National Museum of American History Summer Archival Internships

The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, offers a full time, ten week, archival internship opportunity for graduate students each summer. The internship stipend is $5,000. Housing and benefits are not provided.

The internship will:

•Enable new professionals to understand, identify, and manage the historical records of American invention and innovation;

•Expose interns to the Museum’s rich historical collections in the history of technology and twentieth century material culture;

•Provide hands-on experience with archival collections that document invention and innovation;

•Create finding aids to collections documenting invention and innovation;

•Engage interns in discussion of archival issues and practices and provide a wide range of professional experiences within the Museum.

Internships are located in the Museum’s Archives Center, a manuscripts and special collections repository with more than 14,000 feet of holdings in a wide range of subject areas and a full time staff of nine. Interns must be enrolled in a graduate degree program and have completed graduate course work in archival, library, or information management, and/or graduate course work in American history, American Studies, Museum Studies, Public History, or another area that relates to the history of invention and innovation in American society. Recent graduates may also apply.

Applicants must apply through the Smithsonian online application system at: https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/SOLAAHome.html

Complete applications must include the following:

* Internship Program application form

* Undergraduate and graduate transcripts

(unofficial transcripts are acceptable)

* Essay

* Two letters of reference

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the FAQ when completing this application at: http://invention.smithsonian.org/resources/research_intern_faq.aspx

All materials must be submitted to the online application system by 1 March 2010 for consideration. Offers will be made by 5 April 2010. Internships begin on or after 1 June 2010.

Contact:

Alison L. Oswald, Archivist
National Museum of American History
Smithsonian Institution
Archives Center, Room 1100, MRC 601
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Phone (202) 633-3726
Fax (202) 786-2453
Email oswalda@si.edu

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017

http://history.fas.nyu.edu/object/history.gradprog.archivespublichistory.html

Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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