Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Internship opportunity in Charleston

Internship Opportunity at Historic Charleston Foundation

Archives and/or Library Assistant

Historic Charleston Foundation is offering a paid internship to a graduate or upper-level undergraduate student interested in gaining experience in archival work or librarianship. The internship (approximately 130 hours) may be done during the summer (between May-August) or during the fall semester (2008).

HCF’s mission is to preserve and protect the historical, architectural, and cultural character of Charleston and its historic environs, and to educate the public about its history and the benefits that are derived from preservation. The Archives and Library support the mission by collecting, preserving, and making available for research its collections of property files, photographs, architectural drawings, books, and other resources, which provide historical background about Charleston and the buildings (mostly) in the downtown historic district. HCF’s institutional records are also part of the archival collection; these include correspondence, minutes, scrapbooks, and other records, as well as documentation of early preservation and neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Job Description: The specific project(s) will be determined by the intern’s interest/experience and the needs of the archives and/or library. Projects may entail working with a variety of collections/materials such as institutional records, posters, brochures, and publications; photographs and slides; blueprints, architectural drawings, and maps; books, audiovisual items, and journals. The duration of the internship will be approximately 130 hours and the work schedule will be flexible as long as the intern commits to the completion of the project(s).

Duties May Include: Processing, arranging, describing, and cataloging archival and/or library materials; creating finding aids, indexes, and inventories of materials; inputting data into the Archives and Library Catalogs (Past Perfect software) and/or other databases; conducting research; scanning of photographs and other materials.

Qualifications: Graduate student in an Archives/Public History or Library and Information Science program, or undergraduate who has completed at least two years of college with a desire for a career in archives or libraries. Interest in or knowledge of historic preservation, architecture, and/or Charleston history is a plus, but not required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of archival and/or library methodology and techniques; experience using standard computer technology and office equipment, including word-processing programs, databases, scanners, and photocopiers; experience using Past Perfect or other museum collection management software; ability to work independently; good organizational skills; detail-oriented; reliable.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements: Standard office setting; professional dress and demeanor required. Work may require the ability to lift up to 30 lb. boxes. Work may involve periods of time in chilly environment.

Compensation: $10.00 per hour (for maximum 130 hours).

Send letter of interest and résumé to: Karen Emmons

Historic Charleston Foundation

P.O. Box 1120

Charleston, SC 29402

(843) 724-8490


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