Mt. Vernon Historic Trades Summer Internships (deadline 2/26)


Summer Internship Application Deadline – February 26, 2016
Each year, Mount Vernon’s Historic Trades accepts a select number of applicants for summer internships. With focus on the Pioneer Farm and George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, these internships provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to become immersed in 18th-century history, agriculture, and industry.

After completing a brief training program, interns will work as full-time Historic Trades Interpreters for a period of 10 weeks under the direction of our professional interpretive staff. Interns live on the grounds of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate during the internship. In addition, interns participate in special field trips to other historic sites and museums in the region.

For more information see this link.

Internship: Collection Management (Deadline 1/23)


Collection Management Internship at the John J. Johnson Archives Center

Fredericksburg United Methodist Church

Spring 2015

The John J. Johnson Archives Center of the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church consists of official documents, papers, photographs, recordings, books and artifacts. The church, founded in 1802, is located at 308 Hanover Street in Fredericksburg’s Historic District. The mission of the Center is to catalog and index this collection. The Center will make these items accessible to church members, scholars, educational institutions and the general public for study and research. The Center’s dedicated, climate controlled work area comprises a work room with a scanner, printers and computer equipment, as well as a storage closet with approximately 30 cardboard boxes of papers, photographs, artifacts, etc.

Intern Duties:

The intern will index the collection’s documents and objects using PastPerfect 5.0 software. PastPerfect is a leader in collection and contact management software. Several local museums use PastPerfect, including the Central Rapphannock Heritage Center, the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, and the James Monroe Museum (operated by the University of Mary Washington). Training CDs will be available for learning how to use the software. Opportunities exist for collaboration with other local museums familiar with PastPefect.

Learning Outcomes for the Intern:

  1. Understand the importance of preserving documents and objects and making them accessible to the public.
  1. Become familiar with PastPerfect software and learn how to attach images, keep data safe, focus on efficiency, and maintain consistent collections data entry.
  2. Understand the role of technology and reformatting collections in modern archival management.

The intern should have keyboarding and computer skills, with a demonstrated ability to perform detailed work.

A member of the church’s Heritage Committee will be available to supervise the intern during the fall semester. Internships for 1 credit require 42 hours’ work; 2 credits require 84 hours; 3 credits require 126 hours. Academic credit is available through the History and Historic Preservation departments. Academic credit is not available through the Museum Studies program.

To apply for the internship, send a cover letter and resume to Margaret Mock, Co-Director, John J. Johnson Archives Center, mmock@umw.edu. Deadline for the 2015 spring semester is January 23.

Internship Panel Monday (11/17)

Thinking about applying for an internship? Wondering how to find one,

and what the benefits are? Want to hear about local internship

opportunities, and the internship experiences of UMW students?


Come to the Department of History and American Studies’

 

Internship Panel

 

Monday, November 17 at 5 p.m.

Monroe Hall 233

 

We’ll have chips, cookies and soda to snack on.

 

Questions? Contact Jason Sellers, jseller4@umw.edu

2015 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) is pleased to call for applications to the

2015 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program  

…and affiliated programs

Through the Smithsonian’s flagship fellowship program, graduate, pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students – as well as conservators and senior scholars – have the opportunity to delve into independent research and study across an incredible range of disciplines at the largest museum in the world. Smithsonian Fellows have access to unparalleled collections, world-class scholars, and state-of-the-art facilities to explore the natural sciences, art, history, and culture.

Programs now accepting applications include:

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) (for Graduate Students, Predoc Students, Postdoc Researchers, and Senior Researchers)

The Smithsonian Biodiversity Genomics Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Smithsonian Postgraduate Fellowship in Conservation of Museum Collections

The Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF)

The Smithsonian Mpala Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Stable Isotope Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship

The MarineGeo Postdoctoral Fellowship

The James Smithson Fellowship Program

The George Burch Fellowship

Please note the application deadline for most of these programs is Monday 12/1/14 (however, deadlines vary, so please see specific program information).

For more information, please go to http://smithsonianofi.com or call the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships at 202-633-7070.

P.S. For information on undergraduate internships, see Smithsonian Internships: Mentor-Based Learning Opportunities.

 

Internships: The Borgen Project

The Borgen Project, a national campaign that focuses on global poverty, has telecommuting internships opening in Virginia and welcomes students to apply. The descriptions for positions are listed below. For more information, see:  http://borgenproject.org

 

Political Affairs Internship

This is a part-time 14-hours per week telecommuting internship. The internship is 4-months and responsible for leading public and political outreach in the state and district assigned to. Must be available Monday’s 4:30-6:00 PM PST for The Borgen Project’s national conference call.

– Meet with members of Congress and/or Congressional staffers in your State and District.
– Represent The Borgen Project at various business, political and community events.
– Assist with fundraising. Create a personal fundraising campaign and meet targets.
– Mobilize individuals to contact their members of Congress in support of key poverty-reduction legislation.
– As needed, speak to groups, classes and organizations.
– Write letters of support for key programs to political leaders, media and other groups.

Qualifications:
– Outstanding writing skills.
– Self-starter who can produce great results with limited supervision.
– Strong oral communication skills and ability to lead meetings and give speeches.


To Apply: To be considered for the Political Affairs Internship, please email your resume to
openings@borgenproject.org.

Regional Director

Location: Nationwide (Telecommute Volunteer Role)
Salary: Unpaid
Duration: 6 months
Hours: 4-6 hours per week

Regional Directors operate independently from home and maintain contact with The Borgen Project’s Seattle office. Regional Directors sign a 6-month contract. The position is volunteer and is roughly 4-6 hours per week. Regional Directors attend a conference call every Monday evening. Regional Directors come from many diverse backgrounds, some of which include a news anchor, veteran, banker, teacher, relief worker, political staffer, sales manager, programmer, and college students.

Key Responsibilities:
Attend one (30-60 minute) conference call every week with the President of The Borgen Project and Regional Directors from across the United States (5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT).
– Meet with local congressional leaders and lobby for legislation that improves living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.
– Mobilize people in your community to contact their congressional leaders to support poverty reduction legislation.
– Manage and implement fundraising campaigns.
– Build a network of people engaged in the cause.
– Serve as The Borgen Project’s ambassador in your city.

Qualifications:
Basic understanding of U.S. Politics and international development.
– Highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple functions and tasks while managing their work time efficiently.
– Strong team player that loves to bring new ideas to the table.
– Ability to demonstrate frequent independent judgment with decisiveness.
– Excellent overall communication skills: oral, written, presentation

How to Apply: To apply, send your resume to hiring@borgenproject.org

Fall 2014 Internship – John J. Johnson Archives Center, Fredericksburg

Internship Announcement:

Collection Management Internship at the John J. Johnson Archives Center

Fredericksburg United Methodist Church

Fall 2014

The John J. Johnson Archives Center of the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church consists of official documents, papers, photographs, recordings, books and artifacts. The church, founded in 1802, is located at 308 Hanover Street in Fredericksburg’s Historic District. The mission of the Center is to catalog and index this collection. The Center will make these items accessible to church members, scholars, educational institutions and the general public for study and research. The Center’s dedicated, climate controlled work area comprises a work room with a scanner, printers and computer equipment, as well as a storage closet with approximately 30 cardboard boxes of papers, photographs, artifacts, etc.

Intern Duties:

The intern will begin the process of indexing the collection’s documents and objects using PastPerfect 5.0 software. PastPerfect is a leader in collection and contact management software. Several local museums use PastPerfect, including the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center, the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, and the James Monroe Museum (operated by the University of Mary Washington). Training CDs will be available for learning how to use the software. Opportunities exist for collaboration with other local museums familiar with PastPefect.

Learning Outcomes for the Intern:

  1. Understand the importance of preserving documents and objects and making them accessible to the public.
  2. Become familiar with PastPerfect software and learn how to attach images, keep data safe, focus on efficiency, and maintain consistent collections data entry.
  3. Understand the role of technology and reformatting collections in modern archival management.

The intern should have keyboarding and computer skills, with a demonstrated ability to perform detailed work.

A member of the church’s Heritage Committee will be available to supervise the intern during the fall semester. Internships for 1 credit require 42 hours’ work; 2 credits require 84 hours; 3 credits require 126 hours. Academic credit is available through the History and Historic Preservation departments. Academic credit is not available through the Museum Studies program.

To apply for the internship, send a cover letter and resume to Margaret Mock, Co-Director, John J. Johnson Archives Center, mmock@umw.edu.

Deadline for the 2014 fall session is September 12.

Internship Opportunity – Summer & Fall 2014

Summer and Fall 2014 Virtual Internship Opportunities

 

Envisioning History, an educational non-profit in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has Summer and Fall Semester internship opportunities for undergraduates to process electronic historical data into an advanced geospatial database.  The subject of the historical material is World War II; the interns’ work product will help populate a database with thousands of documents, media files, events, people, organizations, tactical and strategic government decisions, etc.  The database—which essentially works like Google Earth with a time dimension added—will soon be available for undergraduate and graduate level historical research.   

Envisioning History works with universities to allow interns to obtain academic credit for their work, where the university allows this.  Usually 50 hours of internship work equals 1 credit hour, or more typically 150 hours of internship work equals 3 credit hours. In order to obtain credit, formal arrangements must be made with the university before the internship begins.  Envisioning History has standard formats for making these arrangements – what the prospective intern must do is put us in touch with the appropriate Professor or Department Head.

Nature of the Work:

  • Interns will process digitized primary source reports, documents and media from World War II, will plot geo-coordinates of events and will cross-tag the documents with the associated events, ships, military units, people, etc.
  • Training in use of the software (currently in wide use by the U.S. and other NATO military and intelligence organizations) will be provided. If you can use Google Earth, you can easily handle this software.
  • Work can be done from any location with a reasonably fast internet connection.
  • Working with Envisioning History and their sponsoring Professors at the beginning of the Internship, Interns will set weekly progress goals and Envisioning History will send a summary progress report to the sponsor.
  • Students may be given a choice of areas of WWII history to work with, such as the Central Pacific Campaign (Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, etc.), the US return to the Philippines, The Battle of the Bulge, the Eastern Front, etc.  Students who have a particular interest should make that clear when they apply, although we cannot guarantee everyone’s choices.  There will be some outside reading required to familiarize you with the assigned subject area.

 Requirements:

  • Undergraduate history and geography majors will be given preference, although others may apply.
  • Interns will be required to provide their own laptop or desktop computer, preferably with a mouse with a scroll wheel. PCs work better than Apple products with this software platform.
  • Interns should have strong self discipline skills, as they will work when they choose without direct supervision.  Their work will be reviewed before it is published into the database.

Benefits:

  • Interns will obtain practical experience in the use of an advanced geospatial database and will be able to retain a database account for their own studies and research during the academic year and beyond.
  • Interns will develop a detailed sense of how historical relationships develop and persist between people, places and things.
  • Interns will learn details of the military, technological and economic events of World War II
  • Opportunities for further graduate-level fellowships may be available, depending on the proficiency the intern develops.

If you are interested in an Internship, please contact Dr. Jeffrey McClurken (jmcclurk@umw.edu) for more information. For application, e-mail a brief summary of your qualifications and assessment of your computer skills to: rick.ector@envisioninghistory.org.