We continue work on our digital edition of Sanger's speeches and articles, focusing on texts written by Margaret Sanger in the late 1930s. Interns will be proofread the texts, add XML encoding, and draft subject index entries for the documents. Interns will conduct research as needed to verify dates, titles, and publication information, or to identify the names of people, organizations and books mentioned in the documents.

Web Outreach Internship
We are also looking for an intern to help develop a stronger web presence for the project, utilizing digital tools such as facebook, wikis, blogs, and Web site analysis to draw attention to the project's work and connect with our audiences. For this internship, familiarity with history, HTML and the Web is required.

General Information: The project's offices are open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Interns should expect to devote 150–250 hours to their project which can be arranged flexibly over the summer (generally either part time for six weeks or one day per week all summer). Depending on scheduling and interest, several positions may be filled in each category. Unfortunately, because of budget constraints, we are unable to offer payment for internships, though many interns have been able to apply their work for credit at their own universities.

Housing: For those applying from outside New York City, NYU offers student housing during the summer months. Prices vary depending on accommodations and whether or not interns enroll in NYU's summer program. Many interns have also been able to locate reasonably priced off-campus housing. See the NY Village Voice's Web site for classifieds.

Contact: Dr. Cathy Moran Hajo cathy.hajo@nyu.edu

Phone: (212) 998-8666

Wistariahurst Museum
Holyoke, Massachusetts

Wistariahurst Museum is dedicated to preserving Holyoke's history and inspiring an appreciation of history and culture through educational programs, exhibits and special events. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Wistariahurst is the former home of William Skinner, a prominent silk manufacturer. Our archive collections include the Holyoke Collection, the Skinner Collection, the Textile Collection and various smaller associated collections. The archive is open to the public Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or by appointment. The curator of collections is on site 35+ hours each week.

Archive interns, under the guidance of the curator of collections, will have the opportunity to work in a variety of archival areas, including processing donated materials; responding to research inquiries; re-housing collections; assisting in exhibit preparation and educational presentations; and aiding researchers. Interns should have competent computer skills; be able to follow directions; be mindful and respectful of delicate materials; have a sense of responsibility and a sense of humor; and be able to carry document boxes up and down stairs. In return the intern will have exposure to what it is like to work in an archive in an active public museum, an opportunity to work with primary source documents and artifacts, and this experience should give them a well rounded view of the archival field.

Among the various projects available at the museum is staffing the community room, research/exhibit preparation, scanning, program preparation, collecting inventory on database, public relations, and staffing of special events. A processing assitant for the papers of Carlos Vega will be needed in the near future.

Internships need to take place at the museum and archive between Monday to Thursday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At this time the museum does not have funding available for internships, although we'd be happy to cooperate in any grant applications the intern might present.

Contact: Penni Martorell at MartorellP@ci.holyoke.ma.us

CUNY Dominican Archives Internship Program

New York, NY

The Dominican Archives Internship Program is designed to provide interns with hands-on knowledge regarding the survey, accession, processing, arrangement, description, automation, preservation and servicing of archival materials, and use of primary source material for historical research. In addition, the program is supplemented by a mentoring component which includes information related to appropriate workplace conduct, work habits, time management, job performance, and job-readiness skills. Interns will work under the supervision of archives professionals and technicians in order to obtain a general knowledge of the nature of the work, working conditions, training requirements, emplyment opportunities as well as the actual work involved in the archival profession.

The program is adminstered by Chief Archivist, Idilio Gracia Peña, a professional archivist with many years of experiences in the archival profession.

This internship is unpaid.

Contact: Idilio Gracia Pena at igraciap@ccny.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 650-8865


Amherst Writers and Artists
Amherst, MA

Interns will work with Pat Schneider, the founder of AWA, to prepare her personal and institutional papers for donation to the Sophia Smith Collection. AWA would prefer an intern able to work for either two consecutive semesters or the summer plus a semester.

Contact: amherstwriters@gmail.com

Phone: (413) 253-3307