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Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition Summer Graduate Internship

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) seeks one graduate intern to work closely with editors and other staff of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWG-K).

Through this competitive internship opportunity, a successful candidate will be responsible for researching and writing short annotation entries on named persons, places, organizations, and geographical features. This work will be completed and submitted on a weekly basis to the Project Director and Intern Supervisor for evaluation, with all annotations submitted on July 29, 2016, for final review. All research for the entries must be based in primary or secondary sources, and the intern is expected to keep a research file with notes and digital images of documents related to each entry. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn, acquire and exercise additional skills associated with documentary editing including document identification, metadata control, transcription, and XML encoding.

The overall goal of the internship is to provide a high-quality, supervised professional practicum that introduces the intern to the field of documentary editing in order to enhance their education and future employability. This internship will be filled by an American history graduate student in at least the second year of a M.A. program.

To apply, submit a narrative statement—focused on the questions below—of professional ability in the form of a cover letter, a CV, and two letters of recommendation to khs.hr@ky.gov. (No phone calls please.)

Research Experience: Describe your familiarity with research in 19th century U.S. history. Describe some projects you have undertaken. What sources have you used? Have you been published? Have you interpreted historical research in forms other than a scholarly peer-reviewed publication? How does the proposed research project differ from those you have undertaken in the past? Describe your familiarity with the strengths and weaknesses of online research databases such as Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, ProQuest, and Google Books.

Project Experience: Describe any work you have done in the editing of historical documents. Discuss how a project such as CWG-K maintains balance between thorough research and production schedules. Have you worked on other collaborative projects in the field of history or otherwise? Describe your ability to meet deadlines and regulate workflow. Describe your understanding of and/or experience with the "Digital Humanities." From what you understand of the CWG-K project, how does it fit with current trends in the field? What do you hope to gain from working on the CWG-K project?

This paid internship will consist of 250 hours over the course of 10 weeks—starting on June 1, 2016.

This is a temporary position—with a $2,500 stipend—based in Frankfort, Ky. Employee benefits are not available. Housing is not provided.

Application deadline is March 31, 2016. Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D.

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is a state agency and membership organization that is fully accredited by the American Association of Museums. We educate and engage the public through Kentucky's history in order to confront the challenges of the future.

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Posted: February 29, 2016
Tagged: Internships

2016 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships at Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga offers four graduate fellowships for students seeking a practical, hands-on internship experience at a historic site and museum with cutting-edge programs. Positions available June 13-August 12, 2016, include internships in Exhibitions, Interpretation, Horticulture, and Education. Applications are due April 1, 2016. Fort Ticonderoga seeks graduate students in museum studies, museum education, public history, history, public horticulture, American studies, or military history. Interns will need to be self-motivated and able to work independently as well as contribute to a dedicated team to create and develop ground-breaking exhibitions and programs for a diverse audience. Qualified undergraduates are welcome to apply.

For More Information: http://www.fortticonderoga.org/education/university-partnerships

Posted: November 23, 2015
Tagged: Internships

U.S. Department of State Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) Program

The Office of the Historian will participate in the Department of State's Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program for the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year. The office's Special Projects Division seeks 2-4 VSFSs to serve as virtual research assistants for the Historical Briefing Program (HBP). The HBP provides country-specific historical background on the bilateral diplomatic relationship and evolution of the U.S. representative at post to ambassadors, deputy chiefs of mission, and Foreign Service Officers. At present, briefings are offered for countries within the Europe, East Asia, and Africa Bureaus of the Department.

More information is available at: http://www.state.gov/vsfs/index.htm

Posted: July 6, 2012
Tagged: Internships

Graduate Research/Education Intern in Latino History

The American Social History Project (ASHP)/Center for Media and Learning seeks a graduate student intern for Summer 2011 or Fall 2011 to research and compile a collection of teaching materials on the Latino experience in the United States. Founded in 1981 and based at the City University of New York Graduate Center, ASHP produces award-winning print, visual, and multimedia materials that explore the richly diverse social and cultural history of the United States. The internship will be part-time for 10-12 weeks. For more information visit:

More information is available at: http://ashp.cuny.edu/about-us/internships/internship-in-latino-history/

Posted: January 26, 2011
Tagged: Internships

Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program: Summer 2010

The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP) is seeking 12 diverse undergraduate and/or graduate students for paid internships in history, historic preservation, archeology, architecture, museum studies, ethnic studies, and other related fields. The student application deadline is March 1, 2010.

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Posted: February 10, 2010
Tagged: Internships, News of the Profession