Special Collections Research Center

Internships at SCRC - Fall 2018

Digitization Internship

Project Description 

George Mason University’s Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is offering an unpaid, for-credit digitization internship during the Fall of 2018. Under the supervision of the Manuscripts and Archives Librarian and Processing Coordinator, the intern will digitize a portion of the Edith Ker collection of travel and wildlife photography. As a deliverable, the intern will upload the digital images so that they will be available in SCRC’s online digital repository, LUNA. Specific tasks include: using hi-res scanners to digitize records, handling rare and delicate materials, creating appropriate metadata to accompany digital records, digital asset management, including quality control and minor photo editing, updating the project’s progress through blog posts on SCRC’s Vault 217 blog, and other tasks. 

Qualifications 
Graduate students currently enrolled in an MLS/MLIS or Public History Program with an interest in archives, special collections, and/or digitization may apply.

Learning Objectives 
The Digitization Intern will gain hands-on experience in the following: technical aspects of digitizing archival records, digital preservation, digital curation, appropriate handling of archival records, archival digitization standards, project management, the ongoing functions of an active archival repository, and using social media to promote the repository’s archival endeavors.

Application Deadline
June 22, 2018

Start Date 
Late August-Early September 2018 

Project Timeline and Location 
The internship is located at the Special Collections Research Center, Fenwick Library, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA, 22030. The internship is planned for 16 weeks, 15 hours a week. Start and end date are flexible based on the intern’s schedule and availability.

To apply, please submit a cover letter addressing the following questions:

1.  Describe a project you have worked on that required completing repetitive tasks and careful attention to detail.  How did you approach the project and what was the outcome?

2.  How will the experience of digitizing an archival collection serve your career goals?

as well as a resume, and contact information for three references to Elizabeth Beckman at ebeckman@gmu.edu

 

Processing Internship

Project Description 
George Mason University’s Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is offering an unpaid, for-credit archival processing internship during the Fall of 2018. Under the supervision of the Manuscripts and Archives Librarian and the Processing Coordinator, the intern will process the College of Visual and Performing Arts records within SCRC’s University Archives in its entirety. As a deliverable, the intern will have the collection completely arranged, described, housed in archival quality boxes and folders, as well as edit/complete a finding aid for the collection, which will be uploaded to SCRC’s website at the end of processing. Specific tasks include: proposing an arrangement scheme, archival description, surveying the collection, creating inventories, utilizing Archivists’ Toolkit and EAD to complete the collection’s finding aid, updating the project’s progress through blog posts on SCRC’s Vault 217 blog, and other tasks. 

Qualifications 
Graduate students currently enrolled in an MLS/MLIS or Public History Program with an interest in archives, special collections, and/or processing archival collections may apply.

Learning Objectives
 
The Processing Intern will gain hands-on experience in the following: the full lifecycle of archival processing, creating a cohesive and accurate finding aid using current archival standards, project management, the ongoing functions of an active archival repository, and using social media to promote the repository’s archival endeavors.

Application Deadline
June 22, 2018

Start Date
 
Late August-Early September 2018 

Project Timeline and Location
 
The internship is located at the Special Collections Research Center, Fenwick Library, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA, 22030. The internship is planned for 16 weeks, 15 hours a week. Start and end date are flexible based on the intern’s schedule and availability.

To apply, please submit a cover letter addressing the following questions:

1.  Describe a project you have worked on that required completing repetitive tasks and careful attention to detail.  How did you approach the project and what was the outcome?

2.  How will the experience of processing an archival collection serve your career goals?

as well as a resume, and contact information for three references to Elizabeth Beckman at ebeckman@gmu.edu