Gates Archive Internship

Summary: 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 an archive with a focus towards digital-forward processes.

The Gates Archive seeks interns to gain experience working with archival materials. This opportunity is designed for interns to work with the Gates Archive team to acquire the skills essential for professional practice while contributing to the work of the organization. These are paid internships, scheduled to begin in June 2021 with full or part-time options. The interns will have the opportunity to complete a bounded project and gain experience working in all archive services program areas, as well as with archive technology solutions.

Interns will work remotely with our Seattle, WA based team, with options to work onsite dependent on COVID-19 guidance and restrictions. This position entails a background check.

– To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each responsibility satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the core responsibilities.
– Work closely with and under the direction of the Gates Archive team to:
Survey, analyze, organize, and describe records of archival collections
– Apply appropriate preservation and storage measures for archival materials (electronic and physical)
– Learn about workflows for the acquisition, processing, preservation, and access of archival materials, including audiovisual, digitized, and born-digital materials
– Maintain statistics, reports, and other metrics to improve collection management functions as necessary
– Operate in an environment which prioritizes the values of teamwork, trust, professionalism and stewardship
– Fulfill other organizational duties as required

Skills and Abilities:
– Must be able to work collegially and collaboratively
– Highly organized with strong attention to detail
– Ability to prioritize work, set goals and milestones, and meet deadlines
– Proficient with Microsoft Office; familiarity with SharePoint, content management systems, and business communication platforms
– 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)
– Familiarity with common library and archive metadata and content standards (e.g., DACS, EAD, and AAT); familiarity with a variety of metadata standards
– Familiarity with information technologies used in special collections and archives environments (e.g., collection management, digital asset management, and digital preservation systems)
– Familiarity with approaches to working with private or sensitive information

Education and Experience:
– Enrolled in 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 on April 5, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the date the review begins.

To apply, submit a résumé and cover letter to

NOTES:2 openings.

Additional Salary Information: $20/hr. (undergraduate); $25/hr. (graduate)