Guantanamo Public Memory Project Summer Internship

Research Intern

Guantánamo Public Memory Project

About the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience ( is a worldwide network of “Sites of Conscience” – historic sites dedicated to remembering past struggles for justice and addressing their contemporary legacies. Sites of Conscience, like the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in the United States, the Gulag Museum in Russia and the District Six Museum in South Africa, foster public dialogue on social issues to build lasting cultures of human rights. The Coalition provides member sites with direct funding for civic engagement programs; organizes learning exchanges ranging from one-on-one collaborations to international conferences; and conducts strategic advocacy for sites and the Sites of Conscience movement. Currently, the Coalition is led by 17 Sites of Conscience and includes more than 230 members in 44 countries.

About the Guantánamo Public Memory Project

The Coalition is launching a new international project to raise broad public awareness of the entire history of the US Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The Guantánamo Public Memory Project will collect and make public stories, documents, photos, videos and oral testimonies from different perspectives and time periods throughout Gitmo’s 100 year history. Using Web 2.0, media, art, documentary, etc. the project will invite the public to share their own stories of Gitmo and engage in debate about the larger issues this site and others like it across the world raise. An initial step in this project will be to map existing resources related to Guantánamo’s history, as well as organizations and individuals with resources to contribute.

About the Internship

The intern will be responsible for researching and analyzing current press coverage on Guantánamo, including detecting news trends, story ideas and interventions that can be made in today’s debates around closing Gitmo. Additionally, the intern will identify key journalists, individuals and organizations who influence the debates in the media.

Responsibilities include:

Compiling press clips on a weekly basis via Google alerts, LexisNexis, etc.
Analyzing media clips to identify trends and issues
Researching and updating media lists
Maintaining a calendar of upcoming events
Preparing Coalition information and press packets


Background in public relations/communications and/or journalism
Excellent research, communication and organization skills required
Familiarity with internet databases and search engines
Knowledge of Arabic or Spanish a plus
Ability to work independently and creatively

Please email a cover letter and résumé by April 9, 2010 to We will continue accepting applications until we fill this position. The summer internship begins May 2010 and requires a minimum of 20 hours/week.

Note: Has not been filled yet.

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

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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