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Internships

The Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) invites applications from undergraduate and graduate students for its summer 2022 internship program. ADAH internships are paid, and students may be able to obtain academic credit depending on the policies of their educational institutions. Applicants should have interest in history, public history, library science, archival studies, public administration, or related fields, but prior experience is not required.

 

ADAH staff will provide professional training and supervision. All applicants must be at least 18 years old and be enrolled in an academic program. Effective communication skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat applications are required.

 

Pay rate:

  • $11.77 / hour for sophomores
  • $12.36 / hour for juniors
  • $12.98 / hour for seniors
  • $13.64 / hour for graduate students

To apply, submit an ADAH Summer 2022 Internship cover sheet, state application form, resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, and reference letter by a professor or academic advisor by March 1, 2022. All application materials should be emailed to Angela Motley at angela.motley@archives.alabama.gov or mailed to Alabama Department of Archives and History, ATTN: Angela Motley, P.O. Box 300100, Montgomery, Alabama, 36130.

 

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022.

 

 

Archival Processing Internship

 

This internship will provide the successful candidate with experience surveying, arranging, and describing records created in the early twentieth century by the Alabama Department of Corrections and other state agencies. The intern will also learn how to properly handle, repair, and store archival materials. Applicants must be able to bend, reach, and lift boxes weighing up to 40 pounds.


Digital Assets Internship (Remote)

 

This internship will provide experience transcribing and creating metadata for nineteenth-century case files of the Alabama Supreme Court. Applicants must be able to read cursive handwriting and will be required to complete a transcription exercise to be considered for an interview.


Discovery Internship

 

This internship is intended for undergraduate students who have little to no experience in the cultural heritage field and are interested in exploring opportunities. The intern will work in virtually every department at the ADAH spending time in archival and museum collections management, digitization, reference, public programs, and education.


ESBCO Research Room Internship

 

This internship will provide experience interacting with the public in an archival reference setting as well as working with Reference staff on a variety of projects over the course of the internship. These projects will include handling archival material, scanning archival records, indexing, assisting in creating presentations, researching, and interpreting primary source material. Applicants must be able to bend, reach, and lift boxes weighing up to 40 pounds.


State Government Records Research Internship (Remote)

 

This internship will provide experience researching and analyzing the history of interactions between the ADAH and other state agencies. The intern will review scanned copies of correspondence, memoranda, contextual information (such as newspaper articles), policies and procedures, and permanent records transmittal forms. The research will be used to compile key events, people, and dates which will then be summarized in written reports which ADAH staff can reference when seeking to understand past interagency events. Applicants for this internship will be required to complete a writing assignment to be considered for an interview.


Museum Collections Internship

 

This internship will provide the successful candidate with experience working with early childhood and K-12 students and teachers. Under the supervision education curators, the intern will participate in the ADAH summer library program; assist with teacher professional development workshops; conduct tours in the museum galleries; and develop educational resources using primary sources.


Museum Education Internship

 

This internship will provide practical experience in collections processing and working with legacy catalog records. The intern will inventory and process legacy catalog records pertinent to ADAH collections; create catalog records using PastPerfect museum database software; and learn best practices for handling and managing museum collections.


Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Program Internship

 

This internship will provide the successful candidate an opportunity to obtain practical experience with NAGPRA compliance work. Under supervision of collections staff, the intern will obtain a basic understanding of legal and ethical aspects of NAGPRA compliance; learn best practices for handling and managing culturally sensitive archaeological collections; process and analyze records pertinent to the archaeological collection; and assist with on-going NAGPRA consultation.