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Internships in Colorado

Posted 2/20/2009

The Aspen Historical Society is currently taking applications for two intern positions we need to fill for the summer of 2009. 
One position is for a programming/site intern who will assist in AHS summer programs, special events, museum tours and site management at both of our in-town museums.  The other position is for a "ghost" intern who will work as an interpretive guide (or "ghost") at the ghost town of Independence in conjunction with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.  Basic expectations of interns include a 40 hour work week, availability from early June through Labor Day (though this is somewhat negotiable), flexibility and an enthusiastic, "can do" attitude.  Our interns are important ambassadors representing the Aspen Historical Society and we are looking for those candidates who can accept this role enthusiastically.
To find out more and to apply for these positions please go to our website's intern information page at (or to navigate your way there, go to our website at, roll your cursor over "About the Society", then "Our People" and then "Intern Information").  Interns are given a $4000 stipend for the summer and the application deadline is April 1, 2009.  If you need more information, please contact our Archivist Anna Scott at 970-925-3721, ext. 103 or

Internships in South Dakota

Posted 2/20/2009

Adams Museum and House seeks students at the junior, senior or graduate level to apply for internships in Education, Historic Gardens, Collections, Photo Archives, and Research. Contact Anne Rogers, 605-578-1928 or by email at

Internships in North Dakota

Posted 2/20/2009


The State Historical Society of North Dakota is offering five summer internships providing intensive work experience in a specialty area.  The State Historical Society of North Dakota operates the North Dakota Heritage Center, the state’s largest museum, as well as 55 historic sites and three regional museums.  It maintains a collection of over one million two- and three-dimensional objects and annually serves more than 250,000 people from around the world.

Available Internships  (5):

Dakota Datebook Research       Historic Interpretation         Curatorial            Technical Services                 Digital Project Archivist          


Prerequisites: In addition to specific internship requirements, all applicants must demonstrate a general knowledge of the humanities and/or history, organizational skills, strong communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, and the ability to work independently as well as with a variety of people.                               

Application Contents:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Official transcript(s)
  • One letter of recommendation from an instructor in the subject area

Stipend:  Undergraduate students will be paid $300 per 40 hour work week.  Graduate students will be paid $350 per 40 hour work week. 

Application Deadline:  Applications must be postmarked no later than February 27, 2009.

Notification:  Interviews and selection process will be completed by March 13, 2009.

Contact:  State Historical Society of North Dakota

Attn: Beth Campbell, Visitor Services Coordinator

612 East Boulevard Avenue

Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0830

Phone:   701/328-2666           E-mail:

Successful applicants will undergo a criminal background check.  The Society may decline to offer an applicant an internship based on the results of that check.   Interns wishing to receive course credit are responsible for coordinating credit requirements with their faculty advisor and with the State Historical Society of North Dakota internship supervisor.  Housing may be available through Bismarck State College. 


Scope of Work:  The internship is designed to promote research and writing skills in the successful candidate.  The Datebook intern will research story ideas for possible inclusion into the Dakota Datebook series on Prairie Public Radio.  The intern will learn research skills using microfilm and manuscript materials from the collections at the State Archives in the North Dakota Heritage Center.  The intern will become skilled at using microfilm readers, computer indexes, and learning how to access the collections at the State Historical Society. 

The intern will write on specific topics which will be provided or they may provide their own ideas for scripts for the series.  There will also be some indexing of past stories and the creation of finding aids for current writers of the program.  The intern will work with their supervisor to learn the skills of script writing and compiling future story ideas. 

Products:  Proposed scripts that are interesting, timely, and accurate for use in Dakota Datebook productions.

Schedule:  The internship is an eight-hour workday, Monday through Friday.  The length of the internship is negotiable, but eight to ten weeks is preferred.  The internship will begin with discussions between the Dakota Datebook staff, State Historical Society of North Dakota staff, and the intern.  These discussions will establish schedules, priorities, and processes for research projects.

Location:  North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck, ND

Supervisor:  Jim Davis, head of reference services

Prerequisites:  Experience in historical research, writing, and a general knowledge of North Dakota history.  


Scope of Work:  The historic interpretation internship includes two entities: the award winning Footsteps Into Medora’s Past program and interpretive work at the Chateau de Mores.  Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Internship planning sessions
  • Site meetings
  • Research on the community of Medora
  • Distribution of promotional materials for the program
  • Guiding visitors on daily walking tours through Medora and Chimney Park
  • Box office for museum theatre productions
  • Interpretation at the Chateau de Mores state historic site
  • Oral histories of area residents

Footsteps Into Medora’s Past is a collaborative project between the State Historical Society of North Dakota, Dickinson State University and Billings County Historical Society and Museum. The program includes a walking tour of Medora and Chimney Park, the museum drama “Recollections of Murder and Mayhem in Medora,”  and senior and children’s tours of the Chateau de Mores. The program received the “Excellence in Educational Programming” award from the American Association of Museums in 2007.

