UW Archives Internship, American Heritage Center

Laramie, WY

Position Title: UW Archives Internship

Organization: American Heritage Center

Organization Overview: Traditionally, there are not many opportunities for people to gain experience working with archives in Wyoming. This opportunity would provide hands-on, real world skills working with archival materials. It also has the potential to inspire students to pursue a vocation that may have not been on their radar.

This goal of this project is to implement using community experts to help with arrangement, description, and preservation activities involved with archiving the records relating to a community they identify with. The internship supervisor will share information about re-housing materials and typical archival practices while the intern will be able to contribute their expert knowledge on the collection content to describe the material, put it in an order that will be easy for anyone to use, and make suggestions for improving the process. The archival material would then be transferred to the UW Archives for long- term preservation and made accessible to the public.

Position Overview: The intern will work with the UWBSC to re-house, arrange, and describe the records of their founding, programming, and other materials of historical significance to include in the UW Archives. This will enhance the goal of the UW Archives to have a more comprehensive account of the University history, provide new opportunities to students, and create opportunities for collaboration with communities to preserve their history.

Qualifications: Anyone looking for hands-on, real world experience with archival materials. Any UW student associated with the UWBSC is eligible for this internship, but recent UW graduates, current UW upper level undergraduates, and current UW graduate students will be given priority.

The intern will work at the American Heritage Center in Laramie.

Salary/pay: This internship is paid, with a lump sum stipend of $2000 at the completion of the internship. This requires 15 hours per week for a 10 week internship (can be adjusted to fit the student’s schedule).

How to apply: To apply, email Sara Davis a current resume or CV along with a cover letter addressing why you are interested in the position and how this applies to current studies and research. To ensure your application is received, please use the following subject line in your application email: “UW Archives UWBSC Summer 2021 Internship Application.” Review of applications will begin immediately.

Sara Davis, University Archivist, Sara.Davis@uwyo.edu, 307-766-6832

Brigida R. Blasi, Public History Educator, bblasi@uwyo.edu, 307-766-2580