Historical Research Intern

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700 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 5 Part-time, Unpaid

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Description

The Citizen-Archivist Project at the US National Archives in Washington, DC is seeking archival interns. Interns will be assisting research associates in various projects aimed at improving access to archival collections.



The Citizen-Archivist Project is promoting public awareness of US National Archives records and historical research by actively encouraging citizens to work with primary source documents. The current interns are working on cataloging Revolutionary war claims in the records of Congress and have completed the House side pensions and will be starting work on the Senate side claims.

Interns will locate, index and possibly digitize underutilized and undescribed collections. The collected information will be transmitted to the public via databases and social media sites including Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter. Interns will also assist research associates in digitizing records related to various ongoing research projects. Interns will be required to work 16 hours (two days) per week on-site in the research room at the US National Archives (700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW).

Responsibilities

Interns will locate, index and possibly digitize underutilized and undescribed collections. The collected information will be transmitted to the public via databases and social media sites including Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter. Interns will also assist research associates in digitizing records related to various ongoing research projects. Interns will be required to work 16 hours (two days) per week on-site in the research room at the US National Archives (700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW).

Requirements

Required Qualifications


Requirements:

Working knowledge of American history
Current enrollment in or recent graduate of a history, archival, library science or curatorial Master’s or undergraduate program. Academic credit is a possibility.
Basic understanding of preservation and the handling of fragile documents
Previous experience using social media (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr. Tumblr)

Preferred qualifications

Knowledge of late 18th and early 19th American history
Previous research experience
Previous archives experience
Experience with flatbed or microfilm scanners and related software.

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