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 HOURS for November 24, 2017:  Now Closed

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Download and fill out the application, and return to the address on the form. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2018.

How long is this internship?

The internship lasts a full academic year, from September to April. For students who are are not graduating in the spring, they may continue working over the summer provided they fulfill their work obligations during the school year and have availability.

How many hours a week can I work?

Interns work up to 10 hours a week.

How much does the internship pay?

Interns are paid $8.80/hour

Do I need to be an honors student to apply?

No. As long as you're intellectually curious, dependable, and interested in archives, we want you to apply.

But I don’t want to be a librarian or archivist. Can I still apply?

Absolutely, and we hope you apply. The internship is meant to introduce students from a wide range of disciplines to Special Collections. During the internship you will learn critical analysis skills that are applicable in any discipline.

What is a “scholarly project”?

A scholarly project is work that has been produced by a reputable source that lends itself to established research or philosophy. Such projects are thoroughly researched, using the types of primary source materials found in Special Collections. As the intern, you would be working with these primary source materials and the research that goes into processing the collection will also be used to create the project. The project format is only limited by your creativity. Previous interns have created posters and presentations at regional and national conferences, exhibitions, library research tools, digital humanities projects, taught classes using original curriculum that followed established information literacy standards, and published peer-reviewed journal articles.

This sounds like a lot of work … is it?

Yes, however, this internship is more than just a campus job to pass the time. It is a professional experience for students who want to expand their marketable job skills and receive individual mentoring. Interns work with rare and unique historical material to pursue their individual research interests. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a student to network, conduct research in a supportive environment, receive resume and cover letter help, AND we also pay some travel costs for students who are invited to present their scholarly work at conferences.

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