Chevy Chase, MD: Paid Internship – Archive Assistant, Chevy Chase Historical Society

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Job Opening Title: Paid Internship: Archive Assistant

Institution/Organization Name: Chevy Chase Historical Society

Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Chevy Chase, Maryland

Application Deadline: October 15, 2016

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Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Chevy Chase Historical Intern (paid position) for Fall 2016
The Chevy Chase Historical Society (CCHS) [] is seeking an intern to work with our archival collections and assist with online exhibits on our website. The archive collection consists of more than 4,000 records from the 5 municipalities in Chevy Chase as well as the papers of individuals and local institutions, from the 1890s to the present. The documents include municipal records, newsletters, land records, more than 400 maps and architectural drawings, various publications, correspondence, memoirs, and more than 100 transcribed oral histories. The CCHS photographic collection contains more than 10,000 images. All of our materials are catalogued in PastPerfect 5. An intern will have the opportunity to assist the director with many aspects of managing archival collections, as well as assist patrons with research.
The intern will lead or work on some of the following activities:
*Oral History Transcriptions: All interviews are saved as digital files; using these files, the intern will work on a first draft transcription following Oral History Association transcription guidelines.

*Accessions and Record Updates using PastPerfect 5: The intern will accession municipal newsletters and smaller items, using the PastPerfect accession and cataloging software. Additional steps will include some scanning for reference thumbnails, as well as appropriate labeling. In addition, as we rearrange our materials, the intern will help update PastPerfect records to reflect new locations. Knowledge of PastPerfect is preferred, but not required.

*Uploading Content to the CCHS Website: The intern will assist the director in the development of a new online exhibit in several ways: proofreading text, checking proper labeling and sizing of images, and uploading content to the online exhibit template. Knowledge of Drupal preferred, but not required. Familiarity with Word and Adobe programs is required.

Applicants must commit to a quarter or semester-long internship (120 hours for credit, or less if not for credit). Interns are expected to work during the hours the Archive and Research Center is open: Tuesdays, roughly from 9:30 to 3:00, and another day as arranged with the Director, so that a minimum of 10 hours/week is achieved. The CCHS Archive and Research Center is located on the lower level of the Chevy Chase Public Library, 8005 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. It is accessible via public transportation using the Metro Red Line to Bethesda, and a transfer to the J2 bus, which stops at the intersection of East-West Highway and Connecticut Avenue, two blocks from the Chevy Chase Public Library.
A strong interest and a knowledge of archival practices is desirable; basic computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe) are required (we will provide training for PastPerfect and Drupal software. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program.
To apply, email Mary Ferranti, Director, CCHS Archive and Research Center, at with 1) your resume and 2) a statement of why you would like to intern with the Chevy Chase Historical Society.
Indicate whether you are requesting a for-credit internship, and the timeline for development and approval of the field study contract that is required by your school. Once applications are reviewed, we will contact applicants with a response and those selected for potential internships will be asked to interview with the Director.



About Meredith Lowe

Outreach Specialist in Continuing Education Services at UW-Madison SLIS. Erstwhile archivist.
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