Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs Internship Announcement

The Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs is hiring one intern to assist in remote reference for and basic processing of archival collections, including records documenting the history and service of American volunteer ambulance drivers during World Wars I and II.

The American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc.:

The American Field Service was founded by American-born A. Piatt Andrew, who secured an authorization from the French Army for American volunteer ambulance units to rescue wounded soldiers in battle during World War I.  Under Andrew’s leadership, AFS took part in every great battle in which French troops were engaged between 1915 and 1917, until the U.S. entered the war.  Stephen Galatti reactivated AFS during World War II, and from 1940 until 1945 AFS volunteer drivers served in France, North Africa, the Middle East, Italy, France, Germany, and India and Burma.  Today, AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc. is an international nonprofit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.

Description:

The primary responsibility of the Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs intern will be to arrange and describe small archival collections under the supervision of the AFS Head Archivist.  The intern will also assist in other related activities as needed, including remote reference assistance.

Schedule:

Minimum one day (or two half days) per week, with flexible hours between 9:30-5:00, Monday through Friday for the duration of the spring semester (January through April 2012.)

Qualifications:

The candidate (graduate students or recent graduates) must be currently enrolled in or have successfully completed an introduction to archives or archival management course.  The candidate must also have basic computer skills (including experience with Microsoft Word and Excel), be organized and able to work independently on tasks, be flexible in changing situations, and be reliable and responsible.  A reading knowledge of French is preferred, though not required.

This internship is available for academic credit.

How to apply:

E-mail resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for two references under the subject heading “AFS Archives Internship” to nicole.milano@afs.org.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received until the January 16, 2012 deadline.

Nicole Milano

About Nicole Milano

Nicole Milano is the Head Archivist at the Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs in New York City.  Nicole received an M.A. in History from the University of Florida in 2009 and the Advanced Certificate in Archives from New York University in 2010.  As a student in Florida Nicole worked at the Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, and in New York served as an Archives Assistant in the New York University Archives,  the Sylvester Manor Papers Conservation Assistant in the Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Department, and the survey project intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives.  Nicole was also the 2010 Dulles Fellow at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University, where she co-curated an exhibition entitled "John F. Kennedy: From Old Nassau to the New Frontier."  Her internet archive and online exhibition on the Civil War in Florida, created for a graduate course in the Archive and Public History program at NYU, were featured in her poster presentations at the 2010 spring MARAC meeting and the 2010 SAA national conference.
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