Summer Internships for Current Scholars

Mattatuck Historical Society

Title: Archives Intern
Location: Waterbury
Dates: Flexible
Hours: Approximately 35 hours weekly for a total of 315 hours. Schedule is flexible.

Job Description: 

The Archival Intern will first learn archival theory and best practices from the archivist and through short readings. Then, supervised by the archivist, the intern will begin to process small archival collections under one linear foot, that will result in a finding aid. If virtual or part time virtual, the intern will work on converting the already existing finding aids into ArchivesSpace instances. Lastly, the intern will help the archivist to answer reference questions.   

Key Duties & Responsibilities:   

  • Become familiar with archival terminology and best practices for handling archival materials. Learn Archival Theory through curated short readings and demonstrations provided by the Archivist.   
  • Process several small archival collections: rehousing, reorganizing, arranging, and describing collections under 1 linear foot. The result will be a finding aid that will live on the Mattatuck Library and Archive website.   
  • If virtual, or part time virtual, the intern will work on converting already processed collection’s finding aids into ArchivesSpace instances. Training and tutorials will be provided.   
  • Help answering reference questions and recording statistics.   

COVID Accommodations: 

The staff at the Mattatuck is currently all working on-site. The intern would be able to work safely and comfortably within the Museum and have COVID guidelines and protocols in place for staff and visitors, which include wearing masks and social distancing. If an intern is not entirely comfortable working in-person, they will have the opportunity to complete this internship part virtual and part in-person.

Career Experience: 

The Archives Intern will learn professional archival theory, implement best practices for processing collections on a small scale, and create finding aids through ArchivesSpace. 

Suggested College Majors: 

The individual who fills this internship position should have a strong interest in history, archives, or art – which includes students majoring in history, library sciences, or art. Students should also have an interest in working with archives or historical objects or within a library setting.

Applicant Requirements: 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.   
  • A successful candidate will demonstrate and interest in one or more of the following fields: library science, archival studies, art history, and/or art.   
  • A willingness to learn new skills and problem solve.