Special Collections Research Center

Internships at SCRC - Spring 2018

 

L. Claire Kincannon Graduate Internship - Paid

Project Description
George Mason University’s Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is offering a paid archival internship for George Mason University graduate students during the Spring of 2018. Located on Mason’s Fairfax, VA campus in Fenwick Library, SCRC houses thousands of linear feet of archival collections and rare books, including manuscript collections and the University Archives, with the following collecting strengths: Virginia, Northern Virginia, and Washington DC history, the performing arts, transportation and planning, conflict analysis resolution, and US politics and government among others. SCRC is also home to a robust Oral History Program, dedicated to documenting the histories of individuals from the George Mason community and beyond.

The L. Claire Kincannon Graduate Internship provides support for experiential learning opportunities for George Mason University graduate students with interests, career goals, and skills related to archives. Preference will be given to applicants from the performing arts programs, but the program is not limited to performing arts graduate students.  

SCRC seeks an intern to transcribe hand-written letters written during World War II by Jerome Epstein, a cousin of Ms. Kincannon. Information about Mr. Epstein and his collection may be found here: https://scrc.gmu.edu/finding_aids/epstein.html. Under the supervision of the Manuscript and Archives Librarian, the intern will be trained in transcription procedures. As a deliverable, the intern will also digitize the transcribed letters, create descriptive metadata, and upload files to SCRC’s online digital repository, LUNA. Specific tasks include: transcribing letters, using OCR software, 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 a George Mason University Graduate Program with an interest in archives, special collections, history, performing arts may apply.

Learning Objectives
The L. Claire Kincannon Intern will gain hands-on experience in the following: archival concepts and application of transcription, technical aspects of digitizing archival records, 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
December 20, 2017

Start Date
January 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, 10 - 15 hours a week, and pays $1500. Start and end dates 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 experience transcribing and 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

 

Digitization Internship

Project Description
George Mason University’s Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is offering an unpaid, for-credit digitization internship during the Spring of 2018. Located on Mason’s Fairfax, VA campus in Fenwick Library, SCRC houses thousands of linear feet of archival collections and rare books, including manuscript collections and the University Archives, with the following collecting strengths: Virginia, Northern Virginia, and Washington DC history, the performing arts, transportation and planning, conflict analysis resolution, and US politics and government among others. SCRC is also home to a robust Oral History Program, dedicated to documenting the histories of individuals from the George Mason community and beyond.

In an effort to expand our digital assets and further our digitization program, SCRC seeks an intern to undertake a digitization project. Under the supervision of the Manuscript and Archives Librarian, the intern will digitize 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
December 20, 2017

Start Date
January 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 experience 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

 

George Mason University 50th Anniversary Exhibit Internship

George Mason University’s Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is offering an unpaid, for-credit internship during the spring of 2018. Located on Mason’s Fairfax, VA campus in Fenwick Library, SCRC houses thousands of linear feet of archival collections and rare books, including manuscript collections and the University Archives, with the following collecting strengths: Virginia, Northern Virginia, and Washington DC history, the performing arts, transportation and planning, conflict analysis resolution, and US politics and government among others. SCRC is also home to a robust Oral History Program, dedicated to documenting the histories of individuals from the George Mason community and beyond.

The Project
The University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is joining the Mason Alumni Association and other university offices in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of George Mason’s First Graduating Class. A series of events commemorating this anniversary will take place during the spring of 2018, culminating in a major event at the Eagle Bank Arena in May.

To help commemorate the anniversary, the University Libraries will be mounting an exhibition in the SCRC exhibition area in Fenwick 2400. The intern will be working closely with SCRC staff to conceive and create this exhibition.  The intern will conduct archival research and select images from SCRC and other George Mason University outlets (i.e. George Mason University Creative Services) for presentation in the exhibition. He or she will digitize materials (as necessary) and compile appropriate descriptive metadata for each item and prepare exhibit text for the group of items for the physical exhibition. This exhibition will also be presented in a digital format. The intern will help curate the digital site. 

 As part of the event at the arena, there will also be an exhibition, where images from the years 1968 – 2018 will be displayed. The intern will help mount this exhibition with SCRC staff.

He or she will attend planning meetings with SCRC and other university staff and will update the project’s progress through blog posts on SCRC’s Vault 217 blog and through SCRC social media assets. 

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 intern will gain hands-on experience in the following: conducting archival research and writing for exhibitions, appropriate handling of archival records, digitizing archival materials (as necessary) and digitization standards, project management, the ongoing functions of an active archival repository, safe, secure, responsible and effective display of exhibition materials,  and using social media to promote the repository’s outreach to patrons.
 
Application Deadline
December 20, 2017

Start Date
January 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 using original materials to tell a story.  How did you approach the project and what was the outcome?

2.  How will participating in the project described above serve your career goals?

as well as a resume, and contact information for three references to Robert Vay at rvay@gmu.edu