Castine Historical Society (CHS) is offering one internship opportunity for a graduate student enrolled in a museum studies, public history, archival science or related Master's degree or Ph.D. program. The internship is full time (35 hours per week) for 10 weeks in the spring or summer of 2016 with a stipend of $2,800.The Society will work with the student to structure the internship to meet requirements for academic credit as needed.
Description of Duties
Inventory of Collections
Working with the curator, the intern will inventory parts of the collection using PastPerfect software and re-house manuscripts, photographs, textiles, ephemera and small artifacts using archival storage materials. The curator will provide training and supervision for this ongoing project occupying approximately 50% of the intern's time. The work involves confirming location information, reviewing catalog records and correcting data discrepancies while improving storage practices where needed. The intern will work as a member of a professional team to efficiently accomplish the task while employing best practices.
Walking Tour Program
Working with a community member, the intern will offer a weekly guided walking tour of Castines general history based on scripts developed by previous CHS Interns. Approximately 10% of the intern's time will be spent gaining experience sharing local history with visitors. While the intern will work with a volunteer on the tours, the curator will be the supervisor.
Public History Project of Interns Choice
The intern will have several options for a public history project to occupy the remaining 40% of each week:
· Exhibit research and planningin support of the 2017 summer exhibit at CHS, telling the 19th century story of building full-rigged ships in Castine
· Develop podcasts for self-guided walking toursa project that would require the intern to research, design, record and post podcasts on a local history topic such as architecture, military history, maritime commerce, education, etc.
· Or the applicant could propose an idea of his/her own consistent with CHSs education or preservation objectives.
Skills and Abilities of the Ideal Candidate
- Sincere interest in documenting and sharing history
- Demonstrated attention to details
- Social skills for working well with staff and volunteers
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Professional behavior and customer service attitude
- Excellent time management and communication skills
- Computer experience and affinity