Gates Archive is the private archive of the personal and philanthropic collections of the Gates family. Committed to creating a culture of learning and belonging, we are a team working to build a next generation archive with a focus towards digital-forward processes.
We are seeking two interns to gain experience working with archival materials. This opportunity is designed for interns to work with our team to acquire the skills essential for professional practice while contributing to the work of the organization. The interns will have the opportunity to complete a project and gain experience working in all archive program areas, as well as with our technology team.
These are full-time, paid internships that will be five months in length, scheduled to begin in June 2020.
Interns will be onsite in our Seattle, WA office.
Responsibilities: Work closely with the Gates Archive team to:
• Learn about and execute workflows for the acquisition, processing, preservation, digitization, cataloging, and access of audiovisual, digitized, and born-digital materials
• Survey, analyze, organize, and describe archival collections
• Apply appropriate preservation and storage measures for archival materials, both electronic and physical
• Maintain statistics, reports, and other metrics to improve collection management functions as necessary
• Fulfill other organizational duties as required
• Familiarity with modern archival theory, standards, and practices and their implementation. This knowledge includes an understanding of appraisal methods, arrangement and description, preservation, and access (digital/physical)
• Understanding of and ability to apply controlled vocabularies and descriptive standards, (e.g. DACS, EAD, and AAT); familiarity with a variety of metadata standards
• Knowledge of information technologies appropriate to special collections and archives, and familiarity with database management, word processing, spreadsheet software, and web-based applications and technologies used in an archives environment
• Ability to work collaboratively and productively across different teams
• Strong writing skills
• Strong computer skills, including MS Office Suite
• Experience using internet search engines
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Applicant must be able to satisfy background check and related requirements.
Enrolled or a recent graduate of a program of graduate or undergraduate study in Archival Studies, Library & Information Science, or related field such as History, Public History, Communications, or Computer Science.
Deadline for applications: Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by April 6, 2020.
To apply submit a résumé and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org