Madison, WI: Paid Photography Archiving Internship, Center for Railroad Photography & Art


Job Opening Title: Photography Archiving Internship

Institution/Organization Name: Center for Railroad Photography and Art

Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Madison, WI

Application Deadline:

Link to job posting:

Years of experience required:

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts and education organization whose mission is to preserve and present significant images of railroading, exploring the relationships between railroad art and culture with American history and life. The Center does not maintain its own museum space, but partners with organizations across the country to present traveling exhibitions, events, and publications, and to acquire and maintain significant collections of railroad photography and art.

Internship opportunities are available for students with interests in photographs and archiving. Specific knowledge of railroads is not required, so long as students are curious and willing to learn. Students need to be highly self-motivated and comfortable working independently, but they will have the opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways to the Center’s core projects. Center staff members will provide direction and are eager to work with the university and the students on projects that will benefit the organization while helping the students grow and providing experience that supplements their education and assists in their professional growth.

Photography Archiving Intern
• Conserves photographic materials by transferring original media to archival-safe housing
• Maintains original organizational system created by photographer
• Notes strengths of collection with regards to era, geography, subject matter, etc., and identifies potentially significant images
• Digitizes analog media using digital cameras and/or scanners, transferring organization scheme to digital files
• Posts and shares photographs online through the Center’s social media channels
• Skills required
o Organization
o Willingness to learn and follow best practices for photographic archiving
o Willingness to learn about railroad history in order to identify important trends and images within large collections
o Preferred: familiarity with Photoshop and digital cameras and scanners
• Benefits
o Hourly pay, up to 20 hours per week
o Flexible schedule
o Located on multiple bus lines convenient to campus

Interested candidates please email Scott Lothes (scott@railphoto-art.org) with resume.

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About Meredith Lowe

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