The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections is currently seeking applicants for the Friends of the Van Pelt Library Graduate Internship for summer 2015. As a regional history manuscript collection and designated Keweenaw Heritage Site, the Michigan Tech Archives collects material documenting the Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula, and the history of Michigan Tech.
The intern selected will receive substantial experience in both public service and collections handling. The intern will assist in day-to-day public service activities, including greeting and assisting researchers, retrieving and shelving collections, and assisting university and community patrons with use of materials and equipment. The intern will also gain experience in organizing, describing, and processing archival collections. This includes researching people or events covered by a collection, cleaning, arranging, boxing, and creating finding aids.
Preference will be given to applicants currently enrolled in a graduate archival studies program, but consideration may be given for equivalent education and experience. The following skills are required:
- Knowledge of contemporary archival practices, policies, and procedures, including arrangement and description, and familiarity with DACS, LCSH, and AAT.
- Demonstrated analytical and research skills.
- Ability to work independently and exercise initiative, discretion, and judgment.
- Ability to work collegially and effectively with others.
- Knowledge of basic computing and software in the Microsoft Office Suite.
This is a 35 hour per week, part-time summer position to span seven weeks. The preferred start date is June 29, to coincide with the university’s second summer session, but a different June start date may be possible. There are no benefits included with this position and the successful candidate will be expected to cover travel expenses to Houghton, Michigan. The intern will be compensated in the form of a $2000 housing stipend and an hourly wage of $10.00 per hour. The housing stipend can be used for a single occupancy dorm room + meal plan or the intern can independently make their own off-campus housing arrangements. In addition to a great work environment you will enjoy exquisite scenery, moderate temperatures, and outdoor activities near the shores of Lake Superior!
To learn more about us, please visit our website: http://www.mtu.edu/library/archives/
Applications are due by April 30, 2015. Direct any questions, or submit your cover letter and resume to:
Lindsay Hiltunen, Senior Archivist
Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections
Attn: Graduate Student Summer Intern Position
Van Pelt and Opie Library
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer.