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Interns typically participate in all or some of following activities designed to provide hands on experience with typical duties and functions performed in an archival setting:
Archival Processing Projects
Organization and description of archival collections in accordance with current standards. To include physical organization and rehousing of records, and creation of descriptive tools to faciliate user access to resources.
Digitization of materials from archival holdings. Creation or editing of metadata associated with these resources.
Assisting program staff in responses to reference inquiries, including research in the Center’s archival collections, document retrieval, photocopying, answering phone requests, letters and email.
Collection Management Duties
Assisting archivist in daily management duties, including accessioning collections, inventory, preservation tasks, appraisal of existing collection documentation and other duties as needed.
Exhibits and Outreach
Assisting the archivist and program staff in activities including exhibit work, preparation for tours and other outreach events.
Other projects as assigned
Students with special skills or interests will be assigned to collections which best utilize their experience. For example students interested in cartographic records may catalog or re-house map collections. Other students may catalog or transcribe oral history interviews, or assist in background research associated with grant proposals, programming, publications, exhibits or other projects as needed.
Please note that internship opportunities are limited, and are typically awarded to students with specific training or skills relevant to archival work. Please contact Heritage Resources for more information.
James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships
- Fellows will be expected to spend approximately a week examining CPNWS holdings in support of their research. Additional information about CPNWS collections is available at: http://library.wwu.edu/cpnws
- Fellows will be asked to give a presentation about some aspect of their research during the course of their scheduled visit. The audience will vary depending on the time of the year, but may include members of the general public as well as students, faculty and staff from Western and beyond.
- After completing their residency, Fellows will be asked to submit a brief (300-500 word) written statement describing their research and use of CPNWS holdings to support scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. This statement may be quoted from and/or otherwise published by Western Washington University.
Applications (Fellowship recipients have now been announced for 2014-2015. A call for Fellowship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year will be posted by early Summer, 2015).
- Applications may be submitted via mail or electronically and should include:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Research plan outlining on-site use of CPNWS holdings and proposed presentation topic.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Please send applications via email to Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu or by mail to Ruth Steele, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123. Please enter “Scott Research Fellowship Application” in the subject line of email applications.
- Funds will be awarded after a Fellow(s) has conducted her/his research at CPNWS and delivered their presentation and written statement.
- Fellowship awards may be subject to taxation in accordance with the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Applicants are advised that they may need a U.S. Taxpayer Identification Number (i.e. SSN or ITIN) to receive funds.