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Manuscript InternTitle:  Manuscripts Acquisitions Intern

Department:  Collections

Supervisor:  Collections Assistant, Manuscripts

Hours: 4-8 hours/week (Monday-Friday, normally between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.).

Timeframe:  Fall 2013

Status:  Unpaid; a limited number of stipends are available to students from communities of color who are underrepresented in the Society.

Location: Minnesota Historical Society, Saint Paul, MN

Project Summary: Appraise and arrange incoming manuscripts collections and prepare preliminary box/folder/volume spreadsheets.

Ideal degrees:   History, fine arts, library science or related degrees.

Student Qualifications: The candidate must be a junior or senior level undergraduate or graduate level student.

  • Familiarity with historic documents.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of record keeping processes and paper filing systems.
  • Knowledge of standard office software.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision.

Student Responsibilities:

Keep any information in “restricted” files confidential.  Information in restricted files must not be shared with anyone outside the Collections Department.

  • Appraise and arrange incoming manuscripts collections.
  • Label folders and boxes with clarity and accuracy.
  • Prepare box/folder/volume spreadsheets.
  • Research and draft biographical sketches and organizational histories as requested.

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • Practical experience in the appraisal and arrangement of manuscripts collections. 
  • Experience using common office software.
  • Exposure to and knowledge of varied manuscripts collections
  • Experience in historical research.

Additional Materials Required:

  • Writing sample of at least 3-5 pages demonstrating research skills and/or any applicable skills.

To apply, please visit the Internship Program Application Process page.