Summary of Position:
NPHM seeks an organized self-starter to join the Research and Collections team. The Museum holds a small collection of artifacts, photos, documents, oral history, and art work and is currently planning and researching upcoming permanent and temporary exhibitions. The Research and Collections Intern will support staff on all collections management activities and institutional research priorities, including oral history, exhibition development, and public and conference presentations. This is a great opportunity to get involved with and learn more about collections care and management, archival practices, primary source research, and curatorial work.
Major Duties & Responsibilities:
- Execute relevant research projects related to institutional research projects, including the history of public housing, Chicago history, oral history, etc.
- Conduct, edit, transcribe, archive and catalog oral history interviews (audio and video files)
- Research and prepare interpretive text for exhibitions and other educational materials, as needed
- Catalogue collections
- Make archival finding aids
- Organize institutional archives
- Create condition reports and measure dimensions for new acquisitions or as needed
- Create scanned images or digital photographs for new acquisitions or as needed
- Editing images for presentation preparation
- Make inventories for new collections or as needed
- Facilitate basic conservation activities
- Assist with storage set-up and management, as well as collections movement
- Perform other administrative tasks related to research projects and to the collections
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Excellent organizational skills, problem solving abilities, and an eye for detail
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Energetic team player who works well in collaborative situations.
- Ability to meet deadlines, multi-task and provide effective follow-up with staff and external partners.
- Dependability, accuracy and attention to detail are musts, as are the ability to function independently, as well as in a team environment.
- Excellent Microsoft Office Skills
- Experience with databases is a plus
- Familiarity with current humanities scholarship
- Ability to work independently and as a team player; handle multiple tasks at once; adhere to deadline
- Knowledge of digital photography and digitization technologies
- Experience with photograph, audio and video editing software a plus
- Knowledge of Photoshop, museum collections or archival management system, a plus
- Experience handling museum, archives, or library collections a plus
- Knowledge of current archival arrangement and description standards a plus
- Currently attending a postsecondary institution, in a graduate program.
- Be able to work 10 or more hours per week.
- Ability to work between weekday work hours (9 am–5pm) a plus.
This is a paid internship at $15.00/hour.
Start Date: Immediate
625 North Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL, US 60654
Hours per week:10