Products:  Daily activity journal, supplemental readings, Guiding walking tours, interpretation at the Chateau de Mores site, assistance with the specialty tours, transcriptions of oral histories of area residents, completion of mid-season and end-of-season evaluations.

Schedule:  June through August 2009, minimum 200 hours (some flexibility of dates possible). The workweek will include occasional weekends and evenings.

Location:  Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, and the community of Medora

Pre-requisites:  Fundamentals of Public Speaking class, Introduction to American History or History of the American West, Fundamentals of Composition.


Scope of work:  Assist curator of collections management (Museum Division) with collections management activities.  The intern will have the opportunity to work on a variety of collections tasks including accessioning, cataloging, loans and designing and installing a small exhibit.  The intern will develop skills in identification, classification, description, documentation, and storage of museum artifacts.  The intern will receive practical experience in all aspects of collections management as well as other areas of museum work.

Products:  Completed worksheets, photographs, and other products are possible, depending on the projects. A finished and installed exhibit.  Monthly reports of work completed will be required, along with on-site training and supplemental readings. 

Schedule:  Starting on or after July 1, 2008.   Will also consider internships starting in January 2009.   Both 3- month and 6- month internships available.

Location:  North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck, ND

Supervisor:   Jenny Yearous, curator of collections management 

Prerequisites:  Undergraduate student of senior status in anthropology, U.S. history, American studies, museum studies, natural history, or related field.  Recent graduates and graduate students are encouraged to apply.   Course work or experience in collections management/museum registration preferred.


Scope of Work:  The Technical Services intern will utilize CONTENTdm software to create a searchable resource for photographs from the State Historical Society’s collections.  CONTENTdm software is used to store and manage a variety of resources from the state archives.  Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Locating archival scans on portable hard drive, then resizing and adjusting resolution of photographs using GIMP software.  Converting photographs from TIFF files to JPEG files.
  • Import photographs into CONTENTdm software and describe according to guidelines in Data Dictionary.
  • Perform any needed research to fully describe or identify the photographs using library resources.
  • Upload finished files to the CONTENTdm server for review by supervisor.
  • This project will be completed in small batches of no more than 50 images at a time. 

Products:  Inputting a minimum of 500 images in CONTENT dm.  The intern will also learn to use a variety of research tools, such as ODIN catalog, and Library of Congress authority files.   Additional goals to be established by the intern and his or her supervisor.  Attending staff meetings and training sessions.  Participation in mid-term and final evaluation. 

Schedule:  The internship is an eight-hour workday, Monday through Friday.  The length of the internship is negotiable, but eight to ten weeks is preferred. 

Location:  North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck, ND

Supervisor:  Rachel White, Head of Technical Services

Pre-requisites:   Computer skills and the ability to ability to learn how to operate CONTENTdm software.  In addition the intern will learn to use a variety of software including GIMP photo software, Microsoft Access,  research tools including ODIN catalog, and the Library of Congress authority file.      


Scope of Work:  The Digital Project Archivist (DPA) intern will assist in selection and scanning of photographs and documents in historical organizations throughout the state.  The intern will collect descriptive data on images and check for copyright and ownership compliance.  They will work directly with the director of the State Archives to contact participating institutions and schools to coordinate scanning and set up training.  Regular progress reports with the project team regarding the project status and activities.  The DPA intern will work with the head of technical services and archivists at UND and NDSU to upload images and metadata files to CONTENTdm.  Scanning will be performed in Bismarck, NDSU (Fargo), UND (Grand Forks), or at other sites as needed.   

Products:  Completed scans and descriptions of images from local historical organizations for purposes of uploading to CONTENTdm. 

Schedule:  The internship is an eight-hour workday, Monday through Friday.  The length of the internship is negotiable, but eight to ten weeks is preferred.  The internship will begin with discussions between State Historical Society staff and the intern.  These discussions will establish schedules, priorities, and processes for the project.

Location:  North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck.   In state travel will be required.

Supervisor:  Ann Jenks, Director, State Archives and Historical Research Library

Prerequisites:  Ability to interact positively with a varied clientele and provide appropriate information or direction. Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be self-motivated. Computer skills required, including basic knowledge of word processing and database programs for data entry. Must have a valid driver’s license, a dependable vehicle and be willing to travel. Ability to maintain a filing system.


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